Friday 1 December 2017

Fabric Sketchbooks with Dionne Swift

Last month I went to Janome HQ near Stockport to take part in a two day workshop by Dionne Swift called Fabric Sketchbooks.   I was hoping that I would learn how to use my sewing machine and get over my fear of it.  And I did.  Thank you Dionne.

As you know I love well organised workshops.  And was this well organised!  Dionne set up 5 sewing machines, 3 Embellishers and the iron and ironing board as different stations.  As she set up each machine she showed us what the task was at that station.  And then we had to move round every 10 minutes and do each exercise.   You don't really have time to be afraid of your machine when you've only got 10 minutes to do something in.

Dionne had given us a large piece of material to do these exercises on.  I'm not going to tell you what we were asked to do.  You will have to go on the course yourself!   Sign up quickly though because the places fill up fast.

By the end of day one my fabric looked like this

Day 2 brought more exercises both on the large fabric and some other pieces of fabric.

And then we cut it up!  Oh yes!  And you know how I love to cut things up and make books.

After cutting and folding it looked like this

I'll just show you a few of the pages.

Dionne talked about some other things to do which I didn't have time for and so took the sketchbook home to finish.

I'll show you what I did in my next post.

Thanks for joining me today

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