WORKSHOPS // Meet some of the talented makers that bring our workshops to life!
We are lucky to work with a number of freelancers who share their creative skills and talents and offer a wide range of workshops, and we have some great ones coming up in the new year! Here’s a bit more information about what you could learn with our talented freelancers in the next few months, and get your creative juices flowing
Learn to Knit with Michele is a brand new course starting in March 2023. Michele is Fabric technician and Textile artist with a degree in Printmaking and an MA in Textile Practice, and they have over 20 years of experience working across various textile and print related projects. These have included creating bespoke fabrics, knitted props and costume related garments and accessories for film and TV. If you’ve ever wanted to knit your own projects this will be an invaluable workshop. Over three Thursday evenings you’ll learn how to cast on and understand tension, casting off, and beginner stitches. By the end of the sessions you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to read knitting patterns, and start your own projects. Knitting is a perfect winter skill, and we have some lovely second hand knitting books for sale if you need supplies.
Victoria is a qualified art teacher and practising artist, and will be hosting a Creative Hand Embroidery workshop on 12th February 2023. Victoria uses recycled materials in her work and teaching, and nothing will go to waste in this workshop. In this workshop you’ll learn various stitches and embroidery techniques. The focus of this event is wellbeing, and the therapeutic aspects of embroidery, and as a result is suitable for both beginners, and more experienced embroiderers who want a relaxing sewing session with like minded folks.
Margaret is a quilting wizard! A member of Davyhulme Quilters and of The Quilters Guild, she has loads of experience in both beautiful patchwork and quilting techniques. Quilting with Margaret is designed to show that if you can use a needle, you can learn to quilt. Margaret is a great advocate for our work at Stitched Up. She points out that the “The history of patchwork is rooted in the re-use of fabric, and with the associated quilting it’s a skill that can help in the trend towards a more sustainable lifestyle.”
“It has been fascinating to see the way different students approach the course. Some are excited to concentrate on machine quilting and others prefer the slow stitch feel of hand quilting. Some are expert machinists but wary of free motion stitching. Some barely use a sewing machine. I thoroughly enjoy meeting so many people who love fabric as much as I do, and who are surprised at what can be achieved with simple shapes and stitches. My hope is that they leave inspired to go on practising their skills and making unique things they love.”
For each of these workshops and crafts, remember we have recycled materials for these and other crafts available in our Stretford Mall shop. If you need preloved knitting needles, wool, fabric, thread, and even quilting templates or embroidery hoops, come have a browse.