Creative Workshops and Courses, Harwich, Essex

Kathleen Laurel Sage – Organza Extravaganza

£130.00 | 13th June - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Spaces available: 9

Two day course Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June

Day 1 – Machine embroidered Seahorse panel

This is Kathleen’s signature workshop. Using dissolvable film, machine embroidery, trapped and layered organza fabrics, cutting back techniques and use of a soldering iron to produce lacy see-through panels resulting in a full understanding of the process and techniques that Kathleen uses in her work.

Day 2 – Sketched and Soldered Floral Fabrics

In this workshop we will be concentrating on using layers of organza trapped between water soluble film to create a delicate and see through fabric that your stylised design will hold together. You will learn to draw with your sewing machine and sketch out your botanical floral design using black thread and free motion machine embroidery. Once dissolved you will use a soldering iron to add detailing to your sheer delicate panel that can be applied to a more substantial background or hung to allow the light to come through and illuminate the design.

Includes homemade lunch and refreshments both days

About the tutor

Kathleen is a freelance designer and embroiderer who for the last 20 years has been producing a wide range of innovative textile works using a soldering iron and a heat gun. She predominantly works with water soluble stabilisers to trap layers of organza and other fibres such as Lutradur and acrylic felts that will melt, to make a range of conventional items and exciting 3-dimensional structures using machine embroidery as the common link.

Kathleen’s inspirations are taken from her own garden and gardens of the National Trust which she visits regularly, drawing and taking photographs as visual resources for an ever growing collection. Sea life and the ocean are another fascinating area of interest for her.

What you will need to bring

The materials below will be available to buy from Kathleen as a kit for £12 per day.

Most equipment will be available to borrow (including soldering tools), please contact us if you need to use one of our machines.

  1. Sewing machine with manual
  2. Free motion spring action machine embroidery foot. [ darning foot on older machines]
  3. Walking foot or Teflon foot
  4. 1000 m Black machine thread. [ poly or rayon]
  5. Your machine embroidery threads in bright and cheerful colours
  6. ½ m Solvy ultra water soluble film
  7. A large varied coloured collection of sheer and crystal organza fabrics [NOT METAL ORGANZA, NYLON OR SILK ORGANZA] if in doubt please test with a hot soldering iron and make sure it melts.
  8. A soft bath towel
  9. A black permanent marking out pen
  10. Pictures of botanical flowers
  11. Tracing paper
  12. Soldering iron, face mask and glass mat to solder out on to
  13. Wire wool to clean soldering iron
  14. Machine needles in case you break a few while stitching 80s and 90s or top stitch
  15. Romeo dissolvable film  { I will have some for sale £4.00]
  16. Scissors small sharp embroidery for fine delicate cutting work
  17.  large fabric and paper scissors
  18. White cotton to baste with
  19. Fine tipped permanent black pilot pen [ Pilot is the brand name] Lumocolor by Staedtler also work
  20. General workshop equipment to include. Pencil, pen, Pins, needle and thread, sharp scissors, note book and paper etc.

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