Needle & Thread Workshops

Architecture In Stitch with Wendy Dolan - Sunday 29th March 2020

Regular price £85.00

Sunday 29th March 2020 10am - 4pm

Architecture in Stitch with Wendy Dolan

Architecture is the inspiration for this workshop - doors, windows, arches, etc. Coloured fabrics will be pieced, layered and stitched to create an abstract textured background. The image will then be stitched using freehand machine embroidery. Suitable for all levels of ability.

Bring visual resources, pictures of photographs of SIMPLE architectural images, e.g., windows, doors, arches, decorative carvings. Please enlarge your image to approximately A5.

Materials*, Equipment and delicious lunch and cake included.  Limited places so do book early!

Materials Provided: Pre-washed calico backing fabric, a selection of sewing and embroidery threads, a selection of fabrics ((i.e cotton, linen, dupion silks). Please note that you may wish to bring along your own selection of fabrics to match your picture - see below). Vilene backing, paper, tracing paper, pencils, black marker pens, masking tape

Materials you may like to bring:

We will have a selection of materials and threads for you to use on the day, however if you have a particular image you are working to you may wish to bring your own selection of fabrics and threads.

A selection of plain coloured fabrics (i.e cotton, linen, duping silks) within your chosen colour scheme.  Select fabrics with a variety of textures and tones, but do not choose any that are too thick, lightweight or slippery! The colours should be close in tone, not too dark or light.  Small pieces of organzas, scrims are optional.  Think about your colour scheme when selecting fabrics, using shades of one colour and threads which can be a contrast.  

You might choose a range of blue fabrics for your background (not too dark or light), then choose a selection of blue and perhaps orange, terracotta machine threads as a contrasting light.

Threads - Sylko, Guterman, Madeira, Rayons, Cottons. Try and choose a colour scheme for your design and select threads and fabrics accordingly.

About Wendy……

Wendy Dolan has loved designing and creating from an early age. She studied Art and Textiles and qualified with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, teaching in Primary Schools for several years. During this time she returned to college part time and gained a Diploma in Creative Embroidery. With a young family to look after, she began exhibiting and selling her work and sharing her love of textiles with others. Wendy has worked since then as a professional textile artist, tutor and lecturer both in the UK and abroad. She offers a wide range of courses, specialising in Freehand Machine Embroidery and related textile techniques and teaches regularly at West Dean College Sussex, Denman College Oxfordshire and in Murcia Spain for Castanea Craft Holidays. She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, a member of the Embroiderers Guild and her work is held in private collections worldwide. She has worked on some large scale commissions - stage curtains for the Royal Caribbean International cruise line, and a large Millennium wall hung textile for Ashridge House in Hertfordshire.