Judy Wilford: Telling Tales- Simple Stitches 25-26 February

$260.00

The Workshop is based on the simple running stitch or ‘Kantha’ stitch used by women in Bangladesh to form figurative or narrative embroideries.

Such embroideries can reflect everyday subjects, nature and experiences of life.

The subject is your choice: the techniques are simple- hand held stitchery.

The work will be 4 small (8x8cm) panels relating to your subject which can be pieced together or made into a book. Bring your subject to life using the wonderful medium of fabric, thread and stitch.

This workshop will suit all levels of experience. A fabric kit will be available.

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Judy Wilford’s workshop is based on the simple running stitch or ‘Kantha’ stitch used by women in Bangladesh to form figurative or narrative embroideries.

Such embroideries can reflect everyday subjects, nature and experiences of life.

The subject is your choice: the techniques are simple- hand held stitchery.

The work will be 4 small (8x8cm) panels relating to your subject which can be pieced together or made into a book. Bring your subject to life using the wonderful medium of fabric, thread and stitch.

This workshop will suit all levels of experience. A fabric kit will be available.

 

THE RIGID EMBROIDERY FRAME

A flat, rectangular frame with fixed (Lap Jointed) corners.  The frame must be level – it will lie completely flat on a flat surface.

Any strong frame such as one used for silk screen printing or an artist’s stretcher frame for oil painting etc.

The suggested size for this workshop is 30 x 40 cm – the minimum internal dimension.

SETTING UP THE FRAME

MATERIALS

One frame to the required size

2 C or G Clamps such as Fretsaw Clamps (bring these clamps to the workshop)

Fabric Scissors

Strong thread and a suitable sized needle

Unwashed Calico *****

Masking Tape

Pencil

TECHNIQUE

* Cut the unwashed Calico slightly larger than the outside of the frame.

* Dampen and steam iron the Calico dry.  This may take several times to get it to feel like parchment.  Lay the frame on the Calico and draw around the outside edge with the pencil and cut away the excess fabric.

* Fix the Calico to the frame with masking tape – tape the four corners first, then the long sides and then the short sides.  Tension the Calico as you tape it into place.

*Clamp the frame to the table with one long edge protruding 9 -10 cm beyond the edge of the table; using the strong thread with a Blanket Stitch or Buttonhole Stitch lace the Calico to the frame.

* Begin by pulling the thread through the Calico at one corner and tie it tightly around the frame leaving a tail of 10 cm.  Stitch to the other corner pulling the fabric tightly to the inner edge of the frame; finish with a stitch through the top of the last stitch which will fall at the corner.  This stitch is like a half hitch knot and will lock the stitched line into place.  Leaving a ‘tail’ of some 10 cms cut the thread.

* Unclamp, turn the frame, re-clamp and lace the opposite long side; this time place the stitch some 5-10 mm into the calico and pull it firmly to the edge of the frame.  This will tension the calico; the tension must be maintained throughout stitching this side.  Finish off as before with a half hitch knot.  Stitch the two shorter sides in the same way.

* Tie the corner threads together and clip off close to the knot.

Note:  The stitch should be approximately the same distance apart as the width of the frame.  Stitched in this way you will need 4-5 times of thread to the length of the frame. It is impossible to maintain tension if the stitches are too close together.  It is preferable not to join thread while stitching a side but if you need to – finish and begin again as you do at the corners.

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