Souvenir Hankerchiefs with Jessie Chorley on Saturday 15th October 2022


Souvenir Hankerchiefs with Jessie Chorley

Saturday 15th October – 10 – 4pm – We are running this workshop from Great Doddington memorial Hall which is only a short walk away from our shop for more space during these uncertain times.

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Souvenir Hankerchiefs with Jessie Chorley

Saturday 15th October – 10 – 4pm – £75 – Jessie Chorley is a London-based textile artist, specialising in embroidery and paper crafts. Born in Kent in1980, she spent her childhood in North Wales, before moving to London to study for the BA in Fine Art Textile Practice at Goldsmiths College. While still a student, she chose to dedicate her life to making beautiful things by hand and, shortly after graduating, she set up her own business as a full-time designer and maker. Over time, she has also become an author, social artist and tutor, as well as running an independent shop/studio selling her work in East London from 2007 to 2021.
Jessie now delivers workshops internationally at venues that include the V&A Museum and The Foundling Museum, both in London, the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool and West Dean College, West Sussex.

This workshop will focus on my signature style of fine hand embroidery, combined with patching and appliqué techniques. We will explore several stitches, including couching, running, stem, seed and back stitch. Hand stitched text will also be included.
I will direct you both as a group and individually, as I encourage you, the maker, to go forth and create your own souvenir handkerchief in my signature style.
The workshop will start with a short talk by me, Jessie. I will also show you a selection of my original artwork to inspire you. There will be time for your questions at this stage.
The main focus of this workshop is to create a beautiful, one-off stitched memento. The kit you will be given at the start of the workshop will include a vintage handkerchief that has been silkscreen printed with an original illustration of mine, the cost of this kit is £15 payable to Jessie on the day.
I encourage you to enjoy this creative day without focusing too much on finishing your work.
I suggest thinking of this workshop as an explorative and peaceful, slow-stitching experience. Allow yourself to embrace and learn new techniques, while being inspired by my original artworks and materials that surround you. Bring your sketchbook and make notes to help you enjoy precious personal time completing your work after this event.

(Materials not included)


My dear students and fellow stitchers
Just to say a little hello from London in advance of our stitching time together at Poppy Patch during 2022.
My Contact Details:
Email: Tel: 07708921550
My Web Links:
Website: Instagram: @jessiechorley
Suggested Materials List:
You will be provided with a full, hand-crafted kit at the start of your masterclass experience, which includes the use of all my specialist embroidery threads. However, I will always encourage you, the maker, to create your own “story” as much as possible. To do this, I suggest that you bring along a selection of items from the list below. These can be incorporated into your work, making it more personal:
* Favourite sewing tools
* An assortment of your favourite embroidery threads
* An assortment of your favourite fabric scraps. Bring a variety of sizes, colours, shades and patterns
* Assorted scraps of paper and paper items, such as old postcards, letters, pages from old books and drawings – these paper items can be cut up and stitched directly into your work
* Other items of personal interest, such as old charms, buttons, vintage lace and ribbons, small keys etc, which again can be stitched into your work
* A favourite poem, quote or perhaps just a single word (for inspiration)
* Anything you are currently working on that you’d like to show me, including your sketchbooks. I’m happy to offer advice and hopefully inspire new creative ideas

Bear in mind that pre-loved fabrics and objects will trigger memories and personal narratives. For instance, a snippet from an old dress, a collar from a favourite shirt, or a patch from your mum’s worn curtains can all serve as precious materials with personal associations. So focus on selecting and bringing along items that will evoke a unique narrative for you.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any details about your masterclass, please email or call me directly, via the contact details above.
There may be a design of mine that you would like to work on during our time together. So if you would like to order any templates or kits, along with sewing needles or embroidery flosses from me, please enjoy choosing them from my online shop via and then send me your shopping list to this email address I will then send you an in- voice to pay. I will bring the items you have ordered to your workshop at Poppy Patch.
Please note that the techniques taught in my masterclasses and workshops are for personal use and inspiration only; they must not be used in commercial projects.
Finally, your masterclass will involve fine, detailed work, so don’t forget to bring your glasses if you need them.


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