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Up the Garden Path (in conjunction with Secret)

Tutor Sharon Peoples
Duration 2 days
Dates Sat 26 and Sun 27 Sept
Standard Price $220  Members Only Price $180
Fees Due By 26 Aug
Venue  76 Queen St, Concord West

This is a design led workshop.

In this workshop you will make two small ‘inner gardens’ based on a template. One is heavily machine embroidered piece using random zig-zag stitch, on pieced fabric. The second is on water soluble fabric using the same template make a lace-like structure. We will begin the first day with a stitch meditation exercise focussing on tending your own inner garden. We will use this as a springboard for designing and producing meaningful and original work. The template is based on one of Bill Mollison’s permaculture gardens, so that it gets us thinking about not only our approach to the ‘world-wide garden’ but our own creative world. 

Positive limitations, such as using this template encourages, and indeed, simplifies the creative process as we wander up the garden path. Sue Stone (from the 62 Group) askes: “What is stopping you from stitching your own story? If you were to stitch your own story where do you start?” Here is a good starting point.

Participants will be provided with a basic kit ($15) containing the template, base fabric, fabrics for piecing, Vliesofix, and soluble fabric. I will also provide fabric and thread for the stitch meditation exercise. Please bring a small notebook (or if you keep a sketchbook bring that along) for writing out thoughts and ideas. 

This is not a beginners’ machine embroidery class. Participants will need to bring their own sewing machine. Your sewing machine needs to be in good working order and bring along all feet (darning or free motion embroidery, as well as normal sewing foot, essential), accessories, manual & extension table. You will need to know how to lower, or on some models, cover the feed teeth. 

Participants will also need to bring a variety of machine embroidery threads, in particular greens, browns/tans for garden path and flowers; scissors (both paper and fabric), extra machine needles, pins, 6-10 safety pins and pencils for tracing.

Skill level: Some experience necessary




Enrol in this Workshop

You can book a place in this workshop by contacting the Embroiderers' Guild NSW.

Some workshops will have an additional charge for kits - please enquire at the time of booking.

All bookings are subject to the
Guild's Workshop Policy.