Workshops for Groups

All the workshops below are suitable for bringing out to groups. They all can be adapted to suit groups needs and different environments. Some workshops will have an extra materials price per person.

Please note – I am now fully booked for 2018. However, I am taking bookings for 2019.

Dyeing The Natural Way

Spend a day learning how to dye fabric and yarns with natural plants. Discover the fascinating results that can be achieved through natures store cupboard. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those more experienced in dyeing fabrics. This workshop uses plants from around the world. (I bring electric hobs and pans so a kitchen is not required for this workshop. I can also provide a marquee if needed.)

Dyeing From The Kitchen Cupboard

Simply take a handful of teabags, a sprinkling of spices, dark juicy berries and add spinach, onion skins and an assortment of citrus peel. Gently simmer with fibres to create your own unique colours. In this workshop you will learn how to use everyday items found from within your kitchen cupboard to create safe, eco friendly colours. You will learn several different approaches to dyeing and learn about when and how to mordant.

Wonderful Woad

In this fantastic new workshop you will learn all about the heritage woad plant and learn how to use woad powder to make up your very own vat. The woad plant has been used for dyeing since Neolithic times and gives a range of shades of blue. Come and experience the magic when fibres come out of the vat yellow and slowly once exposed to oxygen they turn blue. You will be able to dye a wide range of threads and fibres. (This workshop is best done outside and I can bring a marquee with me.)

 

Indigo Blues

In this workshop you will be taught how to make up a synthetic indigo bucket vat and a smaller jar vat. Indigo dyes fabrics a medium to dark shade of blue and you will be able to dye your own fabrics and threads. If you have never experienced the magic of indigo before then book this for your group.

Starting Shibori

This workshop will teach you about how you can add pattern and texture to your fabrics through the use of stitch resist and clamping. Many traditional techniques will be taught. You will use navy procion to dye your fabrics traditional navy blue.

Dye The Right Way

This is a workshop designed to teach you how to use procion dyes to colour cotton fabrics. You will learn about making up dye solutions and why they are important for the final results. Throughout the day you will learn eight different ways of applying the dye and end up with some stunning fabrics.

 

Confidence With Curves

Throw away your rulers and enjoy a day learning how to cut free curves from fabric with a rotary cutter. You will learn how to stitch them together accurately by sewing machine and then stitch them into quilting blocks. You will be able to use your blocks to make a bag, table runner or as part of a quilt.

Stitching For Texture

Spend a day extending your stitching and quilting repertoire by exploring both traditional and contemporary quilting stitches to create texture and line in your work. learn how to mix hand and machine stitching for unique effect. You will go home with all your samples made into a stitched book. This workshop includes hand and machine stitching.

Slow, Slow, Stitch, Stitch Slow

In this workshop you will use the soft colours of naturally dyed fabrics and threads. This day is all about learning how therapeutic and relaxing hand stitching can be whilst creating your very own masterpiece. You will learn about traditional quilting stitches, kantha quilting, Japanese Boro and patchwork techniques. The combination of cottons, silks and linens with varying thickness of threads will give endless design possibilities. You will be able to continue stitching into your work after the workshop.

Kantha Running Hare

In this day workshop, Angela will teach you how to stitch one of her most popular hare designs. You will learn all about how wonderfully relaxing Kantha work is and that size does not matter, consistency of stitch is much more important. You will be guided through how to transfer a design from a paper pattern to fabric and how to layer up your work with something soft like cotton muslin underneath it. Tips will be given about the best ways to start and stop your stitching and which needles and threads work well. You will learn about stitching and infilling representational shapes and many variations of running stitch.

A kit can be provided or a requirement list send to you for this workshop.

Kantha Moon Gazing Hare

The moon gazing hare is an iconic symbol which is almost universal. There is a history of hares being linked to the moon which has come to symbolise creativity, fertility, new beginnings and good fortune.

In this day workshop, Angela will teach you how to stitch this most magical of images. You will learn all about how wonderfully relaxing Kantha work is, and that size does not matter when you stitch; consistency of stitch is much more important. You will be guided through how to transfer a design from a paper pattern to dark fabric and how to layer up your work with something soft like cotton muslin underneath it. Tips will be given about the best ways to start and stop your stitching and which needles and threads work well. You will learn about stitching and infilling representational shapes and many variations of running stitch, you will also learn about stitching in the round and keeping your work flat.

A kit can be provided or a requirement list send to you for this workshop.

Kantha Journal

In this relaxing hand stitching workshop you will learn about Kantha work and how to use this technique to stitch your memories into a fabric journal. Kantha just uses the running stitch to create representational images and texture with your stitching. It is a technique suitable for all levels. You will use Kantha techniques to create two pages for your fabric journal. Every journal will be unique and individual, for an additional £2 you have the option to send Angela four of your photos before the workshop to be printed onto A4 fabric. The workshop will also teach you about how to add fabric pockets onto your pages to keep precious things, how to make more journal pages at home and how to stitch them altogether to complete your fabric journal.

This workshop is also able to be taught in much more depth as a two day workshop with people stitching into four double pages rather than two.

A kit can be provided or a requirement list send to you for this workshop.

 

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