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Create Slow : Stitch, Dye & Weave; Yamba

  • Solum Farm 291 Mororo Road Mororo, NSW, 2469 Australia (map)


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
+ Delicious cake for morning tea and full vegetarian lunch

All materials are included in the cost, but there is an additional materials list if you want to bring extra things. You’ll be sent this list upon booking your spot.

Saturday 11th Nov & Sunday 12th Nov 10am – 4pm each day, with vegetarian lunch & morning tea included.
Cost $495 for all materials, two tutors, and meals.

BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE. Or email me for further info.