Mindful Folk Stitching - Ringwood Library - Wednesday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd and 30th November 2022

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Mindful Folk Stitching

Ringwood Library

Wednesday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd and 30th November 2022

10.00am to 12.00pm

An opportunity to practice ‘mindful stitching’ and learn a variety of embroidery stitches and applications for these stitches. You will learn how to create unique, personalised items, gain new skills and create for fun with like-minded individuals. Learners can work with different levels and techniques of sewing according to their ability. You will learn the importance of experimenting and embracing mistakes to increase creativity, how expressing your creativity and being ‘Mindful’ can improve your wellbeing and the importance of self-care time.

  • Demonstrate at least 5 different 'folk-style' hand sewing/embroidery stitches (2-3per week)
  • Learn the beginner's basics of hand stitch including at least 2 design transfer methods and at least 1 technique for finishing such as appliqué and hand embellishment
  • Study at least 1 artist to inspire your final project
  • Design and make at least 1 stitch sampler and 1 personalised item e.g., a small stitched picture, embellished cushion cover or wearable item using a range of learned stitches and/or trims and haberdashery as a final project
  • Discuss how sewing can be a mindful activity and can improve mental health & wellbeing by recording your stress levels before and after the session

Who is this course for: Anyone with an interest in hand embroidery; complete beginners and more experienced stitchers are all welcome!

Previous knowledge or experience: A basic understanding of how to use a needle and thread and some creative knowledge will be beneficial, but not essential. The course is open to all abilities.

How will I learn: Discussion, demonstration and independent sewing via in person teaching sessions.

How will I be assessed: Discussions with the tutor and group discussions about your progress in the course, your chosen sewing project and anything you have learnt. During the length of the course you will have contact with the Tutor via email or WhatsApp for any questions/concerns. You will produce some stitched samples and a final project during the course. Please note, you may need to use your personal time to complete the item you are making due to time constraints.

What shall I bring: Base material e.g., plain stiff cotton/ linen fabric / scrap fabric / Aida for practising. Aida count 16 or 18 is ideal but any size is fine (the smaller the number the larger the stitches) If a total beginner buy size 11 or lower. Any trims you may wish to use (e.g. pom pom trim). Embroidery hoop (5” or bigger), Scrap pieces of felt, Embroidery threads in a variety of colours, needles and needle threader (if needed), scissors, pins, tape measure / ruler, a Pilot Frixion erasable pen, pen/pencils and notebook to make notes. We will discuss your own personal sewing project ideas during the course

Next steps: If you enjoy this course you may wish to look at other Sewing Classes, Upcycling Clothing and Repairs and Alterations. Learners will be able to apply the skills learnt for creating personal projects and gifts.

Attendance is expected at each session to ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience and to minimise disruption for other learners. Please advise the venue/tutor of any absence you may have.

You will be contacted by a member of the learning in Libraries team prior to the course. We are unable to process your booking without a phone number.

Please note that due to circumstances outside of our control we may need to move this course online. Please give consent to your image appearing on our virtual learning environment Zoom.

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