Simple Stitches: Infinite Possibilities
Embroidery offers infinite possibilities. This workshop invites exploration of a simple range of stitches and their adaptability. In a small group, a facilitator will guide you through a simple, single stitch to create a small sample as a reference point. Then, changing length or direction of stitch, thread weight and/or color, proximity or repetition, you are on the way to creating any number of free-form variations. There are no boundaries.
The participants will repeat this process with a different stitch, either from the Straight Stitch family, Cross stitch, or Knots & Chains families. All the while creating different lines, marks, outlines, filling-in or to play with movement.
The effects of stitches vary with the background fabric, so you may wish to try your newfound techniques on your own felted textiles with the guidance and support in developing your own personal compilation.
Materials included in cost: Needles, fabrics, selection of threads
A selection of textile threads and fibres, stitch accessories, sample fabrics and pre-loved books will be available for purchase.
Participant Experience Level: Beginners to more experienced.
This workshop will be facilitated by Jennifer Walton. A teacher, Jenny has been a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild since 2003 and Group Leader of the Guild’s Innovative Stitches Group for several years.
The group, formed in the early 2000s to cater for a growing number of Guild members who wanted to extend their skills beyond traditional embroidery to design and contemporary textile techniques.
Monthly workshops give members skills in techniques needed including embroidery, felting, fabric collage, and fabric manipulation. The group also works together to encourage and help members develop their own artistic style and interests.
Recent exhibitions include ‘Signals, Cyphers and Stories: A stitched history of telecommunications’ at Wireless Hill Museum in 2021 and ‘Enshrined’ at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda October 2023.
The facilitators will be 3 experienced embroiderers, who have each exhibited work as individuals and contributed pieces to form group installations.