Shop of Skills 18th and 19th August | Marquee in Princess Way, Swansea
Our Shop of Skills is a chance to learn a new stitch skill in a two-hour lesson with a talented tutor and all for ‘free’. There is no charge for the lesson or materials and the tutor will guide three learners through the whole process for the two hours. You can book into these sessions from approximately 8 o’clock on the morning of Saturday 18th August.
This year we have brought in tutors for children and there are 4 sets of lessons available in two sessions each day. Children over 7, can on Saturday, Make Felt Animals with Helen Gill of local business All Sewn Up Wales, allsewnupwales.co.uk make a pair of pyjama shorts with Nicola Ridd – Davies of the Little Stitchery Sewing Rooms in Ystradgynlais, facebook.com/TheLittleStitcherySewingRooms
Create personalised luggage labels with textile artist Alison Moger mogerdesigns.com or learn new skills to decorate a calico bag in style with local artist Vivian Rhule. On Sunday all lessons stay the same apart from Natasha Morgan etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaMorgan coming in instead of Alison Moger. Local doll artist Natasha will hope the children make a door hanger using traditional embroidery stitches.
For all adults we have a fantastic array of old and new stitch skills. On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th, we have the chance to learn Blackwork from Karen Wise, she is a long-standing member of Carmarthen Creative Stitchers (formerly a branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild) and Stitching Botanicals. She will be teaching a class suitable for both beginners to this intricate-looking technique and experienced stitchers looking for a challenge. Karen will use evenweave or standard fabrics and stranded cotton/silk, the materials are simple but technical advice on the day will ensure a good finish.
With Penny Williams participants will learn the basic techniques of smocking. They will be taught to embroider on gathered cotton fabric. The fabric and embroidery threads will be provided together with the appropriate needle. If the time allows extra strips of cotton fabric could be sewn to the smocked piece to create a pretty gadget case. Penny Williams has enjoyed the art of smocking for over 30 years and she is also a very experienced dressmaker. Join Nia Rhind nia-crossstitch.com to enjoy up to date cross stitch. She has designed and stitched a new coaster kit, especially for the event, based on having a cup of tea. The student will be given a complete kit and they will be guided through the project. At the end, Nia will show the students how to trim down the fabric and placing it in the blank coaster to complete the project.
Carol Bartlett sewlovelypenarth.com Carol’s workshop will explore free-motion embroidery to make a vintage sewing themed picture. Students can choose a colour scheme from a range of lovely fabrics and trims and learn to applique fabric and stitch the lines to create their pictures. Carol graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design. In 2015 Sew Lovely won Sew Magazine’s Best Haberdashery in Wales award, voted for by their readers. Alison Deer “Small fabric brooches” you will create small brooches made from three to four layers of fabric using felted wool or silk, secured with a button or other embellishments. The fabric is cut using a die cutting machine or can be hand cut from a template.
There are a few tutors only with us on Saturday, Roberta Daniel – Roberta will be offering students the chance to learn the art of beadweaving. She plans to use a “two-hole” bead demonstrating how it can be decorated by beadweaving around it. Roberta has been making jewellery for over 30 years and opened her first shop near Llandeilo 25 years ago and now runs Little Gem in Southgate. Monica and Isobelle from Cutting Edge Textiles will give a workshop focusing on creating an interesting background created with printed images and hand stitch. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to print on fabric with stencils and Thermofax screens using acrylic and fabric paint. They will create sea themed background fabrics along with images of a main subject. These could then be enhanced with hand stitch to create a small hanging. Natasha Middleton of Sew Swansea sewswansea.co.uk will be giving a workshop in her definitive style for you to create a personalised brooch using hand embroidery. Natasha has her own studio in Elysium Studios, Orchard St, in the heart of Swansea city and does run a whole range of classes there from individual sessions to group and even hen-parties!
On Sunday we will welcome the ladies from Swansea Bay Yarns swanseabayyarns.co.uk Morgan & Helen will be offering students the chance to learn Tunisian Crochet. This is a different style of crochet and students will be shown the basics and be able to produce a facecloth or dishcloth. Morgan will be providing a lovely cotton to make it, she is the proud owner of Swansea Bay Yarns and has been lucky enough to have turned a life-long passion for knitting and crocheting into this beautiful haven for yarn lovers. The shop is in the residential area of St Helen’s close to Swansea’s Guildhall.
Sunday tutors- learn from Jo Miller – Jo will be showing students how to make a card using Japanese folded patchwork. The block can be used as a greeting card or in turn can then be made to make bags, boxes table runners and even quilts. The patchwork can be made using a machine or hand sewn. Jo has been sewing and knitting since age of 4 and at 9 started with the sewing machine. She runs her own craft business supplying a range of galleries and gift shops and taught patchwork classes for over 10 years. Jane Dorsett – has been a textile tutor (BA HONS) PGCE for 20 years and has taught adult education & freelance workshops in UK & Canada and is Co-ordinator of Torfaen Textile Artists. This will be an informal taster session which will introduce several techniques of rag rug making to students. Relax, have fun, and play with a variety of fabrics and make a flower or mini postcard rug. All tools and fabrics supplied just bring your own creativity and enthusiasm! And on Sunday afternoon Esyllt Jones will be showing students how to make brown paper fabric. The workshop should provide plenty of samples for participants and Esyllt will be helping students to complete one item at least. Esyllt is a founder member of Itchy Fingers Textile Group instagram.com/if_textiles_group and is now Chair. She has a C&G Textile Course diploma, is chair of the Welsh Embroiderers Society and Welsh speaking spokesperson for the Festival.
A fabulous weekend of stitching opportunities!
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