Fabric Manipulation Update

Fabric Manipulation Update

Fabric Manipulation Workshop. Smocking quilting folding gathering appliqué drawn thread work and embroidery.  INTRA Dee Hudson

Fabric Manipulation Workshop. Smocking quilting folding gathering appliqué drawn thread work and embroidery.
INTRA Dee Hudson

Over the last six weeks I have been running a workshop for fabric manipulation at the INTRA centre in Rochester high Street, very kindly hosted by Unravel and Unwind a community drop-in centre for creatives to express themselves through their work.

It has been a very successful workshop and we have had a variety of excellent work developed over the six week period. It’s amazing how basic sewing methods and use of fabric can create so much diversity within design.

Fabric manipulation is about the manipulation of fabric to create textured and sculptured surfaces using fabrics and stitch to attain these effects. This can include smocking quilting folding gathering appliqué drawn thread work and embroidery.

We will be holding a new batch of workshops starting this week.

If you are interested in participating in any of these workshops will have ideas for other workshops that you might like to try please drop us a line and let us know via our Facebook pages either Dee Hudson textile artist or unravel unwind.

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All Work from Fabric Manipulation Workshop can be seen HERE

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Unravel Unwind

Unravel & Unwind

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Unravel & Unwind INTRA centre in Rochester high St is a community drop-in centre for creatives. Unravel & unwind was the brainchild of Faye Luminesence Lamb, she wanted to create a community drop-in centre for creatives that all people of all ages and all walks of life felt comfortable to be able to pop in and take up their favourite hobby or even to experiment with new techniques and methods available to them.

Very quickly word has spread across the Medway community and everybody is very excited about the potential of this creative community project. Already it has acquired quite a following of fans myself included. To start with unravel unwind developed localised crafting workshops situated in the local cafes and community centres these usually allow people to bring along crocheting knitting and patchwork get-together to share ideas. Once the funding was fully established unravel and unwind moved into the INTRA-building in Rochester high Street.

Workshops including knitting, crocheting, weaving, fabric manipulation, keepsake bears & now rabbits too, Deco patch, jewellery making, paper beads, Japanese patchwork, drawing, para cording, and basic sewing. This list of workshops is always being added to with new variety of creative ideas.

If you are interested in participating in any of these workshops will have ideas for other workshops that you might like to try please drop us a line and let us know via our Facebook pages either Dee Hudson textile artist or unravel & unwind.

You can find Unravel & Unwind Here

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Fabric Manipulation Workshop

Learn the basics of Manipulation of Fabric & textured sculptured surfaces to create 3 dimensional pictures.Using both hand and machine sewing to sculpt fabric into beautiful surfaces with the inspiration of nature.

Dee Hudson Textile Artist will take you through a series of 6 evening workshops, beginning with basic stitch techniques and fabric choices through to finding inspiration and images to develop into a 3 dimensional sculpted and textured fabric piece of art ready for your wall.

Here are some fine examples of Fabric Manipulation to give you some idea of the effects that can be made pinterest textilearts

Confirmed dates are on Thursday evenings – 19:00 & 21:30;
26 June
3 July
10 July
17 July
24 July
31 July

£8 per person, per week (payable on the night) plus a non-refundable deposit of £24.00 to confirm your booking.

INTRA is within walking distance of Rochester train station and Chatham bus station. Please note, our venue is a rather beautiful Art Deco building with some accessibility issues. If you have specific access or disability requirements and would like to participate in the event please let us know at least 5 days before the event date so that we can do our utmost to resolve any potential problems to accommodate. There are ample “pay and display” parking spaces along the high street as well as a short stay & long stay “pay and display” car park near the new Rochester Riverside development. Please be mindful of local business and residents when parking, Unravel & Unwind cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to vehicles.

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Women Entrepreneurs Best of Arts & Crafts

Women Entrepreneurs Best of Arts & Crafts


World War One was the main factor in the shift of labour towards women in 1914/1918, With the onset of the Arts & Crafts Movement women became the Entrepreneurs of that era. The textile industry was mainly based in the north of England. A typical rural setting of England, The cottage industries, based in the home, mainly women or disabled ex-war veterans fighting to survive.

Author: Tanya Harrod Title: The Crafts in Britain in the 20th Century Publisher/Publications: Yale University Date: 1999 Chapter/Article Heading: chapter 2 setting the scene, Textiles
Quote “The spectacular Neo – primitivism of inter- war hand weaving and printing contrasts sharply with the finest and complexity of the arts and craft equivalent. And the success of their interwar craft textile movement altered the gender balance in the craft world in favour of women as creative inventors.”

“ If women ruled the world of philanthropic textile enterprises, sometimes with a rod of iron, the most creative end of the hand spinning, dying, weaving, hand block printing and embroidery world was also dominated by women. Like the aristocratic philanthropists many too tended to rely on cheap labour — employing village girls as well as taking on paying gentle women as pupils. But the atmosphere of creativity in these workshops was a good deal more chaotic, improvisatory and joyful. Many of these creative women had trained as painters in London art schools in the first two decades of the century. In a male dominated Edwardian and Georgian art world few women sustained fall successful careers as painters or sculptures. The crafts offered the possibility of greater artistic equality and at broader definition of artistic practice. There were good male/female artistic partnerships (like Therese Lessore and her first husband Bernard Adeney. Eve and William Simons, or Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) as well as examples of partial obliteration of female talent, Nevertheless the women who achieved the most tended to move sideways from the fine arts into the crafts, many of them into textiles. These women were responsible for bringing together modernism and the crafts, thus transforming the identity of the arts and crafts movement.

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