There will be four tutored days duing this retreat although the workshop will be open every evening for the duration of the course.
Sunday and Tuesday are outing days but you are free to stay behind and felt if you would rather!
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Free Motion Felt with Jackie Cardy
May 15th to May 22nd 2020
ALL MATERIALS AND FELT MAKING EQUIPMENT PROVIDED.
There will only be up to 8 students at this retreat, thus ensuring plenty of individual attention, masses of enthusiasm and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Day 1 Thursday: Arrive today. Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Jackie will display her felted and embroidered work and discuss how she made them.
Day 2 Friday: Introduction to felt making. We go straight in at the deep end with the creation of at least one piece of felt with a painterly surface for stitching later. Students may work intuitively or they could sketch some ideas for shapes and colours from the garden to create this first piece of felt. This will be the learning piece where students will discover how wool behaves, how colours blend, and how to create a firm piece of felt. Later in the day the students will be shown how to make prefelts, which will be used to create a more accurate piece for their main project.
Day 3 Saturday: Students will continue to create a working ‘library’ of prefelts to use, incorporating other fibres such as silk and pieces of fine scrim and chiffon to create textural surfaces to combine in the main piece.
After lunch we will be designing and constructing a felt piece using the prefelts. Students can use their own drawings, or work from something that inspires them to create a base for stitch, cutting shapes from the pre-felts they made earlier and collaging them onto a background before felting the whole piece. There will be time to produce more than one piece as we will continue tomorrow afternoon, so if anyone wishes they could also create felt for a small item such as a cuff, a book cover, or pin cushion.
Day 4 Sunday: This morning we will visit the local markets and vide greniers to look for fabulous French finds. After lunch we will return to the studio to continue on with our felting.
Day 5 Monday: Machine embroidery. Students will learn how to use free machine embroidery on their felt to enhance and define areas and to create a tactile and textured surface. Consideration will be given to design with tips on preparation and planning before starting machining. Different ways of using machine embroidery will be covered exploring some of the possibilities of stitch that can be achieved and if students are inexperienced these could be carried out on cotton fabric in a hoop before moving on to thicker felt.
After practising with the earlier pieces, work can begin on the pieces made using prefelts
Day 6 Tuesday: This will be an outing day to places of your choice. The studio will be open on your return to continue felting.
Day 7 Wednesday: Today we will look at the ways in which hand stitch can be used to enhance and embellish the final surface, using simple stitches in different ways. Consideration will be given to the variety of threads, looking at texture, sheen, colour, and thickness. More machining can be added if necessary.
Day 8 Thursday: Today we will say our goodbyes and gather all our finished work to enjoy each others results. Jackie will demo blocking work in preparation for mounting and talk about ways of presenting your work.
A brief creative biography
Having spent most of her useful life as a primary school teacher, mainly on supply, Jackie now finds herself over 60 and able to indulge her passion for creativity. She spends most of her days ignoring the washing pile, instead constructing felt on which to stitch. Jackie might stitch brooches or wall pieces. Either way she haves fun, and, fortunately, find that people will part with their hard earned money to own her work, which touches her greatly.
Her inspiration comes from nature both vast and minute. From the beautiful jade, lime, grey, and cream of the sea and the Burren on the West coast of County Clare in Ireland, to the tiny patches of weeds in the undergrowth of the woods.
Ancient traditions and marks in the landscape all swish about in her head and occasionally fall out onto the fabric. Jackie uses her sewing machine needle like a pen and has stitched many hundreds of miles over silk, wool and velvet. Jackie has stitched all her life and in 1992 she eventually took up a City and Guilds course in Creative Embroidery. It taught her many new skills, and helped her to develop her own style and refined her approach to her work. Jackie achieved a 'Highly Commended' from City and Guilds 'Medals for Excellence' awards for her part two work in 1997