Event Information

This one-day course connects the natural world to textiles through hand-stitching. You will create an embroidered garden from sight and imagination by using old and new embroidery techniques to build a stitched garden.

We will discover ways of working with threads to create representations and imaginative responses to real life garden scenery, and photographic references. Held in the new MAC Garden Studio, we will make the most of accessing real-life plants, and hopefully sit out in the sunshine to stitch. 

What you will learn on this course 

The tutor will demonstrate stitches that are appropriate to the subject material; everything from two-dimensional stitches such as lazy daisy and picot stitch, through to more complex three-dimensional stitches involving needle weaving and padding. You can engage at the level you feel comfortable. We will look at the possibilities for layering, directional change and scale of simple stitches such as running stitches for visual effect.

The tutor will use a mix of group demonstrations, individual support and the examples from her own practise to guide you through the process explaining the materials and teaching the techniques. You will receive individual support on your design and how to realise your idea as required.

On completion of this course, you can expect to leave with knowledge of a range of stitches and the beginnings of your stitched garden which you may want to further embellish at home.

Who is this course for? 

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years and is open to all levels.  

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities and a support worker, or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own equipment and materials where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

You may wish to bring your specialist threads you have for your own use and photographs or artwork of your favourite gardens to use as reference should the  weather be inclement.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs

Who teaches this course?    

Claire Leggett

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