Paper Fabric – Creative Textiles workshop

Paper Fabric - Creative Textiles workshop

Friday 30 August, 2019 - Friday 30 August, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: All levels. No experience required.

Price: £60

Paper Fabric.  Is it paper? or is it fabric? How to use non-conventional materials in creative embroidery.

A fun mixed-media workshop to show you how to create embroidered textiles from paper and other non-conventional materials. A fabulous foundation textile art and craft skill.

Level: Improvers onwards (Basic Sewing Machine skills required but you will get the most enjoyment from this workshop if you can already do free-motion machine embroidery)

Paper Fabric is a fun textile workshop to show you how to create stunning stitched surfaces using paper and other non-conventional materials. Not everything you stitch on needs to be fabric. Contemporary embroidery has banished all the traditional methods and constrictions about what you can and can’t do.  I often include substances such as paper, plastic and metal in my mixed-media textile art. The aim of this creative embroidery class is to show you how to create unique embroidered textiles from ordinary printer paper, newspapers and magazines.

Who is this aimed at?

Embroiderers, budding textile artists, crafters, card-makers and quilters who are looking for something a bit different.

What will I learn?

We will:

  • create two or three designs by colouring plain white paper
  • use magazines and newspapers for further designs
  • learn bonding and laminating techniques to strengthen them for stitching
  • embroider our paper fabric using ordinary utility stitches on a sewing machine, or free motion embroidery
  • make a cover for a hard-backed notebook and discuss other ways to use our new ‘fabrics’ in textile art.

Course arrangements

No drawing skills are required, but we will be using pastels and paint to colour the paper so you may want to bring an apron to protect your clothes. I’ll let you know what to bring once you’ve booked. Sewing machines are provided.

If you prefer to bring your own machine, you will need a darning foot suitable for the make and model of your machine.  Please also remember to bring bobbins and the power cable/foot control.

You could also use hand embroidery to embellish your creative textiles so you’ll need a basic embroidery kit of needles, hand embroidery cottons or other threads and yarns, and a pair of small embroidery scissors.

You can also bring a hardbacked diary or notebook if you want to make a cover for it.

Enquiries to: 0773 939 7369 or e-mail

Must be pre-booked:


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