Janet’s work in centred round her observations made on her travels. Janet recreates her vision whether its an allotment, map of her journey or wildlife she sees on her travels. Working from sketch to stitch with hand dyed fabrics and calico her drawing tool is her machine on reverse applique techniques.
On this one day workshop Janet will explain how she translates her inspiration from paper to stitch and teach you her reverse applique technique so you can create your own piece.
Tutor: Janet Browne
This is a new workshop technique with Anne.
Two magazines and a sewing machine, this is a minimal challenge, create a garden bird canvas using one of Anne’s templates or make your own template with the guidance from Anne. Looking at colour, textures, shade and form, Anne will demonstrate how to layer papers to create your bird then show you how to machine stitch the details add hand embroidery ready to finish and mount on a box canvas.
Tutor: Anne Brooke
Workbooks/ sketchbooks are the very heart of artists; they are visual diaries of their thoughts, findings and inspirations, a place to keep ideas, and a place where ideas grow.
Do you have a sketch book with blank pages? Don’t know where to start, have a fear of blank pages? This is the workshop for you. Aimed at how to get started on your sketchbook / workbook, preparing those blank pages ready to present your ideas, store your photographs and all the things you have collected.
Tutor: Anne Brooke
A two day workshop of relaxing hand sewing. Embroidering your favourite bird in long and short stitch and colour shading as well as feather detail with the expert guidance of Sarah. Working in layers of stitch you will produce a raised bird to apply to a background fabric.
A wonderful way of producing a sculptured, lifelike work of art.
Tutor: Sarah J Perry
Mono-printing is the production of a single print, a one off which is unique and cannot be repeated identically. On this workshop you will be guided by textile artist Diane to learn about printing using various methods including the technique of mono-printing; using a silk screen onto fabric.
Tutor: Diane Jones
Let time tick by whilst you make your own personalised clock, to feature in your home.
Be inspired by nursery rhymes, seascapes, gardens or vegetables! and create a clock face with a difference.
You can choose whether you hand or machine sew your details or just have fun with bondaweb (fabric glue which is heat reactive)
Then using a fabulous clock kit Linda will show you how to turn your art work into a fully functioning wall clock.
Fee: £45 plus clock kit
Mandy uses iconic British wild animals such as deer, hares, foxes, owls and wolves as an inspirational starting point to teach you to make a textile collage which will be built up on to a base of a vintage quilt fragment.
You will learn to use slow and traditional hand sewing techniques in a new way to make a unique textile narrative. Mandy is a Textile Artist from Northumberland and has recently published a book called “Textile Collage” and will be sharing some of those techniques in this workshop which will encourage you to take a freer approach to applique.
Tutor: Mandy Pattullo
Use your machine needle as a drawing tool, and create a selection of samples suitable for decorating bags books or cards. Learn how to set up your machine for free machine embroidery, have fun making samples; practice the technique with & without a hoop.
You will be guided through drawing, writing and appliquéing fabric. Perfect first steps to free machine embroidery.
You need to be familiar with your sewing machine with some confidence in machine sewing or have attended Machine sewing for the Terrified, prior to this workshop
Tutor: Linda Robinson
A weekend of creativity with Sian Hughes textile artist who specialises in the technique of sun prints on a variety of fabrics and papers
Sun prints or Cyanotype is an early form of photography, placing objects on this specially treated fabric and papers then exposing these to sunlight. The results are beautiful blue and white prints which you will use to stitch into on Sunday.
Tutor: Sian Hughes & Linda Robinson
Your tutor is Kathleen Murphy Murgatroyd & Bean. Kathleen will be teaching both Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July, book both workshops and save £10.
Known for her use of bold, colourful embroidery with a tale to tell, Kathleen Murphy will introduce you to the joy of doodling in stitch.
Using a free-form approach which aims to dispel some of the fears and rules often associated with traditional hand embroidery, you will work towards a contemporary stitched sampler. Along the way you will explore the idea of stitch families and thread variation as a means to creating your own stories in thread, pattern and colour.
Suitable for all levels
Fee: £75 per day or £140 if you book the weekend
Tutor: Kathleen Murphy
Your tutor is Kathleen Murphy of Murgatroyd & Bean. Kathleen will be teaching both Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July, book both workshops and save £10.
Over the course of the day you will be guided through a combination of stumpwork, applique and hand embroidery techniques to make your bug brooch come to life.
Bostin Bugs can be found flitting in and out of the shafts of sunshine which pierce the trees in the forest near the workshop of Murgatroyd & Bean. They are highly decorative, 3-dimensional bugs who would like nothing more than to sit on your lapel and bask in the admiration of all who see them
Kathleen Murphy, also known as Murgatroyd & Bean, uses her needle and thread to create mythologies drawn from an imagined forest populated by wide-eyed creatures and over sized leaves. Using found materials, her work is identified by a strong sense of narrative and through its application of colour, texture and bold embroidery.
A little previous hand sewing experience would be helpful.
