The Monday Folk Art Blanket workshops are on the 2nd Mondays of the month with the first one on the 13th October. We will be making a stitched sampler using hand embroidery stitches and gorgeous hand dyed silk and wool threads.
We are going to be stitching on beautifully soft vintage wool blankets which I have found in the most delicious range of colours. They are my favourite surface for stitching on and the relaxed rhythm of hand sewing is the perfect gentle way to start the week.
We are also going to add some lovely found objects to our samplers. Beading, mother of pearl buttons, jewellery findings. We may also make some handmade felt with merino wool and silk fibres to add some texture to our work.
The day starts at 10am and we will finish in time for the school run at 2.30. Refreshments and materials are provided but bring a packed lunch.
The cost is£45 for the day.
Please contact me through my website to book. www.paulawatkins.co.uk
The monthly Saturday workshops start on October 18th. The cost for the day, 10-4, is £65.
The first one is Altered Books. There are examples and explanations about Altered Books on this blog and also on my website if you would like to get some ideas of techniques or themes.
This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and those who have made books before. We will be starting our book from scratch and learning all kinds of mixed media techniques to make them special.
The November workshop is Gelli Plate Monoprinting. This is a totally addictive way of making unique printed and patterned papers and fabrics.
If you have wanted to try out Gelli printing before buying one this is the perfect way to start and when you are addicted you can buy your plate for a reduced price at the end.
If you have a Gelli plate and want to bring it, that is fine too.
In January the Saturday workshop will be beginners Handmade felt. A flower brooch and a felt panel.
February will be more advanced Handmade Felt techniques; A picture in wet felting and also learning how to do Needle felting.
Following on throughout the year there will be workshops on resin jewellery, rust dyeing, fabric and thread dyeing, journals and sketchbooks and more...