Needle & Thread Workshops

Seascape Collage and Applique Picture Workshop with Rachel Sumner - Saturday 18th May 2019

Regular price £80.00

Saturday 18th May 2019 10am - 4pm

Spend the day making a collaged and appliqué fabric picture with artist Rachel Sumner!

Along the way Rachel will be sharing some of the techniques used in her textile pictures; letting the fabrics inspire ideas and build up a narrative.

As a creative starting point we will use two simple techniques: layering of colours and patterns to suggest a coastal scene, alternatively the challenge of using a favourite/interesting fabric and building up a seascape by working in contrasting and complimentary fabrics.  

Stitching and embellishment will follow on and once the scene is set we can bring it to life by adding boats, birds or a fishing village, using appliqué, templates and embroidery! 

Included: Materials*, equipment, healthy lunch, cake & refreshments!  

Sewing Machines all provided by Couling Sewing Machines!

* Please bring along:

1. A scrap bag of small to medium pieces plus the equivalent of two to three fat quarters to share: : beach/sea colours for seascape, water hues for sealife. Light to medium weight cottons in plain or smallish patterns are good for this.

2. Reference material: if you have a particular scene/creatures in mind please bring an image along.

3. For the dissolvable fabric technique : bits of ribbon, tangled threads, small items like sweet wrappers, stamps text etc. will be useful.

Rachel Sumner

Rachel Sumner has a BA Hons in Fine Art from Maidstone UCA, Kent. She studied Textiles as a subsidiary subject and this became a great influence on her work - using felt-making, dyeing and weaving to express her ideas. Rachel's inspiration comes from the Devon countryside where she lives. She exhibits in galleries across the UK and participates in North Devon's Open Studios and Art in Action in Oxfordshire. She also undertakes private commissions. Her creations have ended up as far afield as South Korea, USA and Australia.


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