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.

A couple of gems

Every now and then when reshuffling fabric around the shop, we come across little gems. Recently it was big eyed owl fabric by Dear Stella in oranges, blues, grey, yellow, and white, and also some fine bikes in grey, pink, teal, and green that caught my eye. These would make great book bags and you could line them in stripes, stars, or spots of your choice. Actually, they would make a lovely pillow cases to brighten up a bedroom.

Celebrate! by Kathy Doughty

Kathy's new range has arrived in store recently and it is a beautiful combination of eclectic designs including pineapples, flowers, patterned squares, and vases full of animals. The vases of animals can be used as a feature, while the animals on the chain links would look fabulous in a border. The ability to fussy pieces from this range is it's strength. A quilt of whimsy can be created, and those quilts are the best kind.

'Alison Glass Handcrafted'

It's the colour resist dying of the fabric, the not so perfect lines, and the feel of the fabric that will remind you of batik fabrics. The colours are simply beautiful, and teamed with plain coloured cottons or just a bright white, something wonderful could happen. So much to do, so little time....

alisonglass

This will brighten your Saturday

I've read that Snow Leopard Designs gain inspiration from a vast archive which includes floral chintzes, Japanese woodblock prints, and a range of english botanical illustration, to name a few. They're bright and bold and we think they are beautiful.