Slow Stitching Christmas Workshop

Embrace the art of slow stitching and learn how to upcycle your wardrobe

5 hours Class size 1 to 12 label $165 or 4 payments of $41.25 Afterpay

Let Lisa Mattock take you on a journey of slow stitching in this relaxing Sydney workshop! Take the time to slow down and make something new from old, in Lisa's only Inner West class.

At the Forage slow-stitching Christmas workshop, we will be making a selection of tree or display decorations, as seen in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Bring the joy of handmade to your home this Christmas with these beautiful ‘slow stitched’ Christmas decorations.

You have the option to create a selection of small hanging decorations including a dove, a pear, Christmas baubles and a cute stocking motif; using a simple running stitch and a variety of fabrics and trims.

You can hang these from your tree, or make a garland to decorate the home. You could also use them as unique gift tags and present toppers, or to dress the place settings on your Christmas table. You can make them even more individual by adding some of your own fabric to mix and match with the lovingly foraged reclaimed fabrics included in your workshop starter pack.

Or you might like to try your hand at a gorgeous little Christmas Cottage, as part of your seasonally themed decor. Create one or two, or get truly adventurous and make a whole village!

A 'starter kit’ is included, but you will need to bring some toy/cushion fill to pad out your decorations.

No previous stitching experience is necessary but is of course welcome!

Class structure:

We like to keep classes small and intimate so Lisa has a chance to give time and attention to each student. They are mostly held as a full-day session, with a 20-minute refreshment/morning tea break and a 40-minute lunch break included.

COVID Safety:

We will be learning in a large space with enough room for physical distancing. We will also have individually wrapped lunches and snacks, along with disposable cups and cutlery. We ask that if you have any cold and flu-like symptoms in the 14-days leading up to the workshop, that you let us know and we will work out a plan. Likewise, if Lisa or other members of the team have any cold or flu-like symptoms, you will be notified.

The notion of “slow stitching”

Slow stitching centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear.

It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable. This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness. Rather, we embrace the timeworn nature of our materials and the individuality of our stitching methods. Simplicity is key.

Stitching methods… simple and repetitive

We will draw inspiration from the Japanese stitching methods of boro and sashiko as we take a mixture of repurposed, recycled, inherited, and vintage textiles to create the background for our artworks.

Students will stitch their background using simple stab stitch to connect their pieces of upcycled cloth. A stitched silhouette can then be added as a finishing embellishment to the stitched cloth background.

Sashiko (刺し子, literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative of reinforcement stitching. Traditionally this running stitch is used to reinforce points of wear or to repair tears with patches.

Boro is the art of mending rags or scraps of cloth. The term boro is also used to describe clothes and household items which have been patched-up and repaired many times.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

Knowledge Required
No previous stitching skills required.
What you'll get
- A nurturing and relaxed space with only up to eight students.
- Lisa will supply the necessary materials for you to get started, including relevant class notes, templates and patterns, plus a ‘goodie’ bag which includes a selection of reclaimed textiles, threads and embellishments.
- Morning tea and continuous tea and coffee are supplied (please let us know of any dietary requirements at checkout).
What to bring
- A willingness to learn and explore!
- Some basics such as scissors and some pins.
- You may also wish to bring any threads, vintage textiles and/or embellishments you have in your stash that you think might be useful.
- Your lunch (microwave and fridge available).

St Lukes Church Hall - 21 Shepherd Street, Marrickville NSW

Your teacher
Lisa Mattock

Lisa Mattock

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Lisa first found a love for fabrics and textiles in high school, where her unique creations made from strips of fabric which were knitted, woven and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins led to her being invited to exhibit in ‘ArtExpress’.

Lisa then gathered expertise as a textile artist, florist, food stylist, and visual merchandiser, leading her to run an upmarket florist and homewares store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for many years.

These experiences and her long-standing passion for vintage fabrics and embroidery made Forage by Lisa Mattock a natural step. Forage allows Lisa to discover and collect reclaimed fabrics and embellishments and share her passion for creating intricately layered textile artworks.

Your host
UsefulBox Sewing Lessons
UsefulBox Sewing Lessons

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Hello there, I’m Caz and I’m here to help beginner, and even seasoned sewers, gain confidence and hone new skills to tackle any sewing project. Here, and in my lessons, I aim to give you the confidence to take on new sewing challenges and to help you gain new skills. I want to demystify sewing terms, techniques and skills for you so that you can enjoy sewing as much as I do.

Happy sewing! Caz xx


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Verified reviews

Zaiga Mengelsons • Aug 2020

$175 is a high price to pay for ONE needle, use of thread, a packet of pins (when I already had my own), a ball of pearl thread to take home, use of plastic templates and a selection of cotton fabric pieces to actually use during the workshop. Lunch and teas provided in the price were on-par to Subway + cookies. Great coffee! Interesting and experienced tutor, attentive to everyone's questions, made great design suggestions, helped EVERY participant, showed interest IN EVERYONE'S efforts and good demonstration of sewing techniques. FABULOUS tutor, Lisa. Amazing examples of seriously brilliant designs and ideas which participants were encouraged to photograph as reference material. A delightful Saturday. I wanted to support individual business operators, that's the only reason I paid the fee for the workshop. There's no way I would have otherwise.
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