On the 3rd of September, I was invited to showcase my embroidery and embellishment skills at one of the busiest garden parties I have ever been to!
All the guests were there for the fantastic fabric sale by The Offset Warehouse which is run by founder Charlie Ross.
I had previously asked Charlie for some small fabric remnants to help me to show to visitors exactly what can be added to an existing textile design to make it unique. I combined a few embroidery and beading embellishment techniques onto two different hand-block printed fabrics. I also showed how you can use waste fabric in an unusual way by cutting a large piece of jersey material into strips and then crocheting it into a fabric basket. It is a great way to use waste fabric and this piece had previously been a test sample showing various prints, so the colours were varied and blended into one another.
I had some great conversations about knitting, hearing from both hand and machine knitters as well as demonstrating some mountmellick embroidery techniques and getting some of the visitors to have a go! It was also exciting to discuss the projects that each visitor was planning with their new fabric or yarn. Very inspiring!
Included in the event alongside myself, was a spinner/weaver/crotchet-gem, who was there representing the Buckingham shire Guild… we spoke at length about our love for exploring a variety of textile techniques. I also met Rebecca who is the owner of an amazing fashion brand Rika that creatively uses end of roll fabrics to make geometric patterned garments.
Not only was the location situated in a lovely part of rural London, the garden was in full bloom and the sun was shining gloriously! There was plenty of cake to be eaten and I only wish I’d taken home two extra slices!!!