Creative Textiles class at Knit Wise

Well I see the NHS claiming that the Flu jab program for this year is a success and having had the combined flu and pneumonia jab this week I can only think this is because it’s killing people before they can get the flu!

Anyway, a few days off wasn’t so bad, it certainly got the creative ideas flowing.

As spinners, we end up with lots of fibres knocking about, some we know what they are, some are all mixed together so there is no chance of working it out. As dyers, some of those may have been mistakes, strange shades or partly felted mishaps.

Some of those can be recycled. Monday morning was spent with Jess and Erin, two lovely girls who are taught by their mum. They came along to make felt and dye fibre and before we knew it, three hours had gone by. They worked so hard and their felt balsa, pictures and hand dyed fibre was gorgeous. Now it’s dried, I will pass it on, but I’m very tempted to keep it.

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So with some of the other bits and pieces, fibres, threads and handspun experiments I wanted to be able to use those little bits and pieces to create something new. Add in some handspun yarn, bondaweb, sewing machine threads and you end up with an abstract piece

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But what do we do with all these experiments? We might love the things we create but how to use them? Well, on the Creative Textiles morning at Knit Wise, we can look at how to use our work. The first item we’ll attempt is abound book cover with our piece on the front.

The beauty of this class is that it’s an ongoing process, we come each week and just add a little bit more to our worK. We can keep sketching for ideas, then put those ideas into work and end up with something we’ve made. Whether it be a book cover, pin cushion, needle case, whatever takes our fancy.

We can mix ‘new’ experimental ways of creating our work, using tyvek, bondaweb and heat tools and mix them with traditional embroidery methods.

The class is £4 and is on every week from 10-4, newbies and experienced members most welcome. Why not come along and join me? Otherwise I’ll be sitting on my own (but at least I won’t be at home doing the ironing)

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