Thread Therapy: Exploring Fabric Collage, Hand Quilting & Slow StitchBy Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
WhenAug 7th 2021 - Aug 7th, 2021
Saturday, August 7, 2021
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
IDEAL FOR: Teens and Adults
PRICE: $105/BRAHM members; $120/non members (not yet a member? join today and save!)
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
In this one-day workshop, we will explore the art of slow stitch and embroidery in the creation and making of a work of fabric collage. Elements of embroidery, hand quilting, and slow-stitch methods will be demonstrated and will culminate in each participant having the tools, materials, and process knowledge to craft a work of fabric collage and to continue this craft as a personal creative pursuit.
Mindfulness used as a therapeutic technique, is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. The operative words for all mindfulness techniques are time and focus, especially focus on the here and now. The act of stitching seems to offer more than simply a distraction and can have a positive effect on mood and stress levels.
Hand embroidery cannot be rushed. Time and focus are required to carefully pull the sharp needle through the fabric. The process of making tiny stitches asks for careful focus. As one becomes more adept and accomplished with needlework and a variety of more accomplished stitches, access to an almost trance-like state is possible. This calm state can be accessed with embroidery and other repetitive motion fiber art modalities. These include weaving, knitting, quilting, crochet, and needlepoint. Mastery of two to three embroidery stitches is recommended in the beginning so “flow” may be achieved—that state of mind that embraces unconscious competence—and a sense of time is ignored or forgotten as the rhythmic stitching process is the only focus.
PLEASE NOTE: Limited seating available. An 80% refund will be issued if the participant cancels three weeks prior to the event. For cancellations made less than three weeks prior to the event, BRAHM will issue a refund IF the museum is able to fill the vacated spot.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Elizabeth Garlington originally from Atlanta, Georgia, attending The University of Georgia (B.S.Ed., 1982), Georgia State University (M.Ed., 1985), Vanderbilt University (M.Div., 2004), and Appalachian State University (Post Graduate Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, 2016). She lives atop of a very high mountain in Waynesville, NC in a very soulful abode with her studio just an arm’s length away from the kitchen.
“I was born with crayons in my cradle and probably inherited a creative gene from my mother and grandmothers. I am an academically trained Visual Artist, Educator, and Clinician. I believe my formal learning experiences in the visual arts, expressive arts therapies, education, and psychology coupled with my love of fabric, collage, and textural surfaces led me to the craft of the narrative art quilt and fabric collage using hand, slow-stitch, and sewing machine techniques. I was awarded the North Carolina Emerging Artist Grant by the North Carolina Arts Council and was juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 2008.”
This workshop has limited tickets to ensure social distancing. Everyone will have their own table to work at, with plenty of space in between. People who share the same house may work at the same table. Masks are required.
159 Ginny Stevens Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, USA