Needle & Thread Workshops

Stories from the Paper Quilts - Quilt Top Windows with Maria Thomas Textiles Sunday 24th June 2018

Regular price £75.00

Sunday 24th June 2018 10-4pm £75.00

Maria’s work focuses on rehousing everyday objects that have a specific association or meaning to her. Notions of motherhood, shopping lists, food wrappers and graphic packaging – offering assistance to domestic chores – are carefully sourced, cut out and stitched before being absorbed into the fabric by patchwork and quilting techniques. Shaping memories and experiences into her own visual language Maria’s work is a response to the events of her daily life.

The Workshop
This workshop mixes contemporary and traditional patchwork techniques together. You will create surfaces for patchwork & stitch by painting and bonding layers of materials,  and then use the cathedral window patchwork technique to create patchwork windows.

Cathedral Windows is a traditional quilting technique that earns its title from not including the backing or batting and essentially consists of the patchwork top.  Using hand & machine stich explore this simple patchwork technique working with vintage fabric, paper ephemera and paint.  Make it truly unique by adding your own special papers.

Things you might like to collect to bring along to the workshop to make your piece personal include: beer bottle lids, old buttons, odd bits of haberdashery, ribbons & lace.  A mix of recycled fabric scraps - old embroidered table linen, velvet and Lightweight thin cotton plain or patterned.  Recycled Papers - Graphic packaging from food & house hold products, old dress patterns, envelopes (for the blue inside), broken books & maps. We will also have  materials will be on hand for you to use on the day.

Course Information
Materials & Equipment are included plus a healthy lunch, Coffee, Teas and Homemade Treats.

Maria Thomas
A love of fashion and sewing lead Maria to taking an ND in Printed Textiles at Mid-Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa in the late 1980’s. Keeping her connection with stitch she went on to Study BA Embroidery at Manchester School of Art and in turn completed an MA Textiles at the UCE in Birmingham.

Since graduating Maria has taught drawing, embroidery and printed textile design at degree and FE level. She has designed freelance for fashion, exhibited regularly and has work in public and private collections in the UK & overseas.

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