Woodland Slow stitching with Forage by Lisa Mattock
Lisa is one of our favourite guest tutors and she is returning in March for a special Woodland themed Slow Stitching Workshop!
There is such joy to be found when you stumble upon the first snowdrops and bluebells of the season. The squelching of your gum boots in mud as you forage for wild berries, plump and bursting with colour. Come, notice the details such as acorns on oak trees in the early morning mist. Then stay quiet, and still, for there are glimpses of shy hedgehogs or deer to be found.
There are nine panels in the Woodland quilt, each themed with a different woodland motif. In the Woodland Workshop we will work on the Mushroom Panel, but I will also share with you the rest of the story so you can see how it will all come together if you choose to make the full quilt.
No previous stitching experience is necessary, but is of course welcome
Where and when
Date: Sunday 14 March
Time: 10am until 3pm (with a 20min morning tea break and 40min lunch break)
Where: 21 Shepherd Street, Marrickville (This is an office, not the church hall)
There is plenty of parking in nearby streets. Also close to many bus routes (M30, 423, 426, 428, 355) or a 20min walk from Stanmore, Sydnenham or Newtown Stations.
We like to keep classes small and intimate so Lisa has a chance to give time and attention to each student. They are mostly held as a full day session, with refreshment and lunch break included.
What will be provided:
- A nurturing and relaxed space with only up to 12 students.
- Lisa will supply the necessary materials for you to get started, including relevant class notes, templates and patterns, plus a ‘goodie’ bag which includes a selection of reclaimed textiles, threads and embellishments.
What you will need to bring:
All you need to bring along is a willingness to learn and explore, plus some basics such as scissors and some pins. You may also wish to bring any
threads, vintage textiles and/or embellishments you have in your stash that you think might be useful.
- Your lunch - microwave and fridge available
We will be learning in a large space with enough room for physical distancing. We ask that if you have any cold and flu like symptoms in the 14days leading up to the workshop, that you let us know and we will work out a plan. Likewise, if Lisa or other members of the team have any cold or flu like symptoms, you will be notified.
The notion of “slow stitching”
Slow stitching centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear.
It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable. This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness. Rather, we embrace the timeworn nature of our materials, and the individuality of our stitching methods. Simplicity is key.
Lisa is a passionate fabric lover, and has a stash of “just because” pieces she's found along the way to prove it. Lisa loves to hunt at flea markets, charity stores and church fetes for the cloth treasures and embellishments we will repurpose in this workshop.
Stitching methods…simple and repetitive
We will draw inspiration from the Japanese stitching methods of boro and sashiko as we take a mixture of repurposed, recycled, inherited, and vintage textiles to create the background for our artworks.
Students will stitch their background using simple stab stitch to connect their pieces of upcycled cloth.
A stitched silhouette can then be added as a finishing embellishment to the stitched cloth background.
Sashiko (刺し子, literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative of reinforcement stitching.
Traditionally this running stitch is used to reinforce points of wear or to repair tears with patches.
Boro is the art of mending rags or scraps of cloth. The term boro is also used to describe clothes and household items which have been patched-up and repaired many times.
Lisa's business name is “forage”. It describes her process of seeking out textiles which are reclaimed, recycled and vintage.
Using textiles to create artworks was a concept that she first explored during my senior high school years where she created a flowing, floor length coat made from strips of fabric knitted and woven together. It was brilliantly colourful and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins. I was marked to be in the top 2% of the state for this fantastical creation, and invited to exhibit in “ArtExpress”. After school she spent many years living and working in Europe as a nanny. She relished these experiences which were so vastly different from her upbringing in the central west NSW town of Orange.
Upon her return home to Australia, she established a boutique florist and homewares store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, an ideal backdrop for her to indulge my passion for colour and design, as well as buying and merchandising. She worked with private, corporate and media clients creating concepts for print media and television. Over the years there were many local and international weddings and collaborations on product launches.
Since the sale of her business in 2013, she has once again turned her creative attention to her love of textiles and is now teaching workshops to pass on her love and knowledge of reclaimed textiles! We are so lucky to have Lisa with us