Open for Art: Frida Inspired Embroidery Workshop

This weekend I took part in a Frida Kahlo inspired embroidery workshop.  The workshop was part of a three-day festival of art in Reading called Open for Art which celebrates design, the arts and creativity.

Open for Art is an event organised by local charity Jelly who have recently received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, an MBE for volunteer groups.

Hosted at Nomad Bakery, Caversham, the workshop was led by Kate Powell, a designer-maker who is regularly involved in Jelly’s work.

We were provided with all the materials we needed and Kate gave us guidance on how to get started. The embroidery was a template, which made things a lot easier for my wayward embroidery skills (see the last pic of my attempt at freehand embroidery to see what I mean!). We had three hours to work on our pieces and scoff some lovely tapas.  I didn’t quite finish mine that evening, so carried on with it the next day, finishing up and adding a backing so I can hang it in my flat.

It was a really enjoyable workshop: for me, workshops are a great way to have some focussed creative time and to learn a new skill or rediscover an old one.  Previously, I have done cross stitch, but have never really done any embroidery. I was really pleased with my finished piece. What do you think?

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