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Berry Weekend Workshop Fabric design and Sewing

Posted on October 05, 2013 by Saffron Craig | 4 comments

As a teacher every workshop turns into something special for me. Last weekend I had a  group of very talented people who were open to inspiration. 

Below are a few of the design stories of those who came along. 

 

Tracy's House quilt

When I asked Tracy what her expectations were for the 2 day workshop she replied "make a softie."

Tracy had asked her daughter to do a drawing for her in the morning an hour before the workshop started. When we looked at the drawing I got very excited. We chose a few elements from the drawing to turn into a fabric design. Tracy cut three screens on Saturday. Creating two versions of the house, capturing the sketchy feel of the house and then a more solid version. The colours were her daughters favourite—violet and hot pink on natural linen. 

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry Patchwork shop 2013

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

On Sunday I encouraged Tracy to cut into her beautiful fabric, which is always a challenge. Together we turned it into a king single quilt. Tracy cut and sewed all day, making decisions for fabrics to combine with her prints. Lucky for us Liz's Berry Patchwork shop is full of tempting fabrics.

After this effort sewing a softie will be a breeze. I have a feeling this quilt will become a family treasure. 

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

Jo's first hand-printed top

Jo picked a design from her sketchbook that's brimming with ideas. They translated so well into paper cuts and were great to print. The fabric was cut into a large tote later that evening. 

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

From the second design we made a top—a first for her! We all loved the colours and shape and the binding gives it a modern feeling. 

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

Kathy's new outfit

Kathy's pattern was screen printed in two colours, a lovely lavender and charcoal, and then hand painted over the top creating a fun design.

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

On Sunday her beautiful fabric became a one of a kind top with a matching clutch.

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

Liz's Christmas Fabric

Liz was thinking ahead and printed  three variations of Christmas trees in red and charcoal. On the Sunday Liz turned it into a table runner for her Christmas table. I can just see some tea lights and holly decorations.

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

 

Inspired Sally

Sally was open to free her creativity on both days. She came along with no idea of what she would design or make. And this is the kind of challenge I thrive on.

By the end of Saturday she had printed three meters of fabric and by Sunday had all but finished the top of a quilt, with a big smile on her face for the entire two days. Sally was still sewing when I was driving up the highway. And her thank you note the next day really touched me.

Saffron Craig 2 day Workshop fabric design and Sewing in Berry 2013

 

Thanks to Liz who hosted this event. We all had a ball. I was thrilled with the creations. 

 

If you'd like to join one of my inspiring workshops you can book a spot over here.

 

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  • Katherine

    These pieces are all truly inspirational! Such lovely work and great ideas.

  • Saffron

    Thanks Meredithe

  • Trish

    These look amazing. I can’t wait to come to your next workshop.

  • Meredithe

    What a wonderful workshop! Such fabulous fabrics designed and gorgeous creations made. Well done to all the participants!!

 

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