Wednesday 6th September
Late summer/early autumn we start to see the wonderful wild fuchsias proliferate in Cornwall’s gardens and hedges. Though delicate in form, the magenta and purple version is very hardy and seems to shoulder much of our inclement weather; so, too, does the very pale pink variety which tends to be smaller and more fragile. But when looking at fuchsias, you realy cannot ignore the blousy hybrids either – which are bigger, almost waxy in texture, in a myriad of colour combinations. These plants are ideally suited to classic ribbon embroidery and fabric leaves stitched on an open-weave fabric.
Fully booked. Contact Jane if you would like to be included on the waiting list for the next session. email to book
Utterly Gorgeous Umbellifers
Friday 8th September
This workshop focuses on capturing the essence of a ‘globular’ angelica, a flat-topped cow parsley or an acid-yellow alexander in yarn and threat. We will explore the form, structure and texture of the plants and, working with wire, thread and yarn, you will create a life-size, 3D plant that can, for example, be fixed to a painted canvas, a fabric background, or anything else that you choose.
Fully booked. Contact Jane if you would like to be included on the waiting list for a 2nd session.
Monday 11th September
In this workshop we will focus on the fantastic structure and form of ferns – from the unfurling bud stage through to the magnificent mature plants with their arching branches. The sinewy curls of the bud stage lend themselves to bold use of materials to create a three-dimensional form that is made from wire, fabric and decorative stitching. The elegance of the mature branches can be readily captured in flat stitch – but you will be encouraged to really experiment with different threads and yarns to capture different textures.
Fully booked. Contact Jane if you would like to be included on the waiting list for a 2nd session. email to book
Poppy Pods and Petals
Wednesday 20th September
In this one-day workshop, we will look at the beautifully ethereal poppy in its seed pod form and in flower. Our objective will be to create a free-standing, three-dimensional pod. This will involve making a former, wrapping the stem in thread, and then weaving the body of the pod in thread or yarn. We will also form the ‘crown’ based on a Dorset button. For the flower, again, a free-standing version, we will stitch the tufted capitulum at the top of a thread wrapped stem and then attach fabric petals.