Thursday, 12 June 2008

Summer workshops at Gresford!

I have been finalising dates and topics for my new summer workshops at Gresford. Here's the info from the flyer - photos now added as promised! You will be able to see the workshop samples at Wrexham Quilting Circle's annual exhibition in Gresford, linked to the Gresford Craft Group's exhibition next week - more info here

“Something from (almost) nothing” is my theme for this summer - feel good using up your scraps and recycling fabrics!

Tuesday 29th July - Faux Chenille

make a fluffy faux chenille panel by recycling old clothes, suitable for a panel, rug etc. Machine sewing only.

and a close up of the panel - the texture is really soft - very touchy feely!

Tuesday 5th August - Super Strips Quilt Top

make a dramatic quilt centre from 11/2in strips (21 – 22in long), can also be made from a Moda Jelly Roll. Machine sewing & rotary cutting. This quilt is based very loosely on the "Hearts and Crosses" coverlet in the collection of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles.The first photo below shows the completed quilt top (you'll be getting instructions on how to make the border too) -

This composite image, from the workshop poster, shows what you'll make on the day (the section in the diamond) - the other parts of the quilt top, to finish at home, are made from 16in long strips (instructions will be provided). Or you could just leave it at the centre and make a wallhanging or cot quilt. These really are my scraps, what's leftover when I cut all those "99 Treasures" packs!

Tuesday 19th August - Japanese Art Quilt "Boromono"

Now highly collectable, boromono rag cloths are easy to make, recycling old fabrics – checked shirts are ideal. Think folk art! Machine sewing, rotary cutting, big stitch quilting (hand) and very easy hand applique. Here's the front of mine - every boromono will be unique of course -

and the back -
and a detail -

All at The Memorial Hall, Gresford, 10a.m. – 4p.m. (hall open from 9.30a.m.)

£26 per person per day – requirements list sent on booking

You can contact me re booking via the website

For boromono inspiration, here's a slide show (including some boromono jackets). Alternatively, visit Ichiroya - they list boromono by the other term, ranru (rag cloth) and mottanai (waste nothing) art.

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