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All the processes and techniques of all my workshops you have wanted to try -
but are not sure where to start.
Or maybe you need to refresh your skills.
Tinkering with Tyvek
You will paint and stitch, incorporate polyester organza with this wonderful medium, then heat it with various tools to create fascinating textures, bowls, vessels or sculptural forms. You will need a sewing machine and a heat gun for the workshop. No aerosols or oil-based paints can be used on this workshop.
Bonkers About Bondaweb
You will work through the basics of all the creative applications for painted and unpainted Bondaweb. This will include foiling for T shirts, decorating book covers and creating beautiful surfaces on which to stitch, using all manner of sparkle and/or natural elements.
Create wonderful surfaces to stitch by ironing Bondaweb onto fabric or recycled papers.
You will also work with soldering irons to cut applique shapes.
Raising the Surface for Stitch
Working with Bondaweb/Vliesofix/Wonderunder 805 and Tyvek, along with other ways to create texture, you will develop some great raised surfaces to stitch over and across. You will work on layering up samples during the workshop. Tyvek is a fabulous product for creating interesting textures but needs to be blended into your work by using toning colours and incorporating with stitch.
A New Starting Point
Discover and develop the redemptive qualities of old newspapers, maps, music and books. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix/Wonderunder 805 and all manner of sparkle, we will explore the possibilities of layering textures.
Explore the possibilities of transfer paints/disperse dyes and crayons, creating fabulous colours on synthetics and more subtle effects on naturals. We will try resists, overprinting, layering and various ways of applying paint and crayons.
Zap! Pow! Slash & Melt!
For all those that love their heat tools or would like to know more about how to use them. You will use an iron, heat gun and soldering iron and a sewing machine on this workshop. Working with Lutradur, painted and unpainted Bondaweb, transfer foils and gilding flake.
Learn how to control heat and the effect you can achieve with it. You can work in 2 or 3D in the workshop, it’s up to you. No aerosols or oil-based paints can be used on this workshop.
Beautiful Boxes & Book Covers
Enjoy creating larger boxes with the very firm Vlieseline S133 and smaller boxes and book covers with the more leather like Vlieseline Decovil 1 or Decovil light. The box shapes can be cut with a scalpel/knife. Both these wonderful interfacings have glue on one side so your decoration can be ironed onto this surface. You will choose how you decorate the box or book cover, whether it is with my ‘background and pretty’ technique, or maybe newspaper faux chenille – or maybe both. You will be using recycled papers and Bondaweb/Vleseline/Wonderunder 805 and all manner of sparkle.
We will look at edges and how you might join the seams of your boxes. Also, how they might be fastened.
If you would rather go ‘off piste’ and work on free form sculpture – Go for it!
Fabulous Cuffs & Collars
The leather like Decovil 1 and Decovil light iron on interfacings are fabulous products to work with. Being heavier than most interfacings they are perfect for making decorative collars and cuffs. They are light enough to stitch into and can be cut with scissors and a soldering iron to create exciting edges. You can experiment with different ways of fastening your pieces and discover how you can create jewel like surfaces using gilding flake, transfer foil, printing and flat backed gem stones. (real or plastic).
Bauble, Bangles and Beads
Do you have a collection of old and new beads and broken jewellery?
Have fun creating beautiful bangles and bowls. Working with different weights of wire you can create various effects with all those boxes of colour and shine you have been saving, for just this workshop.
Now you see it . . !
Discover all the possibilities for working with water soluble fabric using hand and machine stitch. Make beautiful lacy bowls, new fabrics, pictures, even jewellery. There is so much you can do with this versatile product.
Silk is such a fascinating and versatile fibre, you can dye it, mold it, stitch it, create 3D forms . .
You can also incorporate silk fibre in most textile processes. Learn how to identify different types of silk and what they are best used for. Then start creating with some ideas from Kim.
Newspaper Faux Chenille
This technique is not complicated to learn and have fun with.
Working with painted and unpainted newspaper, old maps, music – whatever you have, but newspaper is my favourite.
The workshops are suitable for beginners or the experienced textile artist. You can always learn something new.
The most important thing is we have fun while we learn.
The best thing as you are working from your home/studio is, being surrounded by all your 'stuff'!!
You can find just what you need, when you need it.
If you have any questions - do please email me.