Summer School Tutor's Workshops



 Julia Triston & Gwen Hedley. Julia Triston & Gwen Hedley.
Julia and Gwen have chosen an overall theme of 'Humble Beginnings' especially for Distant Stitch students.

Julia will call her particular workshop ‘Identity, to help you find ways that will explore identity and the memories that previously used/worn textiles hold.

Gwen will call her workshop 'Build up, Dig down', where you will explore exciting approaches to working with layers.

Both workshops will be stimulating, informative and inspiring.



You are invited to secure your place on either workshop by making a booking as soon as possible.


Workshop With Julia Triston
Julia Triston

Workshop 1 with Julia Triston


Workshop Title: Identity

An exploration through deconstruction, reconstruction and stitch.

This workshop will explore identity and the memories that previously used/worn textiles hold.

You will deconstruct some functional textiles and reconstruct them into new ‘assemblages’, with a changed identity.

These samples can be put into a sketchbook as an aide memoire, or a more resolved piece could be created for the basis of a project.

Techniques will include layering, collage and piecing. Fabrics used will be mostly recycled, altered, and then ‘repurposed’ into new compositions.

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Workshop With Gwen Hedley
Gwen Hedley

Workshop 2 with Gwen Hedley


Workshop Title: 'Build up, Dig Down'

Working with basic cloth and/or papers, which we will colour and mark in interesting ways, we will explore exciting approaches to working with layers.

Work can be fine and delicate, robust and chunky, and just about anything in between, and there is scope for hand and/or machine stitching.

Together, we will create unique dimensional surfaces that can be 3D if you wish.

Through on-going personal tutorials, you will be able to develop your own styles of work, and to build a workbook of ideas for future developments.

You may even wish to make a small resolved piece of work, or to begin a larger one – it’s a matter of personal choice.
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