English Paper Piecing and Embroidery

There are times when it’s good to take a slower pace and these two handicraft disciplines provide the perfect opportunity to do so.  Ideal for taking on holidays and especially nice to do in the colder months when you can curl up in front of the TV with a nice hot drink and stitch contentedly away.

All levels of experience are welcome as you can learn the basics as a beginner or improve your existing skills as you work on your own project in pleasant company.  

Hand Embroidery

Embroidery in various forms has existed as long as man has been able to produce fabric. Today embroidery is practised all over the world, but it is believed that it has its origin in China and the Near East. The word embroidery comes from the French word broderie meaning embellishment.

Whether you choose to make a simple embroidery sampler, a cross stitch picture or a more intricate project you will find help and inspiration in this group. Beginners will start with a simple running stitch and then embark on a journey through chain, Herringbone and Tete de Beouf stitches, as well as the ever popular, Cross Stitch and Blackwork. 
 
More experienced embroiderers will find plenty of projects to inspire them from Rosalie Dekker, Lynette Anderson, Hares Nest, Gail Pan, Annie Morris, Un Chat Dans L’aiguille and many more at Poppy Patch

Each month I will be on hand to give advice on thread choices, new stitches and of course to share some handy tips.
 

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English Paper Piecing .. no current dates

English Paper Piecing – often now referred to as slow stitching - is undergoing a huge revival as people embrace the ideas of Community spirit, Personal mindfulness, and the desire to use up that fabric stash!  This craft gives you a perfect opportunity to make a little bit of time, just for yourself, to relax and reflect in the midst of your busy lives.

So, what is Slow Stitching? It's about stitching a slow sewing project by hand. It's about taking the time to pause and reflect on what you're sewing and enjoy the moment.

There are many EPP projects available such as these from the Cotton Patch - Celestial Star, HexPlosion, Ripple Effect medallion and Tula’s Bloomers.

By choosing a project that has a paper pieces pack to accompany the book or pattern you will be able to simply relax and enjoy the stitching.  However, if you wish to make your own paper pieces from the pattern or book then that is your choice.
 
Each month I will be on hand to give advice on fabric choices, stitching order and of course to share some handy tips.

 

Please see FAQ for commonly asked questions such as “what do I need to bring to class?”