In a attempt to get the interest in sewing revived I am co-ordinating a year long community participation project affectionately called 'NI Big Sock'. The purpose is to get as many people in Northern Ireland as possible involved in creating the world's largest handsewn patchwork stocking.
You can participate in various ways and you do not have to sew (although if you decided to learn this valuable skill this would be wonderful!)
Need donations of non-stretch fabric - duvet covers, sheets, shirts, light weight curtains or scraps of fabric from sewing projects. Also need thick paper such as calendars (for templates) and sewing items such as spools of thread, scissors etc so as public sewing sessions can be undertaken.
Need people to draw around templates, cut ot paper and fabric hexagons as well as people to sew the fabric on to the papers (tacking is only sewing skill required here!) and to sew hexagons together (overstitching or whip stitch)
If you want to find out more or follow the progress of the NI Big Sock please check out the facebook page NI Big Sock. Please like, share, comment and help realize this challenge and get a creative world record for Northern Ireland.
Thank you and fingers crossed for a successful project
Ever been to an art gallery and wondered what the artist was trying to achieve? This talk will introduce you to skills that will help you 'read' a painting. The talk will be illustrated by examples of paintings and the techniques used.
Duration: 1½ hours
Cost: £5 per person
Learn the technique of English paper piecing and make a reversible mug mat to take home during this 2 hour course.
All equipment and materials supplied.
Cost: £10 per person.
Punch out lots of little shapes from paper and stick these and adhesive jewels on a background sheet to create a personalized picture.
Workshop lasts 2 hours.
All equipment and materials (including a picture frame) will be provided.
Cost: £15 per person.
Learn about 'fussy cutting' and the various designs that can be created using hexagons. Get creative, cut, tack and hand sew your own cushion cover front, add a two piece back and admire your unique creation.
Workshop lasts for 2 hours x 4 weeks, or as a full day course when participants will be able to complete a smaller cushion cover.
All equipment and materials (including cushion inner) will be provided.
Cost: £35 per person (Max. 8 per workshop)
Keep your yoga mat clean by making a carrier bag from a pair of denims, combats or jogging bottoms. Measure, cut, tack and sew your own unique bag that you will be proud to carry to the gym. No previous sewing skills required.
Workshop lasts 2½ hours.
All equipment and materials provided.
Cost £20 per person (Max 6 per workshop)
Adding ivy leaves to a bodice for Poison Ivy costume.
Have you a fancy dress costume that needs some alterations or additions?
Perhaps that favourite dressing up costume is a little small for that all important event...
By adding elastic or additional panels I might be able to solve these problems for you. Or the costume may need a feature added to make it look more realistic.
Contact me for more details.
Prices will depend on the amount of work required and will be discussed at initial consultation.
Sit back and enjoy a cup of tea while you listen to a talk on the history of tea and tea drinking in nineteenth-century Ulster. Be transported back in time as you discover how much tea was imported into Belfast, what types of tea were purchased, how much tea cost to buy and be surprised at who was fond of a cup of tea. Sampling of a variety of black and green teas will form part of the proceedings.
Option 1 (Talk and sampling)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: £6 per person
Option 2 (Talk, sampling and an afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes)
Duration: 1¾ hours
Cost: £15 per person