Saturday 14 & Sunday 21 May 2023, Slow stitched quilted wall hanging with Rebekah Johnston
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Saturday 14 & Sunday 21 May, 14:00 - 17:00 BST (British Summer Time)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Rebekah Johnston
Rebekah Johnston is a textile artist living and working in Nottingham, England. She creates one-off quilted textiles exploring themes of emotional wellbeing. Each piece is slow stitched by hand.
Sustainability is at the heart of her practice. Natural fibers are responsibly sourced; remnants from dressmaking or repurposed fabrics are given new life in handcrafted quilts and hangings that can be passed down and enjoyed by future generations.
Rebekah enjoys the creative challenges that working with fabric remnants provides. Offcuts from previous projects are intuitively arranged into abstract compositions as a new story unfolds through the making process. She is fascinated by the interplay between light and shadow, positive and negative space and the visual tension between these elements, softened with hand stitched textures.
Outline of the workshop
Make a wall hanging approx 33 x 44 cm ( slightly larger than A3) using hand sewing techniques.
In this workshop, Rebekah will guide you through her process of creating a balanced composition guided by the shapes found within scrap fabrics. Using linen offcuts you will use relaxing and mindful slow-stitched techniques to attach your fabrics and add texture. At the end of the two sessions, you will have a completed wall hanging, ready to hang with the addition of a wooden doweling.
Techniques that will be covered in the workshop: approaches to composition, needle turn and raw edge appliqué, sashiko boro-inspired patching, constructing a quilt sandwich, hand quilting, hand-finished binding using the quilt backing, and sewing a hanging sleeve.
Level of experience required
Suitable for beginners or those with some sewing experience.
2 x natural beige linen/ cotton mix fabric rectangles for the quilt top and backing (to be folded over the front and form the binding).
Fabric to make a hanging sleeve or tabs
100% cotton batting
Linen and cotton fabric scraps from Rebekah’s collection in warm or cool colours
DMC perle 8 cottons for hand quilting.
Sashiko needle for quilting
You will also need:
Basic sewing kit such as needles, scissors and sewing threads
Hera marker or butter knife to mark quilting lines
Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat.
A quilting ruler or standard ruler is helpful
A wooden dowel to hang your piece from
Flower head appliqué pins
Optional materials - cutting mat, rotary cutter Grid quilting rulers, thimble
The workshop will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders after the event. Please allow 7 working days for the recording to be sent to you.
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places are non-refundable. However, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
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