Monday, 23 May 2016

Stitch Gathering 2016 classes are announced today!

This year's Stitch Gathering classes have just been announced! You can read descriptions of all the class here.

Let's have a look at them in more detail!

We have some really interesting new teachers this year like Juliet Van der Heijden of Tartankiwi blog. Originally a Scot Juliet now lives in New Zealand but is coming home for a visit which luckily (for us!) coincides with the Stitch Gathering. Juliet will be teaching an introduction to designing your own foundation paper piecing.

Juliet will also be teaching a workshop for myBearpaw earlier in September!

I have been a fan of Carina Envoldsen-Harris's amazing embroideries for a long time so I was delighted to hear she was planning a trip to Edinburgh to help promote her new book. This means not only is she teaching her embellished patchwork class at the Stitch Gathering but she will also be teaching a longer version of the same workshop at myBearpaw the day before the big event!

Jenny Haynes of Papper Sax Sten will be teaching a class on bias tape applique. This sample piece is absolutely stunning and as I have never tried this technique before I would love to do this class! Unfortunately I am teaching at the same time!

And this is what I will be teaching in the morning - a 3D Improv Dresden! I was going to teach my Biscornu with embroidery, but as we have another 3 classes that involve embroidery this year, and as it is primarily a quilting retreat I thought I would offer something more patchwork technique based.

I got a lot of very positive feedback from Retreaters about this piece on social media last week so I'm afraid biscornu is out and Improv Dresden is in (sorry Di, Suzanne and Sheila!).

The last morning class choice if from Julie of Forest Poppy. Julie has taught with us every year and her classes are always popular. Love these patchwork buckets - so pretty and useful!

Julie will also be teaching one of the shorter classes in the afternoon on couching with wool and making these cute pouches with the results.

Fiona of Poppymakes is another SG 'old favourite' especially for her hand sewing classes. This year she'll be tackling needle-turn applique with this sweet flower block.

After a year's break (apparently caused by Rugby!!) Katy Cameron of The Littlest Thistle is back with this incredibly useful Ironing mat and caddy - what a fab idea!

Following on from last year's FMQ theory class Trudi Woods is back with a practical masterclass in FMQ, and just look at that sublime stitching on her sample piece!

And lastly I will be teaching a hand quilting class in the afternoon. Do you remember last year's ticket project where we asked everyone to create their favourite word on their ticket? Well I will be sewing these together and getting them ready to be hand quilted at the event in a wonderful, communal, barn-raising style quilt-a-thon!!

We plan to stagger the start and finish times of the afternoon classes so that everyone gets a turn at some hand quilting and turns this exciting piece into a proper community work of art!!

I am so excited about this year's event and if you already have a ticket I hope you are too! And for the rest of you I am just sorry that it has already sold out (with a sizeable waiting list).

But there is always next year!!!

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