An Introduction to Improv Patchwork

55 TUTOR: Christine Green

Patchwork is the original recycling activity, using scraps of fabricleft over from making clothes, as well as garments and domestic textiles that have reached the end of their useful life.Fat quarters and jelly rolls area modern invention! This style of improvised patchwork is very liberating, creative and mindful. It's inspired by thewonderful quilts of Gees Bend (also known as 'My Way Quilts') created by a small community in Alabama.

This is the perfect introduction to patchwork for anyone who has always fancied having a go but have felt a bit intimidated by all the jargon and technical stuff. This is a 'throw the rules out the window' approach and is very liberating!

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Course Notes

The course will start with an illustrated talk showing a selection of Gees Bend Quilts, followed by a display of Christine's improvised work. Students can choose what they would like to make: a bag, a cushion cover or maybe start a throw or quilt.

Students will learn how to create a unique design using a diverse selection of fabrics; how to cut fabric using a rotary cutter and quilting rule; how to stitch the pieces together successfully; how to make their panel into a useful item.

Students will need to bring a sewing machine - one they know how to use

Christine has been patch working since she was a child and is passionate about using preloved items in her work; shirts, skirts, dresses and curtains all appear in her quilts.

Course Tutor

Christine Green

Christine Green

About Christine

I am passionate about art and design across many disciplines and I enjoy sharing this passion with my students. I take a holistic approach to art and craft, often mixing and matching disciplines and styles. I trained as a graphic designer and worked for the BBC creating opening title sequences. I gained my PGCE at Goldsmiths and I now run numerous courses teaching various styles of patchworking and paper cutting. I also give inspirational talks and demonstrations. I take a relaxed approach to my crafts and encourage my students to do the same whilst developing their techniques and style, and providing them with individual support as they grow in confidence.

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