Wednesday, June 2, 2010

1 May - Maggie Grey Workshop

Places on this workshop were filled as quickly as it was organised. Following her talk last year, Maggie very kindly agreed to squeeze us into her already very full schedule. Everyone knew of Maggie, either through her books, her blog or Workshop on the Web so the class was eagerly anticipated.

Entitled "Slip, Slap, Stitch", the idea is to make a slip and a background, slap the slip on the background and stitch them together. It was a fast paced class and we covered a lot of techniques. To begin with we foiled velvet and painted lutradur, which we set aside to dry. These were the basis of our background and later in the day we would sandwich them onto felt and machine stitch the layers together before burning away some of the lutradur with a hot air gun.

In the mean time we made our slip by machine embroidering an outline onto black felt, cutting out the shape, attaching it to another piece of felt and machine embroidering into the void spaces.

Finally, these were cut out again and stitched to the background.

Maggie is an engaging and enthusiastic tutor. A wealth of information and advice, she encouraged everyone to develop their own designs and ideas. I think that everyone who was lucky enough to secure a place on this workshop would agree that it was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day.

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