Slow Stitch with Claire Wellesley-Smith


Saturday 25 November, 11-5, £120 includes a light lunch

Hosted by Claire Wellesley-Smith

Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, educator and writer based in West Yorkshire. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Dyes and stitches on reclaimed cloth are used in slow processes that allow time for consideration of methods of production and narratives of use. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place. She is a highly experienced tutor who has worked in higher education, on long-term community projects about wellbeing, arts and health, and heritage, and at venues around the UK and Europe.

This hand-stitch course will explore a variety of ‘slow’ textile techniques using traditional skills as inspiration. Old quilt samples, Japanese Boro pieces, and hand-mended scraps are among the textile treasures from Claire’s collection. You will be exploring these and learning to ‘read’ the textiles. Under Claire's guidance, you will use simple stitching, plain-sewing and patchwork techniques with a palette of thread and fabric that have been repurposed and naturally dyed by Claire. There will be opportunities to explore and discuss the pleasure and wellbeing benefits that can be found from slow textile processes. This course will encourage a reflective way of working and will lead to a resonant, personal piece of work. 

All materials will be provided, however you could bring your own fabric scraps and threads for incorporating with your stitching and a simple sewing kit. You could also bring along a textile that you are happy to share a story about with the group (not to include in your work). It could be something that you have made, or a family textile.

There are 8 places available, this class is suitable for beginners.

Selvedge Shop, 162 Archway Road, London N6 5BB

Tube: Archway and Highgate
Buses: 134, 43, 263
Free Parking after 12 o'clock on Langdon Park Road next to the shop.