Friday, 7 June 2013

First Time for Everything!

I have been a bit on edge this week as I watched Friday slowly, or should I say, rapidly, approaching.  The reason for my angst was that the lovely ladies who run Stitchcraft Studio had encouraged me to teach (!) a 'Fun Friday' session.  Gulp! 

The subject of the session was 'Topstitched Curved Piecing' which you'll know I have used regularly in my seascaped themed pieces.  I spent a lot of time preparing and making both samples and finished pieces and I'm pleased to say my little group understood my instructions and made some great little samples.  Sadly I only managed to get photos of 4 of the completed pieces but I will be seeing the other girls soon so I'll photograph their work next time I see them.


This beautiful muted sample is Annette's work.  She has made lovely use of the fabrics she had chosen and used both the right and reverse sides of the fabrics to give her a wider range of tones.   Annette's planning to make some table runners now she has learned the technique.


Christine, one of the owners of Stitchcraft Studio, worked with the beautiful batiks above and took a leaf out of Lindsay's book (below, the last piece) and inserted part curves.


Isn't Kathryn's impression of Mallorca above fabulous?  She wants to make a larger piece to remind herself of all the beautiful colours in the landscape and the sea of her favourite holiday destination.
Lindsay inspired her too to make part curves and they add interest to the piece.  Kathryn is the other owner of Stitchcraft.

Last, but not least, Lindsay completed the piece above with its lovely calm colour scheme.  As you can see Lindsay was keen to include a partial curve to suggest a distant hill. 

Despite being nervous about doing the class I had a lovely time and enjoyed the feedback from everyone which thankfully was positive.  Phew!  I've even volunteered to do 'Curved Piecing Part Deux'!


19 comments:

Jackie said...

Fantastic. Well done Julie on a great workshop. It looks lik ethey all listened and learned!

Linda said...

Wow Julie......you did a great job! They all produced amazing work.....all credit to you. XX

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Clare Wassermann said...

Hey well done. The preparation you did for the class has really paid off x

Timaree said...

Teaching for the first time would be scary but now it's behind you and it looks like you did a great job!

Maggi said...

Well done Julie. It looks like the workshop was a huge success and your students produced great results. You must feel really pleased.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

She steps into the limelight - yay!!!! Now that's over with and you can teach regularly. Wonderful student work. xox

Wendy said...

I knew you would do well, there are some fab pieces, you have clearly passed on your love of sea colours:

Kate North said...

I do really love this technique - I will have to give it (or my approximation of it) a try some time...

Living to work - working to live said...

Hey-well done you! I love leading workshops, both at work and textile related. I've done a few of the latter but would love to do more. But you need time to prepare as you say. I think I just love the process of sharing and getting people to open up. My workshop this week, for I did run one, was on how we could develop more training - but related to the built environment!

Heather said...

Congratulations. You must be a good tutor as your students work is lovely. I do like the effects produced by using the reverse of fabrics as well as the right side, and part curves add even more to the design. Looking forward to part 2!

Angela said...

Well done Julie the work looks great.

Becky Vigor said...

Beautiful samples. Well done for inspiring them all.

Jackie said...

So proud of you, Julie!

Peneller said...

I'm so pleased for you Julie. The work looks really good and you can give yourself a pat on the back. The first time is always the worst but really you don't need to be nervous.

sharon young said...

Well done, I'm sure your class were thrilled, I would have been, their results are all beautiful.

Lis Harwood said...

I saw on Facebook that you had taught this workshop but didn't have time for a proper look at your blog post until now. You need not have been nervous as the results your students achieved show what a fantastic job you did. I love the land and seascapes that have been created and they all have a new stitching technique that will serve them well in quilts to come. Well done :-)

pam said...

Oh well done you - I bet they all had a lovely class - they all look lovely.

Gina said...

Well done Julie. You obviously taught them well!