Janet Clare Workshops

Janet Clare is an experienced quilting and sewing teacher from the UK who has published books as well as being a fabric designer for Moda. Her fabric ranges 'Hearty Good Wishes' (one and two), 'Field Guide', and 'The Wordsmith' reflect her aesthetic for beautifully hand drawn ideas. She regularly hosts talks and workshops focusing on her design process and her creative techniques. Her workshops are fun and friendly and her aim is for everyone to leave with new skills, beautiful work, and the confidence to create their very own textile artworks.

Hettie's Patch will be hosting two one day workshops with Janet Clare.

The first workshop will be held on Wednesday 28th of June, and is called 'Draw with your sewing machine'. It is a great introduction to free-motion stitching with your sewing machine. It is a favourite technique of Janet's and is an important part of her appliqué and quilting style. You will learn how free-motion stitching can transform and personalise you appliqué. She teaches through a series of fun group exercises in the morning, and then in the afternoon everyone is free to create their own appliqué blocks or pictures. She will help you design your own pictures and will teach you all of her tips and tricks to enable you confidently create your own thread sketches.

An example of her work.

An example of her work.

A lovely little robin.

A lovely little robin.

The second workshop will be held on Thursday 29th of June, and is called 'The Wordsmith - Quilted Memories to Cherish'. This workshop is about noticing and cherishing the simple things in life. It is about love letters, little notes, and finding pressed flowers in favourite books. It is about every day things recorded in a beautiful way. You will learn Janet's favourite techniques including fusible appliqué and free-motion quilting and you will create you very own unique project inspired by your favourite sayings and memories. She will be there to help you draw, design and create your own family heirloom. So gather up your letters and threads and be a wordsmith with Janet Clare.

Each daily workshop will start at 10am and finish at 4pm, and they will include lunch and morning and afternoon tea. The cost of each workshop is $220 for the day. If you would like to attend both days, the total fee is $400. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place in these workshops, and once paid, we will provide you with a requirements list. You can contact the shop on 08 8346 0548 to secure your place, or email us at hetties@bigpond.net.au.

These are fantastically creative workshops that will not only give you an insight into techniques and processes, but also enable you to pursue your own creative ideas with like minded people all in a fun and friendly environment. We look forward to creating with you!

A little green finch.

A little green finch.

Rows of houses.

Rows of houses.

Iron, snow, & shadow

The three new fabrics from Carolyn Friedlander that are in store now are Iron, Snow, & Shadow. You'll find linear outlines of trees and branches in 'Iron', while 'Shadow' is a lighter topographical print. 'Snow' is a simple drawn shape repeated in order across the fabric. The designs are gentle and could seamlessly work their way into many a project. If you want to offset some heavier prints, then I think these are the way to go.

Shadow

Shadow

Iron

Iron

Do you suppose she's a wildflower?

Flower shop by Alexia Abegg of Cotton + Steel is inspired by Mexican folk embroidery, amulets, and wildflowers. The little animals on an unbleached background have traditional blankets on their backs and the colours are ideal for babies or toddlers. The coordinating prints from her range, enhance the simplicity of the animals while adding a pop of gentle colour. 

A snapshot of the weekend workshop

Marg Sampson George visited Hettie's Patch this weekend, and what a hive of activity it has been. The ladies worked on the projects that inspired them the most, and so they were varied, with different applications, but all beautiful. Hexagons, 'margagons', six pointed stars, 'margstars',  bags, quilts, spots, stripes, chit, and chat, it was all happening in the classroom. Even if I've seen a quilt of Marg's before, I seem to always find something new to exclaim over. I love her work, her choice of fabric, her sense of whimsy, and her creative eye and I think it is because of these things, that people love to attend her classes.

I love the leggy flamingoes and contrast in spots. This is one of Marg's quilts.

I love the leggy flamingoes and contrast in spots. This is one of Marg's quilts.

Julie's Margagon block that includes some new Tula Pink fabric.

Julie's Margagon block that includes some new Tula Pink fabric.

Ali's Fly Away with Me in progress.

Ali's Fly Away with Me in progress.

Sue is working on a bag with lovely hexagons.

Sue is working on a bag with lovely hexagons.

Rosalie's bag has begun with meticulous stitching and contrasting colours.

Rosalie's bag has begun with meticulous stitching and contrasting colours.

Sue's bag has begun on gorgeous linen, in bold greens.

Sue's bag has begun on gorgeous linen, in bold greens.

Darilyn is working a quilt top that holds dear memories to her, and is adding some interesting 'margagons'.

Darilyn is working a quilt top that holds dear memories to her, and is adding some interesting 'margagons'.

Judith is inspired by a quilt, from Marg's Take and Element book and is using lovely Tilda.

Judith is inspired by a quilt, from Marg's Take and Element book and is using lovely Tilda.

Lisa's bag will be bold, with striking 'margstars' in beautiful blues.

Lisa's bag will be bold, with striking 'margstars' in beautiful blues.

Lynn has her piece's sorted, and ready to go. How exciting!

Lynn has her piece's sorted, and ready to go. How exciting!

Lisa's bird has beautiful movement in her wings, just from the placement of the shape on the pattern. She is making a bag too.

Lisa's bird has beautiful movement in her wings, just from the placement of the shape on the pattern. She is making a bag too.

Mary-Ann has started her 'margstars' (as well as finishing off many quilt tops recently).

Mary-Ann has started her 'margstars' (as well as finishing off many quilt tops recently).

Kathleen's 'margagon' is a wonderful mix of eclectic fabrics.

Kathleen's 'margagon' is a wonderful mix of eclectic fabrics.

Helen's bag has some beautiful colours and patterns (especially against the blue stripe).

Helen's bag has some beautiful colours and patterns (especially against the blue stripe).

The Corner of 5th & fun

Sweet bears, cats, rabbits, and squirrels in beautifully soft tones of brown, yellow, green, with a touch of blue and pale red make up the range Corner of 5th & fun. The feature fabric below has three rows of a scene with the house and trees, and bunting that says 'hello' that run the length of the fabric (rather than across the width). It's a lovely range to make something for a new baby, with characters with nonchalant faces in versatile colours. I think it is very calming and delightful at the same time.