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Saturday, 28 December 2019

hurrah for a stitchy workshop (not mine!) ...

it is always a lovely treat to go on someone else's workshop...this time on a very frosty icy day, and a 45 min drive over to the village hall in Culgaith, near Penrith. I stopped on the way to photograph these beautiful tempting frosted grasses, berries and seedheads...
and arrived at a cosy hall full of bustling women, with textile artist Shelley Rhodes, our tutor for the day, laying out a table full of her delicious hand stitched work...yes hand stitch, you read correctly! I was lured by the thought of 2 whole days doing something I don't do as a general thing in my own work..and so excited to see Shelley's work for real, and meet other creative souls for some fabric exploration...out of my comfort zone!
After some demo-ing from Shelley we got cracking with some simple line drawing from objects,which we then used to make into mini prints on the fabric in our stashes...half the fun of the day is seeing what other people have brought and how their creativity starts to play out...

It's always hard to get started when you don't know where you're going...at the end of the first day, I had lots of scraps of fabric which I had battered, painted, printed, bashed, meshed and embellished...but no idea what was going to come next. I went home tired, but hoepful that the second day would bring some clarity and magic!

but by playing with our fabrics and printed pieces , with guidance from Shelley and inspiration and encouragement from everyone, we slowly pull something coherent together...
it's surprisingly tiring just making all day, I went out for a little walk along the village to get some fresh air in the afternoon of the 2nd day...and as always there are more things to inspire and I just happened to have my camera with me...
We eventually came to tidy up time as the workshop drew to a close, and the excitement of show and tell time! We all laid out our work together and stood around to talk, discuss and admire all our beuatiful creations...it's always amazing to have a group do the same process but come out with such different and varying outcomes...each one a delight and an inspiration!


Huge thanks to Shelley for a fantastic workshop, and to Kay for organising it, I made some new friends and spent time with some old friends which was all part of the joy...just got to finish handstitching my piece...

Hope you had a joyful relaxing Christmas, thanks for being here and reading...

See you in the New Year...lookinf forward to all that 2020 has to offer(including Shelley's new book due out next year!)...