Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 September, 14:00 - 17:00 BST, Canvas Embroidery with Karen Fullalove from England
Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 September 2021, 14:00 - 17:00 BST (British Summer Time, GMT + 1)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Karen Fullalove
Karen Fullalove embroiders stories. Inspired by her grandmother’s needlework as a child, she studied at the London College of Fashion, lived in Greece where she designed clothing ranges embellished with screen print patterns. She has designed and exhibited batik art, eventually finding her voice with embroideries.
She is passionate about the united language of embroidery that has radiated out, over thousands of years, throughout Europe and the Near East. The ancient Phoenicians brought embroidered cloths (and likely settled) during their trade for tin in Britain over 3500 years ago. Karen is continuing this language. It is a language of power and unity that women have used over centuries to express their individual identity, and, the identity of their family, their homestead, region, and country. Their designs gave them a sense of belonging.
In keeping with the principles of this ancient art form, Karen uses local materials, mainly wool which she prepares, spins, and dyes herself with natural plant materials. Her pictures embrace the styles and sacred symbols known to many cultures. They are inspired by nature and life in Sussex but are relevant to many places. Her techniques are canvas embroidery and weaving which both have a traditional history in Britain.
This workshop, for all levels of experience, is an invitation into a united verse. We will be creating a sacred icon in canvas embroidery.
We will create a beautiful image with ancient symbols which speak on many levels. Every symbol was empowered by meaning to the women who embroidered them and, in your pack, you will learn what these symbols represent and to note how they remind you of experiences that brought you joy. These private thoughts will give personal power to your piece as you stitch those feelings, your language, into your work.
Using wool which has been hand prepared, dyed and spun, you will learn how to create different stitches and how they give texture to your piece. You have the option to swap the colours to your own preference and space to add your own design motif, if desired.
You will learn how to finish your piece by stretching and lacing it onto a solid base. Your finished work can then be framed for display, or you may wish to keep it in the handmade cotton pouch provided so you can take it with you wherever you go for your empowerment.
*The workshop will be recorded and made available to participant*
A material pack will be sent to participants prior to the workshop containing:
High quality cotton canvas, prepared for stitching
Hand washed, spun and dyed yarn in a variety of colours
Mount board backed with plywood and yarn for finishing
Handmade cotton pouch
Paper with photo instructions
Paper with symbolic meanings
Participants will need to provide:
Small needlework scissors
Ruler or measuring tape for determining yarn length
Two small bowls for reusable yarn lengths and small waste pieces
Stitch un-picker or finer needle (if any unpicking needed)
Please note: material packages are shipped on an insured, trackable delivery service. Any customs duties, delays, lost or undeliverable packages are the responsibility of the customer. Once a material package leaves the workshop tutors' hands with a tracking number, the seller has no further obligation to the buyer.
Workshop cancellation policy
All places reserved on workshops are non-refundable.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, email@example.com.