Jessie Chorley is an East London based designer, maker, tutor, author and shop owner specializing in hand Embroidery Collage and Applique. At the heart of her work is hand stitching, and traditional embroidery combined with needle turned appliqué techniques. She combines her passion for collecting ware possible into her embroidered stories and small detailed patchworks.“I use my needle and thread to both secure items in place as well as for creating line and detail. My needle and thread are my drawing tools that allow me to create my scenes and stories directly in and on to my chosen fabrics and papers. I use various embroidery flosses combined with favourite vintage threads to illustrate my chosen imagery and words directly on to and in to my selected and usually pre-used fabrics, papers and found objects”.
Today’s workshop will be a general embroidery and appliqué day, covering all of Jessie’s techniques, creating your own story using her style of appliqué and embroidery. Stitched text and lettering will also be covered. You can purchase a kit from Jessie at an additional cost of £10. They would include hand cut fabric appliqué shapes. A linen backing fabric and some assorted fabric scraps plus she will bring all my own embroidery flosses and other embroidery threads for all participants to use during the workshop. Jessie will also bring two large sampler books that hold all her embroidery samples plus some other stitched works to inspire you.
(Materials not included)
Requirements list for participants to Jessie Chorley workshop:
Please bring with you, favourite fabric scraps that you may like to incorporate, these can be small scraps in soft whites or various colours and patterns. Odd bits of ribbon and lace. Your favourite embroidery threads that you may like to use (do not forget Sam and Mary sell lots of beautiful embroidery threads) and your own sewing tools. Please be sure to have your own pair of sharp scissors (Poppy Patch sells Karen Kay Buckley scissors)! Odd charms, buttons and other personal ephemera are also good to bring as they may become stitched into your story during this workshop with Jessie.