Slow-Stitching with Lisa Mattock / Saturday, April 13th / 10-4pm
Join us for a day of slow-stitching with Lisa Mattock from Forage! Lisa will be visiting from New South Wales, Australia for this special day of learning how to stitch an heirloom cloth including antique and new fabric scraps.
The Art of Slow Stitching Slow stitching is anchored in the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear. It is a nod to generations who came before, when reusing and recycling were both necessary and admirable. It is not a complicated process relying on fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness, but rather, an embrace of the timeworn nature of our materials, and the individuality of our stitching methods. Simplicity and care are the keys. Inspiration from the simple arts of sashiko, boro and kantha
At slow stitching workshops, we draw inspiration from the Japanese stitching method of boro, as well as kantha which originated in Bangladesh. We take a mixture of repurposed, recycled, inherited, and vintage textiles to create the background for beautiful artworks.
While there are no hard and fast rules stifling creativity, students are encouraged to stitch their background using simple stab stitch to connect pieces of upcycled cloth. A stitched silhouette and other embellishments can then be added to create a unique and beautiful result.
Lisa Mattock is about seeking out reclaimed and vintage textile treasures and upcycling them into beautiful pieces that speak to the soul of the stitcher. At Forage, we are devotees of the art of slow stitching. We embrace the idea of slowing down, and recognise the practical beauty of reclaiming, reusing and repurposing; enjoying the moment among friends and sharing the delight that breathing new life into old finds can bring.
Foragers are passionate collectors of beautiful threads, embroidery, appliques, textiles, buttons and trims. They love nothing more than to hunt at flea markets, charity stores and church fetes for the cloth treasures and embellishments they will add to their stash of “just because” pieces, and when the moment is right, take great pride in repurposing them into something beautiful.
Coffee/tea, lunch and apertifs served.