On the events weekend of the 18th and 19th our very successful Shop of Skills (in Princess Way, near to the old gardens/old David Evans/Macdonald's) will be extending into giving classes for children. We will be welcoming children over the age of 7 to participate, parents please note the children cannot be left with us, we will need you to stay.
There are two sessions each day from 10 - 12 and 2 - 4, these will be bookable from the opening of the marquee from approximately 8 o'clock on Saturday morning. Each tutor has experience of teaching children and there are some great stitch skills on offer.
On Saturday we have
All Sewn Up is a very successful business from Helen Rhiannon Gill. The session is called "Sew Woodland Felt Friends". These fabulous Woodland Felt Friends, by Clara Create, are the perfect sewing project for younger sewing enthusisasts! There are three different animal friends to choose from, including Harry the Hedgehog, Rosie the rabbit and Felix the Fox. The felt friends are pre-cut and therefore ready to sew using simple hand sewing skills. The kits include needles, thread, components, stuffing and instructions for each person. With a little supervision, any child as young as 6 can have a go! All equipment is provided.Helen lives in Swansea having returned in 2003 after completing a Fashion Design degree in London and not long after, set up the Helen Rhiannon label. She now specialises in designing and making unique handmade wedding dresses. Her love of sewing then led her to set up the All Sewn Up Workshops in 2010. She teaches sewing machine skills from making a cushion, through to making clothes. Helen enjoys being able to share her love of sewing with people through workshops, online tutorials. Helen has been running workshops for over 6 years covering everything from Basic Sewing Skills to soft toys, home furnishings and clothing. Workshops are for all ages from 6 up to 90, catering for any skill level. www.allsewnupwales.co.uk. Helen is currently working on her book which is due to be published in October 2018 with Search Press Publications.She is a fully qualified teacher and also a bridalwear designer who designs and makes dresses from scratch. Her website is www.helenrhiannon.com.
Nicola Ridd-Davies will be running a simple gender neutral garment-making exercise. We'll be making PJ shorts and she will supply everything. Patterns will be available in sizes birth to XXL so participants can make Pjs for themselves or as a gift. They can have a copy of the pattern and extra sizes will be available to buy. Nicola wanted to offer something that was inclusive as she is keen to encourage boys to sew. Established by Nicola Ridd-Davies and based in Ystradgynlais, The Little Stitchery Sewing Rooms offer structured, made-to-measure dressmaking courses for children and adults. The courses are unique as Nicola does not use commercial patterns, instead the customer’s own body measurements are used as a starting point in each garment. The learning experience is accessible to everyone as Nicola provides all the necessary consumables, including sewing machines, overlockers, pattern cutters, thread, fusing, tools, etc. Nicola places emphasis on sustainability and strongly encourages students to re-use or re-purpose fabrics already available to them. Alongside this, Nicola runs informal studio sessions which allow clients to bring in their own projects and to work at their own pace, with or without her guidance. For those who prefer bespoke clothes made for them, she also offers Couture. DETAILS can be obtained - firstname.lastname@example.org Private parties & 1to1 tuition also available. Nicola is a fully qualified Pattern cutter with 1st class hons degree in Fashion, 15 years experience as Pattern Cutter and Garment Technologist in the Fashion Industry and current Enhanced DBS certificate for working with children.
On Saturday only in Alison Moger's workshop with children will have the opportunity to make their own luggage label that they will be able to desgn themselves. Alison will guide them by showing them how decorate with mixed media and free stitching embroidery. The session will be suitable for ages and abilities. Her website: www.mogerdesigns.com highlights her work as a professional visual and applied artist working with mixed media screen- print and stitch. She is also Involved in setting up exhibitions and research related to textile projects and regularly exhibits and sells her own work and promotes the work of others within the art and craft environment.
Vivian Rhule is a freelance Visual and Community Artist. Her work ranges from Printmaking, Textiles and some environmental art with community groups and schools. In her own art work, she use themes such as Origins, Transformation, Fauna and Flora, and links to explore the past and creating links to her local environment. Printmaking and feltmaking are key to her work and so she is offering the participants the chance to make a felted string fish and /or a recycled plastic flower and / or relief print to decorate a calico bag and make personal to themselves.
On Sunday Natasha Morgan will guide her students to make a door hanger/plaque. Natasha will be showing children how to make and decorate a hanging decoration which will include their name. She will be using aida to draw the childrens names on for them and they can follow the lines and stitch them on. They will then be shown how to attach felt flowers and buttons in the middle. The project will involve showing them the basics of sewing, how to attach buttons and flowers. They can be used as decorations to hang somewhere in the home or even sew them onto a bag.
Please note, Natasha is exhibiting her wonderful artwork in the foyer of the Dragon Hotel - an absolutely amazing 'Mor Tywyll' a totally unique doll that she has made from scratch and all of her is hand sewn!
Are you excited yet?
May 2, 2018
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A timetable of exhibitions, venues postcodes and dates.
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