Online Workshops

Intuitive Textile Portraits

You Do You (hand stitch on hand painted reclaimed fabric)

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut with your textile work and lacking fresh inspiration? Or maybe you are used to following other people’s patterns and projects but would love to start creating your own art work? Or perhaps you are someone who likes to play with different media and are looking for a way to bring them all together? Then this workshop is for you.

Over four lessons, delivered weekly to your inbox (including access to an hour and a half of video demonstrations) I’ll guide you through:

  • Drawing a simple portrait from your imagination (no drawing skills or art credentials required),
  • Creating colourful and unique painted fabrics on repurposed textiles,
  • Putting the two together intuitively,
  • Using simple hand stitching to create a unique piece of textile art.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of stitcher. If you can hold a pencil/paintbrush and can do a back stitch then you can create fun and expressive textile portraits using this process.

Please note that this workshop isn’t a step by step class teaching you how to recreate a piece of my work in my style. Nor does it cover the technicalities of embroidery. Instead you are encouraged to work playfully and experimentally with the skills that you have to create imagery and art work that is unique to you.

For those on Facebook, there is also the bonus of a private group for the workshop where you can share your work in progress, ask me questions and be inspired by what other students are doing.

This brand new workshop is currently at a special introductory price of £30. If you would like to sign up please follow this secure payment link. If you have any questions please drop me an e mail at nicky@nickybarfoot.co.uk.

Stitched Selfie

“Eight of Ten” (hand stitch, reclaimed textiles and paint on linen)

This workshop honours the long-standing artistic tradition of self-portraiture within the modern-day context of the Selfie. Through a comprehensive pdf workbook and video demonstrations you will be guided through identifying and transferring the main features of a portrait photograph on to fabric using simple hand embroidery stitches and then adding paint, appliqué and anything else that takes your fancy.

Don’t be shy! Get your trout pout out and let your imagination lead you in creating a picture of a picture of you! Fancy green hair, go for it! Big pouty lips? no problem! A ridiculous hat? why not!

If this sounds like fun then get in touch. I’ve been running this workshop for textile groups throughout 2020 as a way to stay connected and stitching when group meetings have been put on hold. If you would like to know more please e mail me (nicky@nickybarfoot.co.uk).

Cast on and Get Knitting

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A free beginners guide to knitting in pdf format with access to video demonstrations.

Covering:

  • A brief history of knitting
  • Yarn and needles
  • Casting on
  • Knit and Purl
  • Casting off and finishing

Available at Lovecrafts.com here.

Your Introduction to the Double Knitting Technique

A 16 page pdf guide to knitting a two sided fabric with a simple motif worked from a knitting chart. The pdf is accompanied by access to four online video demonstrations.

Covering:

  • Yarn and equipment
  • Casting on
  • Working a double sided fabric in two colours
  • How to work a simple motif with the inverse on the other side, from a knitting chart
  • Casting off

This downloadable mini workshop is available from Lovecrafts.com. It can be found here.

Your First Sock using the Magic Loop

two hand knitted socks and a circular knitting needle

An 8 page pdf guide and over 60 minutes worth of instruction videos to introduce you to the wonderfully addictive world of sock knitting. Suitable for competent beginner knitters and those wishing to learn the magic loop method of working in the round, this workshop covers:

  • Long tail cast on.
  • Joining and working in the round using a long cable circular needle.
  • Working a reinforced heel tab.
  • Turning the heel.
  • Decreasing the gusset.
  • Shaping the toes.
  • Grafting (Kitchener stitch) and finishing.

The workshop can be found at Lovecrafts.com here.