CODE: 1st APRIL
Make a lampshade in your own choice of design, colours and fabrics!
On this course you will spend the day in my home in the Staffordshire countryside creating a beautiful lampshade inspired by British wildlife and my handmade textile pieces. Lampshade kits will be supplied and this includes the frames and the backing fabric to make your shade. A range of appliqué fabrics will also be included. You can create your lampshade for either a lampbase or for a ceiling light and the finished lampshade measures 20cm x 20cm.
I will be teaching a variety of techniques that you will be able to use to create your unique design. If you want to bring your own design ideas, please do so, or you're welcome to use the hand-drawn templates that I use to create my own designs.
See the photos for examples of lovely work from previous workshop participants.
This is an intermediate workshop so is suitable for those who have already completed the Flowers and Grasses course. If you are new to free motion embroidery I would recommend the Flowers and Grasses Workshop to start with. You will need to feel fairly confident using your machine to 'draw' with as we won't spend much time on the basics - we'll launch straight in to creating samples for your lampshade, and then your finished piece!
You will spend the morning learning different techniques from my demonstrations, then putting them into practice. After lunch you will make your finished piece. Once you've stitched out your unique creation, you will then spend the last hour of the day making it up into a lampshade. A detailed handout with photographs will also be provided.
This workshop will run from 10am until 4pm so please also bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks and cake will be supplied throughout the day!
What previous participants say:
"I enjoyed learning different sewing skills that I have never tried before, and which I want to practise again, in particular the 'free sewing ' on the lampshades."
"Friendly atmosphere, clear instruction and encouragement from Jo. I felt filled with confidence, and as a result produced something I was surprised I was so pleased with!"
"A really lovely day. Jo was so generous with her materials, ideas and expertise. The pace of the day was just right and I managed to produce 2 pieces which I'm really pleased with. Even though I've done free motion machine embroidery before, I learnt so much about different techniques, materials and processes - and Jo made it all look so easy!"
What to bring - please read!
Please bring your sewing machine, general sewing kit, packed lunch, sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop measuring 7" or 8" in diameter and 1cm deep.
Embroidery hoops are available to purchase when you book your workshop place and will be given out on the day. They are £3.50 each - please select 'Embroidery Hoop' below.
If you want to bring your own design ideas please do so. You will also need to have a sewing machine where the feed dogs can be lowered to enable free-motion stitching, as well as a darning/embroidery foot for your machine.
If you don't have a sewing machine, you are welcome to rent one for £10; please select 'Rent a Sewing Machine' below.
All fabrics will be supplied but feel free to bring your own thin fabrics if you have a particular colour scheme in mind. Thin fabrics include cottons such as patchwork and quilting fabrics or shirt material.
A general sewing kit comprises spare bobbins, spare needles (machine and hand sewing), threads, small scissors for cutting thread, pins and a tape measure.
I have a supply of fabrics, threads and design ideas that you will be welcome to use!
All workshops take place in my studio or house, in the countryside in Whitgreave, just outside of Stafford (a five minute drive from Junction 14 of the M6) and run from 10.00am until 4.00pm. My postcode is ST18 9SP and house is 'Pine Ridge'.
Places on each workshop are limited to eight (with the exception of the Fabric Painting and Interpreting a Paper Image in Fabric workshop which are just four students) so that I am able to spend as much time with each workshop participant as possible. If we are a group of four or fewer we'll be in my lovely garden studio; any number between five and eight and we'll be in my newly-renovated house with lots of natural light and space.
You will benefit from tailored, small group tuition and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Workshop students are also entitled to 10% off any item of printed homewares (cushions, cards, lampshades, bags, coasters, placemats and chopping boards) purchased on the day of the workshop.
Places on the workshop are refundable in full less a 10% PayPal admin fee, if cancelled up to one month before the date of the workshop. You can also transfer onto a different workshop of your choice at this point.
If you need to cancel after that, you may do so up to 7 days before the date of the workshop at which point a full refund (less 10%) can be given only in the event that I am able to sell the place. Alternatively you can transfer onto another workshop but only if I am able to sell your original place.
No refunds or transfers onto other workshops will be offered if cancelled 7 days or fewer before the workshop (but you can send a friend in your place instead!).
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