Hey friends! I’m taking a little break from workshops until the end of the summer. I’m developing some ideas for an embroidery series, a block-of-the-month appliqué project, more slow stitching, and some cool and different ideas for wall hangings and banners. Sign up for the newsletter to stay informed & see you soon!
Girls Night: Crafts & Tasting
Coming up on Friday, April 5th is the very first Girls Night: Crafts & Tasting event put on by the #girlbossgroningen group. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with and support nine local women entrepreneurs in Groningen and choose four of nine 25-minute workshops ranging from papercraft, stitching, tea and chocolate tasting and meditation. I’m proud to be part of this group and excited to experience our first event together!
Spring Blooms Wool Appliqué Garland
Last Fall I made one of these garlands with Ceylon tea-dyed muslin and colorful appliquéd wool felt leaves. I liked it so much that I’ve made another with spring flowers inspired by traditional Swedish, Polish and Hungarian traditional flower embroidery patterns. The muslin backing is hand dyed in nettle tea and is a soft, lovely neutral. The workshop fee includes a project kit and all the materials you’ll need to complete your garland. All you need to bring is a pair of sharp embroidery scissors! (I’ve got some for sale if you don’t have a pair) We’ll spend the afternoon together, enjoying tea and a light lunch & snacks, and you’ll leave with the skills and knowledge to inspire your own wool felt appliqué creations.
You’ll learn some basic sewing skills, like threading your needle and making knots in your floss, as well as:
- The best needles to use with the materials for this project
- How to “strip” your embroidery floss
- How to use a needle threader
- Basic embroidery and appliqué stitches
- Using freezer paper to transfer patterns onto wool
- Cutting, placing and basting your wool
Some experience with embroidery is helpful but not absolutely necessary. See you there!