Sit & Stitch at the Studio has started well for 2016 and feedback has been very encouraging and supportive of the creative and friendly space in which we come together. I have a revised schedule for the year which is working well for those that can attend on Mondays and Tuesdays and for those unable to attend during the day, an after hours session on a Tuesday evening.
I am thrilled that participants are so enthusiastic to take on new and creative ways of working with fabrics and threads and I am delighted to be teaching my textile art again among other things. I have set days for project workshops (See my teaching schedule in the top menu) but all in all we mainly work together on existing projects or new textile art pieces. Some bring their own work, embroidery or quilts and with others I provide support where I can and short tutorials on techniques and skill development.
My teaching style has always been to inspire and encourage practice, trial and error where possible so that each participant develops the confidence to make creative decisions and develop their own style of working. A most inspiring teacher once said to me “respect the marks you make with stitch, there are no mistakes” . This has become my motto as I too like to encourage participants to take risks with textures, colour ways and markings and dare to do things differently! I have to say I have been thrilled with the progress to date and have witnessed some beautiful work to completion.
On a final note albeit belated, Maureen T. and Jacqui M. each entered a piece into the 2015 Clunes Agricultural Show (home and garden section, novice appliqué) in November. For both it was their first ever competition entry of which I felt very proud for them both. Over 8 weeks Maureen worked on her mini canvas series and was gainfully rewarded with an overall second prize which was a huge achievement for a first ever attempt at making art with textiles.
Congratulations, you are an amazing group of women to work with and I love to create with you all. Cxx