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  • Start: Saturday 30 June - 10:00
  • Auditorium: EW Dance Studio 2

Includes a tea or coffee and entry into Thread Festival
1pm – 4pm
Tutor: Nicky Barfoot

Learn how to transfer the essence of a portrait photograph onto fabric using simple hand embroidery stitches.  Be brave, get your full trout pout out, and bring along a Selfie to work from (or a portrait photo of a loved one or pet if you would rather). Have fun creating a picture of a picture of you and perhaps embellishing it a little. Green hair? No problem. Full red lips? Why not. You can make it as close to the original as you like or add a bit of creative license and go to town with a caricature.

During this three hour workshop Nicky will teach you how to simplify a photo by identifying the main features. She will then show you a simple method of transferring those features on to fabric using back stitch. Other simple embroidery stitches can then be added to the image to give it more interest if desired, and additional possibilities for embellishment will be discussed and examples given.

Suitable for everyone who can thread a needle and trace an outline.

All materials provided. Please bring a printed portrait photograph to work from, maximum size 18cm square, on white cartridge paper or photo paper, suitable to trace. Please also bring a pencil and a rubber, and scissors for snipping thread. 

Nicky Barfoot is an artist, designer and tutor based on the South Coast of England. Brought up in a creative household, knitting and stitching have always been her passions.

Nicky’s stitched work usually portrays her four legged muses, sometimes sleeping but often up to no good. She recently designed four current embroidery kits for DMC Creative featuring Doug the Pug and Sebastian the cat. Her work has been featured in a number of national magazines, and you may have seen her exhibiting her hand stitched animal doodles at the London and Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Shows.

Nicky has a Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles from Winchester University. Her accessible designs and patterns are created to delight makers of all levels through the use of simple techniques to maximum effect. Through her teaching, Nicky aims to share the enjoyment, relaxation and well-being associated with the process of making something, with love, slowly, by hand.