Needle & Thread Workshops

Small Story Samplers with Ali Ferguson Saturday 1st June 2019

Regular price £80.00

Saturday 1st June 2019 10am - 4pm

A lovely day creating small hand stitched story samplers inspired by a favourite piece of ‘handwriting’ and treasured swatches from Ali’s collection of vintage needlework samples. Just perfect for lovers of vintage!

During the day you will have the opportunity to print your chosen piece of writing onto fabric using an inkjet printer and this will become the starting point for one of your samples. You may also wish to include a photograph printed on fabric. Because of time constraints, Ali will prepare and print these in advance of the workshop – you’ll receive details of how to send your image to her nearer the time.

You’ll be working with a fabulous  selection of vintage and used materials from Ali’s studio such as - old handkerchiefs, vintage table linens, 1940’s floral fabrics, fragments of a  Victorian nightdress and whatever else comes to hand. By using old and used materials we are bringing their stories to the piece too!

Ali will show you a variety of techniques & stiches inspired by her vintage collections and show you how to ‘build’ a small sampler. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced stitcher - running stitch and cross stitch are all you need.  What’s more important is a love for using beautifully tatty  & worn vintage materials.

You will work on two small samplers throughout the day. You will not finish these during the workshop – hand stitching is really slow! You’ll be given all the guidance you need to finish at home and you’ll leave with a gorgeous project to work on and enjoy in your own time.

While a great selection of old & used materials will be provided you may wish to bring along some bits & pieces from your own stash. Think about fragments of lace, old fabric scraps, stitched table linens and any other old bits and pieces that come to hand and are meaningful to you.

You can also bring along some pieces of personal handwriting to copy onto fabric. These could be old letters or postcards or handwritten recipes for example. These won’t be harmed as we will simply be photocopying them. You will get the opportunity to print one A4 pieces of calico so bear this in mind when choosing what to bring. We only have time to make copies so make sure things are the right size before you come. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have time to look things out – you can turn up completely empty handed. Ali will bring a great collection of old pieces of text & printed vintage photos for use. 

This workshop is suitable for everyone from experienced stitchers to beginners – you’ll be shown everything you need to know!

INCLUDED: All materials and equipment* (see notes above for things you might wish to bring along) plus a lovely homemade lunch, cake and refreshments to keep you well fuelled through out the day!


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