About the Course
Folk art often grew out of the home garden and the domestic. In this course you will have the opportunity to construct a small textile picture using traditional folk art motifs found on old appliqued quilts, such as flowers, foliage, birds, animals and hearts. I will show you where I get my inspiration from and how to do the traditional finger-turned appliqué to build up your design onto a piece of an old quilt. You will decorate the surface of your piece with traditional embroidery stitches. You don’t need to know stitches or be able to draw as handouts will help you!
At lunch time we can take advantage of the Hearth Café on site which serves delicious light lunches ,snacks and cakes. I usually open up my personal studio for a short while so you can see what I am currently working on.
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Mandy trained as a Surface Pattern and Textile Designer and teacher. She runs regular textile workshops at The Hearth and throughout the UK and makes work to sell and exhibit. Her work is made from old and worn fabrics, refashioning vintage textiles into new collages which are embellished with stitch and appliqué. She re-cycles and reuses very old and often disintegrating materials which have been passed on or discarded. She consciously relates to the thrift and ‘make- do and mend” culture of past times as well as folk art traditions and techniques which includes cutting up and unpicking utility patchworks and quilts made by women in domestic settings. Collages, large wall quilts and garments bring together precious fragments to form evocative compositions. The viewer is forced to re-examine fabrics that have become flawed through wear and tear, to find in them a new beauty.
Mandy Pattullo has written two books about her techniques, "Textile Collage" (2016) and "Textiles Transformed" ( 2020).