Back in 2008 an Australian lady named Dorothy (Dot) Christian made a small, blob-like fabric doll embellished with beads and created a bit of a phenomenon.
10 years later and we are bringing Dotee dolls to Beeston! They were traditionally made to swap ort gift and spread a little happiness.
There is no right or wrong way to make a Dotee doll, the only rules are no arms or legs, a loop at the top for hanging and a dangly tail.
Dotee dolls are usually 4 to 6 inches in length and can be decorated in any way you like – beads, buttons, sequins, reibbons and embroidery. As much or as little as you like. Your doll could be man or beast, male or female or a bit of a mix!
Any skill level can achieve great results, you don’t have to have any sewing experience at all. We will cover basic sewing techniques, embroidery and stuffing your doll in our session.
These little companion dolls are such fun to create. You can make a personal gift or keep your creation for yourself. You will take home your lovely doll and a goodie bag of treasures such as beads, ribbons and fabric to make more dolls at home if you wish.
All materials are provided plus beverages and light snacks.
Mono printing is a form of printing that only produces one original image, unlike other printing forms where you can get multiple prints from one original.
There are many techniques for Monoprinting that create beautiful results. Working with thick printing inks and a lovely selection of handmade papers, you will produce a number of original prints to take home with you.
Our wonderful tutor Fiona will be on hand to gently guide you in this craft. All materials are included plus beverages and light snacks.
Free-machine embroidery has been described by Kirsty Allsopp as ‘the crack cocaine of the crafting world!’ and we have to agree – it is VERY addictive!
Sarah’s workshop will introduce you to this fascinating art form – it can be described as drawing with your sewing machine. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners (no previous sewing experience required) but is also great as an introduction to a different sewing technique for more accomplished machinists or as a refresher for those that have tried free-machine embroidery before.
You will learn how to set up a sewing machine ready for free-machine embroidery and can have fun practising doodling and ‘writing’ onto fabric. Once you have mastered the basics, you will design and create your own framed textile picture using free-machine embroidery & appliqué techniques.
There will be a selection of fabrics available for you to use in your appliqué design, but you are very welcome to bring your own fabric if you prefer.
At the end of the workshop you will be able to set up a sewing machine for free-machine embroidery and have the knowledge to create your own textile art at home.
Information regarding suitable fabrics and threads etc and where to buy them will also be given to you.
You don’t need to bring anything with you as all tools and materials/equipment will be provided. However, please do feel free to bring your own fabric scraps & photos or pictures to provide inspiration for your framed picture.