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Vintage Textile Cottage Garden Workshop ZOOM - Anne Kelly

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Join us for a workshop on ZOOM with textile artist Anne Kelly in May!

Folk Art and Textile Travels are both wonderful books of Anne's work and great resources for textile inspiraton.  Textile travels will be with us soon but we have Folk Art in stock now. 

Saturday 8th of May from 2:30 - 5pm (UK time) Sold Out.
Sunday 9th of May
 from 2:30 - 5pm (UK time) Sold Out.

The workshop will take place on the ZOOM site. Because of the way we have timed it we hope people in Europe and the States will be able to join in as well!
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not received a zoom link 48 hours before the class, please get in touch with the shop via email or phone.

This class is suitable for any level of experience, all ages and abilities, and stitch techniques will be taught during class as needed.

Floral and vintage fabrics enhance and give depth to many projects. Students will be asked to search through their collections for florals especially to applique onto a square sample. a mixture of couching and hand embroidery will be used to complete the work. The sample can then be made up into a cushion cover, tote bag, or framed piece. The techniques learned and explored can be applied to many future stitching projects.

Using plants, flowers and cottage gardens as inspiration, the aim is to produce a small mixed media textile collage. These will then be stitched and added to with lace and ribbon.  

Hunt through your collections to floral-inspired fabrics, old embroidered snippets of tea cloths or handkerchiefs – also any images that inspire you.

 * It’s helpful to think about colours and choose some that you would like to work with on the day.

 * The piece will be hand stitched and tacked during the course and can be further embellished on a sewing machine if desired.

Please make sure we have the exact email address that you would like us to use to be invited to join the teaching session on zoom.


Materials needed for the workshop: 
  • A selection of plain and printed fabrics (small pieces relevant to the theme) These can be scraps, vintage or new
  • Plain fabric (i.e. cotton mix or calico) – small piece – no larger than A4 size for a background
  • Ribbon or lace scraps  - small buttons
  • Pritt/glue stick
  • Printing blocks and rubber stamps (if you have them)
  • Sewing kit for hand stitching
  • Fabric Scissors 
  • Pins

Have a look at our haberdashery sections for anything you might be missing like scissors, embroidery supplies, ribbons or anything else that might inspire. 
We have some wonderful embroidery threads from Spain and Japan in lots of colours
Finca perle threads
Temaricious threads 

About Anne Kelly

Anne is an award winning textile artist, author and tutor based in the UK, exhibiting and teaching internationally. Her four books for Batsford represent her project and collaborative work, dealing with themes of nature, folk art, travel and migration. Anne’s heavily embroidered fabric collages are reminiscent of tapestry work and her signature stitching technique is applied to a variety of surfaces. She uses mixed media and print to further embellish her work. Anne ‘s work is represented in private and public collections in the UK and abroad. She is listed in the Crafts Council Directory.

100% deposit is required at registration.

Cancellation policy
Full refund of payment for a class will be given for cancellations only if the spot can be filled by another student. Please be considerate. We reserve the right to cancel a class in unusual circumstances. We try to avoid this wherever possible, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. In this situation, of course, a full refund will be given.