After attending an extremely enjoyable printing workshop at Selvedge in Archway in December I have kept my eye out for other interesting crafty things to do there. I spotted this Saturday workshop with textile artist Janet Bolton and knew I had to go.
|Janet Bolton Applique|
Way back in 1993 I met Janet at the Harrogate Knit and Stitch Show where I was exhibiting some textile work through Cleveland College of Art and Design. She was as lovely now as she was then with a joyous approach to life (and sewing) which is basically to listen to yourself and do what feels right for you!
The workshop began with a quick biography of Janet's career and her philosophy and approach to making and then quickly onto the fun part of creating.
Using a neutral main fabric as a background we made a 'canvas' by arranging borders of fabric around the central fabric. This was hand-stitched in place.
|We used white paper to create a view-finder to help visual the balance of the colours / fabric and widths of the borders|
|Janet's scraps of fabric that she kindly brought for us to rummage through!|
|Some of the lovely ladies on the course deep in sewing concentration|
The next step was to create the main 'picture' inside the canvas. I didn't want to create anything representational as some of the other ladies on the course were doing so decided upon an abstract route. I used neutral, black, grey and patterned geometric prints to dictate and inspire my composition.
I arranged several versions of what I wanted and used a combination of needle-turned applique (where the edges are carefully turned in and stitched into place) and appliquéing with raw frayed edges showing.
|A cheerful Janet at the end of the workshop!|
I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. I didn't learn any new sewing techniques but spent six hours happily hand-stitching with a great bunch of ladies and loved every minute! A big thanks goes to my new friend Kathy who came all the way from the States to attend this workshop. She brought some lovely fabrics that most of us in the workshop used a bit of!
I have not included the final finished piece as I have signed up to Ute and Sanae's Secret Valentine Exchange for the second year and this might be my secret Valentine's gift. I have yet to decide!
What do you think?
Would you like to receive this hand-stitched textile as a gift?