Creative Embroidery with Suzi Park at Made by Hand

This afternoon’s workshop was creative embroidery and although it was re-visiting the basics of machine embroidery that I have done previously, I found it informative. I especially appreciated the talk on tension, a scary subject at the best of times.

Suzi showed us some examples of techniques we could try to achieve and this was one of my favourites.

Another piece of information I found useful, was noting down the techniques and experiments that you try. If you stumble across an effect you really like, it would be awful if you couldn’t recreate it again!

To round off a great afternoon Suzi demonstrated the principles of appliqué, which is something I have been wanting to experiment with for some time. I only had time to try a very brief example but I will be trying this again very soon. The first photo of a feather, is an example Suzi showed us and the second is my very crude first attempt at a flower.

Felt Making Workshop with Claire Cawte – Made by Hand

I had a really lovely time this morning in Claire’s workshop. I have done a little needle felting before but never wet felting. I really enjoyed the process and enjoyed creating a 3D vase and will definitely be trying this again. However, I also enjoyed the ‘bi-product’ of the workshop and that was the conversation between the other ladies. It was another occasion when I experienced a task that kept the hands busy and created a relaxed environment, which promoted conversation between a room full of strangers.

This is a selection on Claire Cawte’s beautiful felted work