You will need to bring your needle case, embroidery scissors, notebook and pen. All materials will be provided but you’d be very welcome to bring along any shiny sweet wrappers, scraps of fabric or favorite embroidery flosses to further personalise your brooch.
Tutor: Kathleen Murphy
Needle weave an textured picture – create a woven picture using textured yarns in a creative way, woven filling stitch, allows you to create all kinds of blocked shapes which can be used to make your picture.
Linda will show you how to lay your vertical “bars” (these would be like the warp threads in weaving), which are the foundations for the woven filling. Then choose your textured yarns to weave through the vertical bars to make your patchwork picture of shape and colour.
Tutor: Linda Robinson
Discover dissolvable fabric with Free machine embroidery and embroider a delicate lacy bowl.
On this day workshop, we will demystify a few of the many brands of dissolvable fabrics and talk about my preferred uses for them, then we will spend the day, exploring different techniques to make a beautiful delicate 3d fabric bowl.
Tutor: Linda Robinson
A beginners introduction to Machine Sewing; master the basic functions on your sewing machine, or hire one of ours.
Build your confidence and skills in the morning with a step by step guide. In the afternoon try out your new found skills on a lovely sewing project.
Fee: £40 Includes fabrics and a note book, tea and cakes.
Tutor: Linda Robinson
Totes Amazing – Super Stylish Tote Bag with Emma
This is a limited place workshop to ensure you get lots of attention on the day to learn specific skills.
With expert guidance from Emma you will be making a stylish tote bag, finished with beautiful leather handles and a delicious fabric lined zipped inner pocket. On the day we will be covering basic bag making techniques, including the construction of a gusseted bag and lining which will conceal all raw edges. Learn how to fussy cut your fabric for perfect pattern placement and a professional finish.
“Emma designs and sews a range of bags and purses in an array of beautiful fabrics, the best she can find. She specialises in one off pieces and wouldn’t dream of cutting corners or scrimping on the details … so she doesn’t … “
If you want to learn how to get that professional finish this is the workshop for you.
Good machine sewing experience advised.
Tutor: Emma Redfern
Create your own Mixed Media Flower Canvas. Emma will guide you through the stages from start to finish, with lots of examples to help and inspire. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of colour palettes, pattern and collage, while working in a semi abstract style.
This is a fun workshop where you can let your imagination run free. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of painting and mixed media.
Tutor: Emma Louise Wilson
Following Lizzie’s design, use a variety of patterned fabrics to make a landscape with hare. The technique is applique, using heat reactive fabric glue sheets (bondaweb) to make to process really simple to achieve. You will be able to transfer these skills to lots of future projects.
Tutor: Lizzie Wall
Over the four weeks you will learn all the techniques needed and go away with a beautiful calico garden sampler which can be framed.
This course is suitable for any level of experience from total novice to those with some experience of Calico Garden techniques.
Calico Garden Embroideries are worked in tones and shades of one colour, so the finished effect relies very much on texture and 3D effects which is one of the most endearing qualities about this craft. Enjoy combining a variety of hand embroidered stitches with a selection of mixed media techniques to create a delightful 3d embroidery.
Tutor: Angie Burt
One day workshop to introduce you to Calico Garden Embroidery. Worked in tones and shades of one colour, so the finished effect relies very much on texture and 3D effects which is one of the most endearing qualities about this craft.
Enjoy combining a variety of hand embroidered stitches with a selection of mixed media techniques to create a delightful 3d wheelbarrow with flowers.
Suitable for complete beginners and those with a love of Calico Garden Embroideries.
Tutor: Angie Burt
Join us for a creative up cycling, rugalicous day, make either a cushion seat pad or a festive wreath to get you into an early festive mood. Learn three techniques, proddy hooky and standing wool from our expert Gill. Suitable for everyone, your project will need finishing at home.
Fee: £45 includes some materials and equipment, lovely tea & cake
Tutor: Gill Curwen, textile artist.
Flossy will be back with a new workshop in 2017
Join Flossy on a journey of creative fabric loveliness – be inspired by Flossy’s original quirky ceramics and create your own 3D fabric caravan, choose from a rounded or a square shape caravan and delve into the fabrics, ribbons and lace to individualise your own caravan, which you might even want to name.
Tutor: Flossy Teacake
This is a repeat of Saturdays workshop due to demand..
Learn how to layer and design your own stitched collage picture, then either hand or machine stitch to finish. There will be lots of demo’s by Anne to help you assemble your collage followed by lots of advice on free machine embroidery and hand sewing techniques.
Fee: £45, include some materials. Tea and lovely cake.
Tutor: Anne Brooke textile artist.
Make a decorative porcelain t- light and mini tags, using Emma Louise’s work examples to inspire you.
You will learn about working with porcelain, how to add texture and how to apply oxides and glazes, to create beautiful unique pieces.
Suitable for all.
Tutor: Emma Louise Wilson, Ceramic artist
A weekend workshop full of colour, fibre, stitch and fun; make a beautiful panel of felt, to embellish with stitch.
Jackie will guide you throughout the 2 days, felt making and pre-felt making techniques will be covered to produce a piece of felt specifically to develop with machine and hand stitch.
