Needle & Thread Workshops

Birdy Stitched Collage with Anne Brooke Textile Artist Saturday 5th October 2019

Regular price £80.00

Saturday 5th October 2019 (Last place remaining)

Anne is a mixed media textile artist, creating bespoke mixed media textile pieces of work that are combined with her love for drawing.

Instead of drawing with a pencil I use a needle and thread. I build up layers of paper and fabric, re-working my pieces with paint, ink, dyes and stamps before drawing on the surface with a sewing machine and needle. My inspiration comes from the walks and journeys I go on. 

Starting with the first step and 'My Right Foot' I collect, draw and photograph the treasures that can go unnoticed and these become the inspiration for my work.

Brief overview of the day: - Using my stitch collage technique we will create a birdy inspired collage that will be mounted onto a canvas at the end of the day. You will use both machine and hand stitch.

If you would like to use your own image bring it with you. You can either create your own template or Anne will give you a hand with this. For your own bird please bring machine and embroidery threads that match your birds colours.

£75 including materials*, equipment, mid morning cake (of course) and a healthy lunch!

Most materials will be provided, and Needle & Thread will have a table of materials for you to use but see below as to things you might like to bring along for your bird. My intention for this workshop is that you don’t need to bring everything and the kitchen sink ;) 

* You will need to bring:   For all birds you will need the following…then select your birds requirements list.

2 Magazines (if possible a matt and a shiny one)

Glue stick

Hand embroidery needles

10x10 inch canvas (Anne will have some for sale £5 each)


    Brown, red and cream machine thread (can be variegated to add an extra effect)

    Brown, red and white Pearle or stranded cotton

    (Optional a metallic gold)


    Blue, yellow, black and white machine thread (can be variegated)

    White Pearle or stranded thread


    White, black and grey machine threads (can be variegated)

    White and black Pearle or stranded threads 


    Variety of brown and cream machine threads (can be variegated)

    White, cream and dark brown Pearle or stranded threads

    Anne will provide

    • Templates for each of the above birds plus some others.
    • Background paper
    • Additional magazines
    • Buttons for embellishment (but feel free to bring your own)
    • Embroidery cottons (I will have some limited colours you can purchase)

    Needle & Thread will have on hand for you to use:

    Big box of hand embroidery thread to dig into, boxes of assorted machine embroidery threads in lots of different colours. Sewing machines, scissors, needles.

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