Family Textile Workshops

Wax resist papers made into lanterns

Wax resist papers made into lanterns

In July I held some of my favorite children’s workshops, the Family Textiles workshops, a format I established at mac, Birmingham. These are learning experiences during which the children experiment with textiles alongside thier parents, grandparents or guardians with the emphasis on working together as a fun sharing experience.

The first session saw us experimenting with wax as a resist and dyes, to explore pattern and mark making, creating decorative papers and summer lanterns. The exploration of pattern and mark making continued in the printing workshop where printing blocks were made. These were then used to combine how to choose colours, printing and repeat printing processes.

Sewing was the focus of the third session enabling the children and their adults to work together to create these wonderful owls and mice.  Using socks, felt and buttons everyone learnt how to understand and cut out a 2d pattern and then assemble them to make a 3d object. I love these, the middle one being a personal favorite, do you have one?

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Striped Sock Mice

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