Oxford Summer School

Mindful Recycling

Friday 12th August for 2 days — Cost: £104

Tutor: Christine Green

This course has limited places

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Patchwork is the original recycling sewing activity, using small scraps left over from making clothes or remnants from clothing that has reached the end of it’s useful life. Fat quarters and jelly rolls are a modern invention!

This style of improvised patchwork is very liberating, creative and mindful. It’s inspired by the wonderful quilts of Gees Bend.

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

There will be lots of samples to inspire the students and they can decide what they might like to make - cushion cover, bag, throw. They 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.

Please bring with you

  • A sewing machine
  • A rotary cutter 45mm, approx £10 on Amazon recommend Olfa or Fiskers - Quilting rule 6 x 24 inches £15 approx
  • A2 cutting mat
  • A selection of preloved 100% cotton fabrics, scraps are perfect. A good mix of patterns - something with a small design, something with a big design, and something formal such as stripes or checks. Any other fabric you may have
  • For a bag you will need enough fabric for a lining, for a throw or cushion enough fabric for a backing
  • Thread for machine stitching
  • Thread for hand stitching - embroidery, sashimi, cotton perle - you might want to hand embellish your work
  • Box of pins
  • Needle for hand stitching

Materials Costs to Students

I will bring some fabrics which students can buy for a nominal amount.