If you enjoy getting together with a group of women to make something with your hands, go away with new skills and just generally have a nice time, Carol’s workshops are a great place to spend a day, an evening or a half day learning some different stitching or felting techniques.
See Carol’s Website for full details of the workshops listed below, all taking place in Carol’s Studio in Streatham, south London:-
We were lucky enough before Christmas to win a competition on Facebook for a book published by Textile-link, a Dutch publisher that specialises in creating books about textiles from information and photos that people upload to their site.
The book we chose, Felt Passion, contains inspiring photos of felt created by 95 German artists living (a previous book, Felting for me is…, featured Dutch and Belgian felt artists). Other books focus on general textile arts.
Felt Passion contains fantastic examples of felt that really pushes the boundaries, from needle-felted figures to nuno, from sculptures to stitched felt. Kim has done workshops with three of the featured artists – Maria Friese, Ariane Mariane and Andrea Noeske-Porade – and can testify to their expertise and enthusiasm to share.
If you fancy being featured in the next book, called Worldwide Colours of Felt, due to be published in 2015, you need to register with the site and upload photos of your work. There is space for 200-300 artists in the book. Participation is free, and if your work is selected for the book you can order copies at a discount. More information on the Textile-link website.
Join us for our third annual Christmas show at Sprout, a lovely community arts space in Streatham, south London. Several guest artists will be joining us to create a wonderful display of colourful textile artworks, wearables and all manner of unique handmade gifts.
If you’d like to learn some new craft skills, enrol for one of our workshops in weaving, textile jewellery, feltmaking or embroidery – see the timetable below.
Women of the Cloth
Carol will be showing her latest work in nuno felt, including wearables such as tactile cosy scarves, snoods and arm wear, felt and stitch collages plus the ever popular winter warmers in handmade felt such as hottie covers and tea cosies . As a feltmaker, Carol continues to indulge her love of mixing colours and textures using fibre and cloth. Join her for a feltmaking or embroidery workshop.
Over the summer Joan has been developing a new line in wrapped and beaded textile jewellery. She has enjoyed both making and wearing some of the pieces and, having received some very positive feedback and healthy sales at our Lambeth Open event, she is continuing to expand the styles and colours. She will also be showing her latest woven vessels and wall hangings. Join Joan for a jewellery-making workshop on Sunday 7 December (see below).
Kim will be there with her latest batch of upcycled hand-dyed indigo shibori pieces, plus a few scarves dyed with rust and other natural dyes. She continues to develop her sculptural felting techniques, attending workshops with Andrea Graham and Maria Friese, and has a new line of cutwork felted scarves and felted ruffle collars for the festive season. You can keep up with her work on her Flextiles blog.
Sister-duo AfroRetro will be showing their funky handmade jewellery, accessories and clothing inspired by their Ugandan and British heritage. Gorgeous Ugandan fabrics, bark cloth and palm leaves are among the materials which give their work such unique texture and pattern.
Linda Firth is a fine art textile artist working in south London. The work she will be showing uses handmade felt embellished with collage and stitch.
Weaver Jackie Bennett’s work is driven by the urge to experiment and sample yarns. She favours plant fibres: cotton, hemp, linen, jute, bamboo, silk and wool. Another lover of colour and texture, Jackie responds to inspirations both rural and urban, ranging from trees to buildings. She is also concerned with vision and the loss of sight.
Loren Zeisler is also inspired by beautiful yarns and natural fibres, combining them in different ways so that each of her knitted items is a one-off. She loves making things that have a function as well as being decorative, and each project – textiles, jewellery, ornaments – starts with thoughts on colour and evolves from there.
Janet Thompson’s ever popular needlefelted dogs will be with us once more and Janet will run a weekday workshop for those who would like to learn to make their own woolly pooch. Janet’s dogs are full of character and fun, each with its own unique personality. Perfect gifts for animal lovers at Christmas.
Making handmade products has enabled Susan of Wolle + Hide to show her passion for wonderful materials using simple shapes that show off the beauty and texture of the cloth and leather with fresh colour combinations. Her fashion accessories mix rural and urban aesthetics for design conscious women and men.
Helena, Sue and Christabel are all stitchers also contributing smaller handmade Christmas decorations and gift items, including bags for children, pincushions and purses in colourful fabrics to add even more variety to our offerings at Sprout this year.
