Thursday October 11th

Hooked and stitched portrait brooches: Class in Hudson House with Jill Denton

Jill says: I have been stitching and making things since I was old enough to hold a needle.   Mostly self-taught, I finally gained a degree in Fashion & Textiles from Plymouth University in 1999 and since then have been working as a professional textile artist, tutor and lecturer.  In the last 10 years rughooking has  become an important part of my textile practice.  In my work I make felt, stitch, hook, and work in mixed media but, apart from the wool fibres which have to be bought new for felting, most of the other materials I use are recycled, found or reused, many coming from the stash I have been collecting and adding to over the last 40 years. I have little interest in buying new fabrics or materials, but it gives me intense pleasure to create something beautiful from things that have been discarded or are no longer wanted, so rugmaking is, for me, the perfect medium.
2018 will be the first TIGHR conference I have attended and I am very much looking forward to both teaching and meeting many other handhooking rugmakers.   

All you need to bring to the workshop is a fine hook and a pair of small sharp scissors as all material will be provided. Using scraps of vintage or embroidered fabrics, embroidery thread/floss and crewel wool you will create our own delightful portrait brooch measuring about 2.5” x 3”. You will hook the hair and stitch the rest of the brooch using simple stitches. With a pin attached to the back, each brooch is unique and can be personalised.
The kit and materials cost £5