|The Mothers' Centre on 20 St W, Saskatoon|
I brought some examples of current fibre art practices including a piece of art by Beth Wolchock Brown (one of my faves from Winnipeg). Everyone was so wowed at the idea of thread art. A few of them really enjoyed the books & eye-candy I brought along, having never seen anything like it. Some had backgrounds in painting so this really opened up some possibilities for them.
I talked to them about my background and how I got into stitching art while being a stay at home mom of little ones. I talked about life after midnight - stitching while little ones are asleep, and how my career developed from this lifestyle thanks to the internet.
Then I taught them threading, knotting, and how to weave tail ends in... demo'd a few basic stitches and started experimenting. We hooped up the fabric and visited while they stitched whatever they wanted with any colors they chose. I found it easiest to bring all the 12 wt Wonderfil Threads on spools. There's less tangling than the skeins of floss.
Above - teeny outline stitches on abstract commercial fabrics. Below - SOMEONE fell in love with French Knots! : )
|embellishing commercial fabrics|
One of the mothers traced her child's hand and chain stitched the outline with black on some tie dyed fabric! What a nice keepsake. I love this. : )
I brought along some stick pins and foam core to mount their work. We didn't get that far though. The hours went by quickly so I did a mounting/stretching demo and let everyone take home the supplies to do it themselves.
There was childcare provided, but a couple kids couldn't just watch so they joined in too. Awesome.
|Little A. joins in|
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share stitching in the art program Michelle!
|a little bit of fabric collage for good measure...|
What a great day! I hope they all keep adding stitch to their lives (both the women and the children).
p.s. This week is International Women's Day so I'm passing this on to anyone interested in contributing to some good conversation.