Embroidery for Wellbeing

From Home!

We've moved our popular workshop, usually hosted at The Create Place in Bethnal Green online. 

 

These weekly classes will certainly offer some creative support and needed distraction as we adjust to this new chapter of humankind. Let's stay creative through all this, nurture our imagination towards hope and positivity despite its trickiness.

We've created an easy form through which you can book your ticket.

Each month we'll be focusing on a different slow project.

Whether you come at the beginning and attend all three classes, or can only make one, this workshop will benefit you in equal measure.

You're welcome to continue your project at home too, or to pick it up from where you left it the last time you attended. We hope that these slow projects can help you develop a healthy creative practice to support your wellbeing and skills.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Each month we work on a different project. You can  virtually attend all three workshops or just one, depending on your needs and desires.

  • We'll be using Zoom as an online platform. Please make sure you download the app on your phone, laptop or tablet. The larger the screen, the better.

  • You'll receive an email 1 hour before the workshop with a link, a presentation to download and sometimes video materials via Wetransfer. 

  • The option of receiving a complimentary kit may be available for those of you who might not have any materials at hand or at home. Please detail this clearly in the comments section of the form, along with your postal address.

  • You can buy a single ticket up to Wednesday morning, however it's a first come and first served system. Workshop places are limited.

  • You have to fill in this form for every individual date you are interested in. I'm working to improve this.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 YOU MUST BOOK YOUR TICKET AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE TO BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE COMPLIMENTARY KIT (if the option exists for your workshop).

GENERAL LIST OF MATERIALS NEEDED:

A good light!

Scraps of fabric of various size, texture and colour enough to cover one side of your coaster (the other side is plain felt).

 

1 A4 Felt sheet

Coaster pattern size: 10x10 cm 

(to be cut on paper first)

pins

Small sharp scissors

Fabric scissors

Embroidery needles of different sizes

Utility needles

Utility thread (normal sewing thread)

Cotton divisible embroidery threads

Pencil

Rubber

Ruler

Cutting mat (not fundamental)

MATERIALS:

WHITE OR LIGHT COLOURED COTTON FABRIC

EMBROIDERY HOOP, EMBROIDERY THREADS,

EMBROIDERY NEEDLES

SHARP SCISSORS

A WASHABLE MARKER

Please read carefully the 'general list of materials' above.

No kits available for this workshop, but feel free to get in touch if having trouble to find materials.

JUNE 2020: FLOWER POWER

Dates: 3/6, 10/6, 17/6, 

Time: 6pm- 9pm

via Zoom

£10 for a single ticket

£28 for the bundle

This workshop is for beginners and anyone who'd like to spend three weeks exploring different stitches for floral compositions and styles.

 

Flowers have been associated with embroidery for centuries, but what kind of flowers are we thinking of here?

In this workshop we'll explore some traditional gems great for beginners and slightly more unconventional and creative approaches too with plenty of tips to make your embroidery as enjoyable and relaxing as it can be with your wellbeing in mind.

 

Through live small embroidery exercises and in-class experiments, you will be encouraged to develop your own practice and discover the right pace and approach for you.

 

Moody Bright Designs has sustainability, textile recycling and and community wellbeing at its heart: we highly recommend you source your fabrics responsibly and, ideally, for this workshop in particular, we'd like you to use or re-use cotton from a shirt or old bedsheets.

WEEK 1: English garden

WEEK 2: Folk Flowers

WEEK 3: Fantastic Flowers  + 

Creative Explorations

*You can attend from any part of the world as long as you follow London UK time.  Kits for sale  for UK based people (majorly sorry, it's special times).Must be ordered 7 days before the workshop you have booked.

Reviews

Sheila, T-Shirt embellishment Bundle

I loved Milou's workshop. I found her enthusiasm really inspiring and look forward to attending more in the future. Meanwhile I’m endeavouring to put her teaching into practice.

Rachel, T-Shirt embellishment Bundle

The Embroidery for Wellbeing workshops have done so much to keep me creative during this lockdown!

Veronica, Coaster Making Series

Last Wednesday I decided to enrol on @moodybrightdesigns fantastic digital embroidery class, which was mindful and a joy to participate in (very similar to visual research classes at art schoo).

PAST WORKSHOPS

MAY 2020: T-SHIRTS EMBELLISHMENTS

Dates: 7/5, 14/5, 21/5Time: 6pm- 9pm

via Zoom

£10 for a single ticket

£28 for the bundle

This workshop is for absolute beginners and people with no experience in embroidering on jersey.

 

Jersey is a tricky fabric that requires a bit of extra thinking. Not all stitches will work and each one of you might have a different natural approach to the material, very similar to how each one of us has a different hand-writing: some of you might be heavy handed, some of you might be more comfortable with small detailed work, some of you might just want to give it a try to see how it feels and will be less precious from the start. These are just three examples, but there’s more, and none of them are wrong.

 

This workshop will allow you to explore the project following a variety of small embroidery exercises and experiments that will help you decide and know how to choose the embroidery you like for you sustainable upcycled wardrobe, because we really believe in the fact that your most sustainable item is the one you already own.

MATERIALS:

YOU'LL NEED YOUR OWN T-SHIRTS, EMBROIDERY THREADS, EMBROIDERY NEEDLES AND SHARP SCISSORS.

A WASHABLE MARKER NEEDED TOO, FROM WEEK 2.

WEEK 1: Sleeves and lines

WEEK 2:Body and design

WEEK 3: Creative Explorations

SOLD OUT

*You can attend from any part of the world as long as you follow London UK time.  Kits for sale  for UK based people (majorly sorry, it's special times).Must be ordered 7 days before the workshop you have booked.

APRIL: Coaster making

Dates: 1/4, 8/4, 15/4

Time: 6pm- 9pm

via Zoom

£8 for a single ticket.

 

£18 with complimentary kit.

Read below for more details

Learn to use textile collage techniques borrowed from appliqué designs, Japanese and Indian embroidery, abstract painting and quilting traditions.

In this workshop you'll be using small scraps of fabric, ideally: leftover from previous projects, or small cut outs from your fabric stash. I'd like to stress the ethos behind this project, which is all about recycling and finding beauty and value in those pieces we usually throw away. It's the challenge and the fun of this workshop.

We'll talk about the importance of composition and balance when creating a collage, but also, the many different approaches that exist when it comes to assembling. Please bring your intuition!

Complimentary

Kits

order for: 8/4, 15/4

£10

free postage to Uk

Image shows an example of a kit content.

We've put together these kits so that you can attend this online workshop even if you're a complete beginner and have no scraps.

Each kit contains a carefully selected amount of fabrics  chosen for their contrasting qualities, textures or pattern, and threads (embroidery and utility) for your to develop two coasters. Also included: felt, four pins, two needles. Scissors are not included.

The irregular shape of some of the scraps has been kept intentionally. We'll talk more about this during the workshop.

Please read carefully the instructions above when filling the form.

We'll try and make sure you get colours you like, but sometimes this might not be possible. 

 

We have four kits available right now:

- Peachy & Gold

- Urban Fun

- Red and Blue Joy

- Bright and Bold Summer

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