I worked on a lovely project organized by Somerset Art Works at Taunton Deane Pupil Referral Unit last week. These are pupils who are not in main stream education for a variety of reasons. The plan was to give a basic introduction to sewing machines and how their in-built stitches can be used to build up decorative surfaces.
The emphasis of the workshop was how simple stitch techniques could be used to build up more complex surfaces that could then be turned, if the student wanted it, into a finished product. After a safe practice demonstration students started using the machines. The lovely guys at Pfaff had lent me a couple of machines and I bought mine as well and we worked all of the machines hard. The plan was for students to just stay with me for a half day but one student really got into it and stayed all day making an embroidered purse and then a bespoke make up bag. This was seen as a great success as she often struggles to stay in school for a long period.
I also bought with me a micro tag gun was not really used as much as I expected. It’s a very quick way to apply sequins and whilst there was much discussion about then they weren’t really used on the final pieces. They were however used to make felt ‘camouflage’ fabric with a student with an interest in the military. This was then further embellished with camouflage sequins that I had bought some time ago but had never found the right project to use them on….until last week!
A big thanks to the teams at SAW, Taunton Deane and VSM UK ltd for their help in making this happen
This is the project blog. https://youngprospectus.wordpress.com/