So come and visit us or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to book a workshop place from the list below.
Needlefelted dogs with Janet Tuesday 2 December, 11am-3pm, £35
Learn how to needlefelt a little dog using simply sheep fleece and a special needle. Once you have learnt the basic techniques, you’ll add characterful details to your new best friend!
Shisha mirrorwork embroidery with Carol Tuesday 2 December, 6.30-9pm, £20
Learn how to sew on these small round mirrors, Indian-style, and add them to your handmade Christmas decorations. Play with colourful threads.
Hanging decorative bird with Helena
Saturday 6 December, 10.30am-12.30pm,£22.50
This workshop will give you the chance to practise your sewing skills and learn new ones while you make an individually crafted textile decoration using sequins, ribbons, bright colours and decorative fabrics.
Felting with Carol
Saturday 6 December, 1.30-5.30pm, £20
Make your own felt teacosy or hot water bottle cover using colourful sheep fleece, soap and water. Fast results with lovely, tactile materials – great makes for Christmas gifts.
Textile jewellery with Joan
Sunday 7 December, 11am-4pm, £35
Learn contemporary textile jewellery making techniques using colourful fibres, yarns, threads and beads. Select colours and textures to match your wardrobe or experiment with something new.
Stitching and beading with Helena
Sunday 7 December, 2.30-6pm, £35
An extension of Helena’s Saturday class to develop stitch and bead work and explore your own ideas. The aim is to make one complete bird decoration to hang on your tree or give as a handmade gift.
Upcycling with Afroretro
Monday 8 December, 18.30-21.00, £15
In this workshop sisters Ann and Lilly will teach you handprinting techniques to upcycle an unloved tee into a statement piece ready for the festive season, embellished with colour, sequins, & lots of fun.
We’re delighted to announce that Women of the Cloth will be taking part in Lambeth Open again this year on 4 and 5 October. There are more artists and artisans taking part in Streatham this year, so why not make a day of it and take the opportunity to discover the creative talent on your doorstep?
As a member of Women of the Cloth, this will be Carol’s third Lambeth Open event. She will be showing her latest work in nuno felt, including wearables such as tactile cosy scarves and items of textile jewellery, plus a small flock of her needlefelted birds. As a feltmaker Carol continues to develop her range of skills and methods through experimentation, and to indulge her love of mixing colours and textures using fibre and cloth. Once a year new inspiration and learning comes from attending workshops with world-renowned tutors, most recently Inge Bauer.
Carol will be running a needlefelted birds workshop on the Sunday, 5th October, from 2-5 pm at a cost of £25 including materials and a cuppa. Needlefelting is relaxing, absorbing, anyone can do it and it’s a bit addictive!
Email us at email@example.com to book a place.
This summer Joan has been lucky enough to spend two months in France. Taking a rest from weaving and sitting on the terrace with a cold glass of wine in her hand, looking at the riot of colour in the garden, she was inspired to have a go at making textile jewellery. She has enjoyed both making and wearing some of the pieces and, having received some very positive feedback, she is continuing to expand the styles and colours into an autumn range.
Kim has spent the summer experimenting with rust and natural dyes, which has been fascinating and occasionally frustrating! (You can read more about this on her Flextiles blog.) She has also continued to develop her sculptural felting techniques, attending workshops with Andrea Graham and Maria Friese, and has a new line of cutwork felted scarves for the autumn/winter season, alongside her best-selling upcycled hand-dyed indigo shibori pieces.
Guest artist duo AfroRetro will also be showing their funky handmade jewellery, accessories and clothing inspired by their Ugandan and British heritage. They will be running a series of mini-make workshops on Saturday 4th October during which you can try your hand at making a lavender bag, a bookmark, an oyster card holder, a card or various other small items using colourful african fabrics, palm leaves and bark cloth and simple stitching techniques. These mini workshops are £5 each including materials. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambeth Open takes place on 4 and 5 October, 10am-6pm. Women of the Cloth will be at 27 Mount Ephraim Lane, Streatham, SW16 1JE. We hope to see you there!
We will be joining members of the South London Photography group in the home of one of our guest artists Dianne Brown, whose colourful upcycled rag-rugs were such a hit at our recent residency at the Avent Gallery. There will be plenty of other open houses in the surrounding streets, so come and browse for unique handmade arts & crafts, then stop for coffee or lunch in a local cafe or pub!