Yesterday I met up with lovely sewers, crafters & bloggers to attend a workshop with Julie Arkell at Hope & Elvis. I love workshops like this, its great to meet up with like minded up people, all of us dotty about fabrics, sewing and Julie Arkell! I have loved Julie's work ever since I first laid eyes on her beautiful papier mache creatures, and was so inspired after her workshop, that I couldn't wait for her to come back to do another one!
Before we start have a little look around the studio..
As usual Louise had laid out all the lovely fabrics for us to use
Look at all these precious bits of special fabrics in the cute cot for us to rifle through x
There's lots to see around the studio. One of Louise's pieces by Julie Arkell
The right royal tea area! There were some delicious chocolate brownies and blondies to have with our tea!
A piece of Louise's hand embroidered art
A cup of coffee later and a quick look around the shop and then Julie arrived! We all waited excitedly to see her creations be unpacked carefully from her bags. One by one she got them out a made a display for us. Would you like to see? (Do click on the photos for a close up of her work).
Beautiful Ephemera Brooches
Fabric flower brooches with lovely long stems, (the steams are perfect to twirl around your fingers in a quiet moment Julie says!)
More gorgeous flower brooches
Flower bouquet brooches, some made of suffolk puffs
My favourite -Julie's creatures! Can you see Monsieur Lapin and his curly moustache?
I love these tic-toc brooches
More beautifully embroidered brooches
One of Julie's latest pieces, a daisy chain which could be worn as a necklace or hair accessory like a tiara, soooo beautiful!
Another of my favourites, Julie's What-not bracelets made of precious little things!
Julie showing us how to make a daisy for a daisy chain.
And finally her new"Make A Scene Brooches"
This was what she suggested we might like to make on the day. The idea is that you make several elements, like a tree, a toadstool, cloud, rabbit house, creature, flower or little lamb, and then choose several elements to make a scene to wear! We loved this idea, and thinking about what we would wear sparked a debate about numbers and how many pieces should be worn at once, 3, 5 and 7 seemed to be everyone's preference, 2 was a definite no!
I was so engrossed once we started sewing and chatting that I didn't take any pictures until the end. Here are the pieces that I made on the day:
A Rabbit House
Here it is picture of my Rabbit House with my JA creature brooch "kindness" that I bought on the day
and I also made a 1940's inspired wool brooch ( I still need to finish some of the embroidery around the edge).
Here are some of the beautiful pieces made by other people on the day..
I loved this creature and look at her gorgeous purple leather handbag and purple shoes!
This beautiful scene By Daisy Moon, (with her creature brooch by JA) can you see "Daisy made a tree" and "I am a summer cloud"!
I loved the fabrics that Anne from Angel Eden used for her cute butterfly and little woollen lamb!
Julie was taking a second workshop today and if you hop over to Hope & Elvis Facebook page I think Louise will definitely be posting more pics.
Julie currently has an exhibition at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool entitled "I've Dusted the Farmyard" and there are some super pictures on their Facebook page. The exhibition runs until 12th May and I would definitely love to go.
Just a little pic to end of my "treasures" that I've been assembling from my craft room, to make my own little what not inspired bracelet!