Drawings and paintings made by young children have a wonderful naivety about them that is almost impossible to create by the hand of an adult. Not having experienced the world for too many years , children see things through immature eyes – however this does not mean their renderings are not of any value – quite the opposite in fact especially to anyone related to the little cherub !
Often made on cheap paper, stuck on the fridge for a while and then eventually discarded (because another one quickly appears) these charming and unique pictures can become a treasure when you make them in a more permanent form. Copied and stitched on to fabric they will become a true replica and reminder of the child’s view of the world.
Circles that have corners, jagged jerky edges, colouring outside the line, things not to scale, all characteristics showing in a drawn image. Remember they are not perfect so you do not need to be perfect. Stay true to the drawing, see it and create it through a child’s eyes. Have fun.Here is what you need for the workshop. Work will be A4 size 11” x 9”approx. and you will probably complete several pieces.
· Children’s drawings or paintings.
· Calico / Egyptian cotton or plain fabric.
· Wadding & Backing.
· Threads – black or dark colour for outlining. Coloured and variegated threads.
· Bondaweb is useful. Transfer crayons if you have them. A4 mounts are great to finish your work but not essential at this point.
· Small tiny scraps of patterned fabrics ( although I will bring a bag full)
· You will need your machine with your darning foot as we will be doing free motion work.
· General sewing kit.