Saturday, 25 July 2009

Shabby Chic Workshop.............

Well I managed to take a few snaps of my workshop to share with you.
And what a productive 'taster' session we had!

My workshop was entitled - 'Shabby Chic Hearts & Birds'
In it I was hoping to get those attending to stitch and decorate a bird or a heart, or both if they were quick stitchers(!) To create a unique shabby chic decoration to adorn their homes. Something that was personal to them - their tastes, their colours, a decoration individual to them. I think it is wonderful to create something especially from remnants (which might otherwise have been discarded) with the addition of stitch, fabric fragments and buttons. The act of purely creating something from nothing as it were I feel is v rewarding.

Below are the samples I made by hand - not a machine stitch in sight for a change! - I had a heart and a bird sample and then a larger hanging to show what you could go on to do.

So here was my workshop............................... my bits all packed ready to take to the workshop, it doesn't look a lot but it was more than enough for some lovely creating

the workshop table in all its colourful glory!

and more!.......

And now for some 'action' shots of my workshoppers creating! I apologise for the quality of some of these photos, some are a bit blurry - due to the flurry of stitches and hand movement that was happening! so here are a few shots of the 'shabby chic' items that were being created

A beautiful bird having some wee wings added

A sweet finished heart from someone who said they had v basic sewing skills - (you know who you are!) how fab is it?!!

Another sweet heart in the making, which when finished had some beautiful pieces of contrasting ribbon hanging from it too

another little heart which had had the flower shape cut out and appliqued to the front, lovely

Another gorgeous bird with a scrummy fabric fragment being stitched on for a wing

The 2 hours went so quickly I felt like I'd no sooner got there than I was off again!

I would just like to say THANK YOU so much to Catriona for organising the 'taster' workshops with the Horsebridge Centre. It was a great experience and one I would definitely do again. I hope all the lovely ladies that came to the workshop have now found my blog??!! as I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to you all for attending and being so lovely to work with. I am so glad from your chat and comments during the workshop that you enjoyed taking part and was thrilled that many of you took bits home to continue making another shabby chic heart or bird!

So here's hoping to more stitching and workshops! you just never know what will be happening in the future...................!

Till then here's my shabby chic heart, both sides with 'love' from me to you............. X hope everyone is enjoying the sun this weekend ;0


Kayla coo said...

Hi Kirsty,
Looks like everyone had a fun time.
It's lovely to go to work and enjoy it!

Mrs B said...

oh it looks gorgeous fun! what a talented lady! xxx

karen said...

it looks amazing, like you had a really good time!

nifty thrifty said...

Brilliant. There is something special about things that have been hand stitched - they have a certain quality that I love. I particularly like using cotton jersey (i.e. old T-shirts) having fallen in love with the Alabama Stitch Book. I'm hoping to run some 'handmade' workshops using reclaimed materials to coincide with some craft events I am organising ... any tips??

Menopausal musing said...

What a lovely thing to have shared with others. I particularly love the dark blue and white stripey heart with the red button. x


Funny, I've been making hearts this week - yours are gorgeous!

Jackie said...

Don't give away all your secrets! Lovely workshop...lucky people..cute hearts.

meplusmolly said...

Thank you all for such lovely comments!
It was a really positive experience for me ;0 x

mimilove forever said...

Yay! Shelia take a bow as The Smiffs once said! x;)

Lovin' the hot embroidery action shots x

Simply H said...

Well done Kirsty, it looks like a fab time was had by all!!! I hope you are feeling very proud of yourself x

Art4Sol said...

Looks like everyone had a productive day!

That Crafty Fish! said...

workshop luving x i couldn't work with adults, they need far too much help!

Fabric Nation said...

This looks like it went really well! I've been running a few workshops too, and it's such good fun and very inspiring seeing how people use your materials in such different ways.

Anonymous said...

These are soooo cute! Great work! =)