WORKSHOP - Create Slow : Stitch, Dye, Weave & Slow

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WORKSHOP - Create Slow : Stitch, Dye, Weave & Slow

495.00

This 2-day workshop gathers in the forest inland from Yamba where we'll create magic in our dye pots, creating colour from the surrounding landscape, as well as the heart-stoppingly beautiful blue of an indigo vat. Using fabric treasures from the dye pot we'll hand stitch a small keepsake, such as a pouch or drawstring bag, using Sashiko or Kantha inspired stitching. You'll learn traditional raffia basket weaving using hand dye raffia and foraged forest finds, to create a wild woven basket.

Workshop includes:
+ Natural & Botanical dye techniques, including ‘eco-printing’
+ Indigo vat
+ Shibori techniques
+ Slow-Stitch projects
+ Basket weaving using raffia and found items
+ Slow quiet moments in the forest or gathered in a circle with other creative
+ Two tutors
+ Two days of immersive creative making & connecting

When: 11th & 12th November, 2017 10am-4pm each day
Where: Solum Farm, Mororo, NSW
Cost: $495 includes all materials, 2 x tutors, and a delicious morning tea and vegetarian lunch each day.

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In this 2-day gathering we'll explore the magical beauty of botanical and natural dyeing, as well as make works of slow creative ideas. We'll hand stitch pieces both for the dye pot and from the dye pot, and use basket-weaving techniques to create useful and artful creations. 

This immersive workshop is about the simple joyful feeling of experimenting, learning new things and giving over to the mistakes of mark-making and unexpected beauty. We'll learn technical skills, but combine that with an instinctive way of working; enjoying the process rather than focussing on the outcome. 

The botanical and natural dye sessions will involve many different techniques and processes, showing you how to use gathered leaves and plants, kitchen scraps and compost, found materials, as well as flowers from the garden. We'll also make an indigo vat, and learn simple Shibori techniques. The colours we discover in the dye pot will be determined by the landscape around us.

Using Boro and Kantha-inspired processes we'll hand stitch a special piece, made from naturally dyed fabrics and scraps. Slow stitch is a big part of Ellie's creative process, and is aimed to guide you in a meditation rather than rushing for a finished object. We will work on a simple project of your choice - a drawstring bag, bento bag or similar small but ever so beauty-filled items.

Our weaving session will use found and gathered materials, as well as naturally dyed raffia to create a hand woven basket. You’ll learn simple techniques to create a functional basket shape, but also have the option to create more expressive and experimental ‘baskets’.

This workshop is about slowing down, feeling the quiet that can come from tapping into your own creative voice, while connecting with others in a fulfilling way. Spending time in the forest and using leavesand plants will naturally bring the quiet, while gathering with a group of like-minded creative offers a new depth to our own journey. Using the landscape around you, and connecting to the landscape within, the projects and processes you’ll experience during this weekend will help you explore your own creative journey – be it a new adventure or one you’ve been exploring for many years.

Workshop includes:
+ Natural & Botanical dye techniques, including ‘eco-printing’
+ Indigo vat
+ Shibori techniques
+ Slow-Stitch projects
+ Basket weaving using raffia and found items
+ Slow quiet moments in the forest or gathered in a circle with other creative
+ Two tutors
+ Two days of immersive creative making & connecting

When: 11th & 12th November, 2017 10am-4pm each day
Where: Solum Farm, Mororo, NSW
Cost: $495 includes all materials, 2 x tutors, and a delicious morning tea and vegetarian lunch each day.
(While all materials are included in the workshop fee, there is an extra list of helpful items to bring, that will be emailed to you upon booking). 
T&C: Read my workshop terms & conditions here.
Accommodation: is not included in the fee. You are welcome to 'self-sufficient' camp at Solum Farm or if you require any assistance with booking a local accommodation, please contact Cheryl at Solum Farm for further details. (Cheryl@organicmatters.org.au).