Tuesday, 9 July 2013
The Craft Sessions: My Workshops
I have been very remiss in not posting about this until now but school holidays always catch me by surprise - so much to do and so little free time to do any personal stuff. The workshop details are now available on The Craft Sessions website and I am secretly (or not so secretly) jealous that you guys get to experience so many great classes and I can't!! How I would love to follow Jules around the Yarra Valley, learning about which plants can be used for dyeing or learn embroidery from Melissa! But because I'll be teaching all day Saturday and Sunday, I instead get to teach my very favourite things in the world to a like minded group and really, that is going to be pretty damn awesome too. I am so very excited about my workshops and hope I can make them as inspirational and fulfilling as possible.
I will be teaching Block Printing on Fabric, which is obviously very close to my heart. This class will cover the basics of creating a design suitable for block printing, how to transfer a design onto the carving block, how to carve with a lino cutter set, what paints and ink are suitable for stamping on fabric and what base cloths work best. There will be time allotted to work on a simple design, my workshopees will then carve their own stamps and can have a play with stamping using supplied inks and cloth. I will be bringing a wide variety of material for inspiration, some books and beauty collected from nature - seedpods, seashells, oh so many things - and will talk about finding the simple lines within each. I LOVE having this extra excuse to forage for bits of treasure from nature and already started this past weekend, even though my current collection would probably suffice. I cannot wait to see what is produced by these workshops (I'll be teaching two half day sessions)!
The other two half day sessions I'll be teaching will be on my Freeform Patchwork technique. This is the improvisational patchwork style that I've created over the past 5 years, piecing scraps together to create one-of-a-kind quilt tops without stress or precise measurements. I'm bringing my own (rather insane) supply of scraps for this one but participants are welcome to bring their own fabric or scrap box too. This is such a fun technique and one that I wholeheartedly enjoy, I can't wait to share it with others!
The Craft Sessions blog has a little interview with yours truly on their blog right now and are giving awaya set of six Maze & Vale handprinted fabric panels to go with it. Head on over to their website and sign up for the mailing list to be eligible, they are drawing a winner from the mailing list this Friday - good luck!