Stitch Retreat with Claire Wellesley-Smith 12th , 13th & 14th June 2021- SOLD OUT

Slow Stitch Retreat with Claire Wellesley-Smith 12th , 13th & 14th June 2021 – full – email to be added to waitlist


I am Delighted to welcome Claire back to Hope & Elvis this Year,  this workshop is perfectly timed in light of the pandemic, there is no better time to explore you creativity and well being.


This three-day Stitch Retreat will explore a variety of ‘slow’ textile techniques using traditional skills as inspiration. Old quilt samples, Japanese Boro pieces and hand mended scraps are among the textile treasures from Claire’s collection and we will be exploring these and learning to read the textiles. We will use plain sewing, patchwork techniques and a palette of thread and fabric repurposed and naturally dyed and begin a stitch journal. There will be opportunities to explore the wellbeing benefits that can be gained from slow textile processes and a daily textile practice. This course will encourage a reflective way of working and will lead to a resonant, personal piece of work.


Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, researcher and writer based in West Yorkshire. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place. She is a highly experienced tutor who works on long-term community projects about wellbeing, arts and health, and heritage and she teaches internationally. Her book, Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art was published by Batsford in 2015 and has been reprinted 10 times, her second book will be published in 2021.


£285 – 3 day workshop includes all materials, refreshments and 2 course lunch each day.     10am-4pm


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