At Material Obsession we are surrounded by creative people with a plethora of ideas about what and how to do things we really want to do. We have a great range of regular instructors that bring us the best of itchy finger activities as well as machine skills. Over the next few months we have some great one day workshops planned and you might like to have a look and see if there is something you would like to learn, see or do! All the info you need is on our website
For example, NEW NEW NEW is:
A day with Cath of PRINTS CHARMING
You may be familiar with the groovy decorative designs by Prints Charming.
When: Saturday 13th September, 2pm-5pm
If we are clever and think ahead, a treasure like this would go down nicely as a handmade Christmas gift or a nice way to idle away a few springtime hours when the weather finally turns. Prints Charming has been evolving over the years and now Cath is taking it forward with her stunning colour combinations and imaginative screen printing – combined with colourful and detailed hand embroidery. This is an opportunity to sit, chat and relax while enjoying a trip down embroidery lane. Traditional stitches are taught and then interpreted in a modern sense. From the linen sampler that you create you can transfer your knowledge to a handprinted panel. A choice of two panels (50cm on linen), the bird and the kaleidoscope are available.
Of course, a workshop at Material Obsession always includes a hand made lunch, coffee or tea and lots of encouragement, laughs and color!!!!
Still on the sit and sew stage, many of you have fallen in love with the heart felt designs created in class with Marg George. Perhaps you haven't had a chance to engage in terms of classes so we are now offering a one day workshop full of tips to take home to your own sewing space. Marg is a fountain of information on how to work with hexagons so how about....
MARG GEORGE- WORKING WITH HEXAGONS
When: Friday 12th September
Join us as Marg takes us through drafting a hexagon and its counterparts of baby’s blocks and 6-pointed stars and then look at ways to alter or add to those shapes and how to fussy-cut to get the maximum impact from your fabric.
You will also look at designs for borders and solutions for corners…always a challenge with a 6-sided shape. When we do finally get a chance to sit and sew it is great to have a few ideas stored up and ready to go and this workshop is great for projects big and small.
We always have a full house when Wendy teaches at the shop so if you have been wanting to book into one of her workshops how about this one?
WENDY WILLIAMS- WOOL APPLIQUE
When: Saturday 8th November
Join Wendy for a day exploring the possibilities of wool applique.
Use one of Wendy's many patterns as a springboard to learning the secrets of wool applique. Wendy will share her design secrets and guide you on the way to making your own creation.
We like to cover all the bases from glorious color to tiny stitches. Every beautifully composed quilt made with the right technique is an engaging view. If you are a beginner or even advanced but need to refresh your techniques we have a great day for that too...
MEGAN MANWARING- Introduction to Patchwork
Working from her increasingly popular block of the month design, Megan works through the basics in an exciting and helpful manner.
When: Saturday 11th October
Start the right way with an introduction to how to make a quilt, how to work colour and the clever tools to use to make easy work of a quilt.
Megan will take you through the essentials of colour selection, rotary cutting, machine piecing and using the clever tools available to make simple but effective patchwork quilts.
Come with your own idea of what you want to start on or work on the possibilities created by simple squares, triangles or rectangles.
Fine tuning your skills under the carefull guidance of Catherine Butterworth is also a promise of joy. Catherine has a well established skill with color and design. She has lots of tips up her sleeve and is happy to share them. I mean really, who among us wouldn't want this quilt in our repetoire?
CATHERINE BUTTERWORTH- GET THE POINT
When: Friday 14th November
In this one day workshop, Catherine will take you through the basics of cutting, pinning and sewing to ensure the perfect results for which Catherine is renowned.
Focus will also be given to understanding how fabric works- ever wanted to understand the warp and weft and how to get the benefit of it- well this is the workshop.
And last but not least I hope, I have one of my favourite classes on the calendar for a one day workshop on working from an image.
KATHY DOUGHTY - OUT OF LINE
When: Friday 10th October 2014
Experiment with free cut techniques (no rulers-no rules!) and interpretive skills to themed topics including: Face It – make a representational face, City Scape – Make a town village or landscape of your choice, or make a still life.
So, in case you missed it, visit our website to get all the details you need to get started with one of these great projects. Looking forward to seeing you!!!! k