Landscape Surfaces

3-Daagse workshop met Julia Wright (UK)

Students will experiment with a range of textiles materials and techniques including wrapping and binding, couching, entrapment and embroidery to create colourful, textural, mixed media pieces inspired by close-up details seen in landscapes and coastal areas.

Inspiration will come from repeated organic forms seen in growth patterns, weathered and worn surfaces and structures like driftwood, knotted tree roots, lichen and barnacles.

Vibrant greens, rich rusts, browns, stone greys or neutral palettes can be chosen to create structural fabric and yarn wraps. You will explore ways to embed layers of dyed fabrics and fibres with raised rows of bound threads, clusters of textural stitch and metal elements to add structure, detail and focal points.

Students may choose to bring their own fabrics and threads in their chosen colour palette but resource packs of pre-dyed mixed fabrics and fibres as well as a range of handmade metal embellishments will be available to buy at the event. Recycling and re-purposing found materials is encouraged. 

Contents to choose from:
Techniques we will explore will include textural stem wraps, long wraps, knotted and banded wraps, a range of ‘stuffed blobs’ and couching onto and under layered fabric.

Students can choose to –

make a range of different types of wrap
make one style
make multiples of the same kind
combine them
Sew them into different sculptural forms
Sew them onto fabric using couching techniques
Embroider into the surface of the wraps and fabrics with seed stitch, blanket stitch and french knots to add more texture
Add metal elements, recycled plastic shapes or handmade sequins and beads
Make wearable wraps- plain or knotted ones can be made into bracelets or necklaces, coiled wraps can be sewn together to make brooches
Explore a chunkier, larger scale using thicker strips of fabrics, rope
Use the wraps to create functional pieces- place mats, coiled bowls, rugs


Suggested Materials to bring

All participants will need sewing threads to suit their chosen colour palette, hand sewing needles (including an embroidery needle) and scissors. (these are not available to borrow or buy)

The wrapping and binding techniques we’ll be working with can be made from absolutely anything. Ideally we’ll work with scraps of fabric, leftover yarns, threads and found materials. These can include

  • String/twine/yarns
  • Embroidery threads
  • distressed/worn/torn fabrics
  • wadding and/or polystyrene balls
  • shredded fabric strips, (cut up old clothes, bedsheets, tea towels)
  • off-cuts of threads, yarns, tangled left-overs
  • wire
  • muslin/scrim
  • loosely woven linen


*) Julia will bring resource packs of pre-dyed mixed fabrics and fibres as well as a range of handmade metal embellishments which students can buy (cash payment to Julia)