New sewing classes:
The Power of Quiting Workshops
Workshops and weekend classes in the context of textile arts - textile traditions from all over the world!
In Our Hands'!
I have put together new workshops that focus on the traditions of textile craft and provide a good basis for your own projects. These workshops are designed to deepen your understanding of the diverse and rich history behind textile traditions from different parts of the world.
Additional workshops will be added over time, such as Korean Bogaji, Trapunto Quilting, and Osage Ribbonwork.
Sewing Machine Class Improv Quilting
16. March 2024
My workshops and courses are designed as an introduction to one's own creative work with textile materials.
Unless otherwise stated, all courses are suitable for both beginners and advanced participants alike. In a small group of 4 to 6 people, I can personally attend to each participant and consider individual preferences.
The workshops and weekend courses are a good basis for further participation in the Quilting Bee, where you can receive further support.
Working with textile materials is one of the oldest cultural techniques in the world. Its background and history are rarely and only incompletely told. The techniques are rarely taught. These workshops and weekend courses aim to change that.
Understanding how to use a needle and thread opens up endless possibilities for creative and artistic inventions with textiles as an artistic material. Collective craft knowledge can be an inspiring starting point. Textile arts cannot do without this knowledge as a source of knowledge and reference.
Sewing by hand is a personal experience. It is an intimate and creative process that is based on relaxed concentration. Sewing with a sewing machine is a functional addition to sewing by hand. It is direct, requires minimal tools and feels organic. If we make the effort and learn how to use a thimble or sewing ring, sewing by hand is quick, uncomplicated and gentle on the hand. We can sew and embroider many things by hand that are not possible with a machine. Gold embroidery is an example of this. Kimonos and dirndls are also traditionally sewn by hand. In haute couture, sewing by hand is indispensable. Until the invention of the sewing machine in the 1840s, sewing was done exclusively by hand.
Sashiko is a wonderful example of sewing/embroidery by hand. But the western way with the sewing ring and small needles is also smart and gentle on the hand. I love appliquéing and quilting by hand.
Sewing with a sewing machine is a functional addition to sewing by hand and can be used creatively in its own way.
Sewing traditions have their origins in the creative and sustainable use of our resources. My workshops focus on fabrics that have already been worn and used. They are full of memories and bear the traces of our lives.
Please note: In my sewing courses and workshops, the focus is on the respective craft methods and not on a design concept. The design aspects result from these processes. I do my best to take individual personal preferences into account. You should not expect a complete result at the end of the sewing courses, because of the slowness of the process. Instead, you will find guidance and inspiration, gain some practical experience and develop a solid understanding of how to proceed on your own.
If you are in a difficult financial situation and the workshop fees are too high for your wallet, let me know and we can discuss whether I can grant a discount.