Tutor: Jackie Cardy
All felt making equipment is available at our High Street shop in Garstang and a wide selection of fibres. If you require a kit making up please let Linda know or call in the shop to see what you will need.
A beginners introduction to Machine Sewing; master the basic functions on your sewing machine, or hire one of ours. Build your confidence and skills in the morning with a step by step guide and lots of sewing practice. In the afternoon try out your new found skills on a lovely sewing project.
Lovely comments from Susan Margetts
I just wanted to say a big thank you for a great course on Saturday! I would definitely recommend MSFTT to anyone who wants to learn how to use their machine. I had become very disillusioned with mine and it had sat in the loft for around 25 years but after your course I am feeling very inspired and have definitely bonded with my machine. After the morning session I felt a lot more confident using my machine and then in the afternoon I even surprised myself by making a beautiful book cover.
My machine will no longer be kept in the loft and I intend to use it regularly.
Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Tutor: Linda Robinson
Needle felting is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of model making in textiles, Jenny Barnett is an extremely talented needle felt artist and sculptor. From a lovely goody bag of fibres, let Jenny guide you through the art of fibre sculpting, making the cutest hare.
Tutor: Jenny Barnett
Four week course Mondays 10 - 3.30pm 6th & 20th March, 3rd & 10th April 2017 The projects in this image were all beautifully made by Judith, a beginner on the last course.
Felt is the oldest fabric known to man, today its is loved for its decorative qualities both in crafting and fashion.
On this course learn how to make felt using fine merino fibres, we will be making pictures, a 3d bowl and nuno felting.
Perfect for beginners or those wanting to brush up their felting skills.
Four shows in one Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion Embroidery & Stitch and Hobbycrafts.
Coach travel and entry ticket to the NEC Birmingham on Sunday 22nd March, traveling from Garstang.
Do you love stitch and textile arts? Discover a wealth of exciting materials, threads, embellishments fabrics and more. Be inspired from the catwalk, exhibitions by national and international textile artists, try something new at a workshop. There is so much to see and do at this arguably the Best show in the North.
If you love dressmaking, patchwork, embroidery, knitting, felt making, card making, cake decorating and more this is the trip for you.
Fee: £36 Adult £34 concession
Tutor: A jolly day out for all
Viv Sliwka works under the name of Hen's Teeth... her work is hugely popular for its delightful use of pre-loved fabrics and design.
Make bunting with pizazz.. perfect for those wanting to learn more about machine sewing, using decorative stitches, to applique personal motifs. Learn the tricks to make perfect points on your flags. Think outside the box for decoration.. using lace doilies, ribbons ric racs and more.
Here are a selection of our venues which offer light airy and comfortable surroundings to enhance your creativity.
United Reformed Church Hall and Garstang Arts Centre, both are just off the High Street in the lovely town of Garstang.
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Appreciating there are lots of people interested in sewing and textiles on many levels inspired the launch of Creative Thread Workshops. Please revisit regularly for new listings, if there are techniques that you wish to try out we would love to hear from you.
Creative Thread Workshops - the place to learn. Be inspired to sew and make beautiful things, with lovely fabrics, fibres and threads.
Begins 6th March 2017
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There is very exciting news. Creative Thread have expanded we now have the cutest fabric shop in Garstang! Selling a selection of fabrics by Dashwood and Makower. Wet felting & needle felting supplies. Embroidery threads, kits by independent designers, non woven wool felt mix. buttons ribbons and more... Come in and see us soon, 4 Market Place, Garstang, PR3 1ZA Open Mon - Sat 10am -4.30pm Wed 10am - 1pm
Are you a practicing textile artist with a contemporary twist? Do you have experience in teaching textile or sewing workshops?
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Thank you Linda. Very well planned, everything explained well and expanded upon when necessary. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Will see you again for another course.
Lynn Turner - attended the Machine Sewing for the Terrified workshop
I arrived a complete novice, feel much more competent now.
Alison McGowan - attended the Machine Sewing for the Terrified workshop
Excellent, clear instrutions in organised steps. Really inspired now. Had a great time. Linda is very encouraging and helpful.
Diana Cornthwaite - attended the Machine Sewing for the Terrified workshop
Very enjoyable morning, Linda was very patient and put us all at ease. Small group so lots of individual attention, will be back for more. Thanks
Carolyn Hatch - attended the Machine Sewing for the Terrified workshop
Fabulous workshop, creative fun and CAKE! Thank you Emma & Linda for a great day.
Gillian Caffrey attended Make your own Sock Monkey workshop.
Excellent workshop, explained well, enough time, good venue, Thank you
Nicol Wilkinson, support worker for visually impaired client. David Liddell attended Make your own Sock Monkey workshop.
Great way to spend a Saturday, good fun and a nice friendly atmosphere.
Gail Liddell attended Make your own Sock Monkey workshop
Had a thoroughly lovely day, After 54 years of wondering I now know how to get started. Thank you.
Lynda Ford - attended Beginners Crochet workshop.