Friday, 16 May 2014

Crash course in patchwork - results!

I have just got from the WI's Denman College, Marcham a very convenient thirty minute drive from home, having taught my crash course in patchworking.
The course is aimed at patchwork novices and I hope to inspire them and liberate them from pre conceived ideas as to what is the right/wrong way of patchworking, encouraging them to find their own style whilst mastering some basic skills and gaining confidence.
I recently had a lovely note from a student who had attended another version of this course earlier in the year, to say that having done my 'Whacky cushion' (her description) she had designed and sold twelve cushions and been commissioned to make six for a hotel on the Galapagos Islands - as a teacher I can't wish for more......

So here are today's successes and what I love is the variety of designs and approaches and all the smiles

Happy student with pretty cushion
The first row of something which will be much bigger
Lovely mix of fabrics, especially those dots
Large panel with added embellishments and machine embroidery
Panel made in to bag
And on the back 'lightening flash' strip patchwork
Highly textural panel using furnishing fabrics, love the tufted strips
and the very three-d 'pom pom'

More creative stitching at Denman suited to beginners especially but all welcome, and you don't have to be a member of the WI to attend the courses-

13th - 15th October, super creative cushions, ripping, gathering embellishing to your heart's content

13th - 14th November, hand stitched patchwork using templates

1st December Patchwork for beginners, Christmas stars

9th - 11th January, Happy scrappy patchwork, getting creative and having fun with patch work

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