Talks and Workshops

Below is a list of my current talks & workshops which are updated annually to keep them current. I am based in Great Grimsby, N E Lincolnshire but am happy to travel.

Please contact me for costs.

TALKS 

A digital presentation usually one hour in length + Q&A at end

Woman with a Fish
This talk is an introduction to myself and my work and includes
How I eventually became a Textile artist
Where I find my inspiration
A look at my recent work

Inspiration for Stitch
A more in depth look at my inspiration which includes
A short introduction to myself and my work
The visual artists who inform my work
The family album
My travels
How I combine my ideas
A look at my most recent work

Every Picture Tells a Story (New for 2018) which will include
A short introduction to myself and my work (ideas and techniques used)
How I combine images to convey ideas, thoughts and memories
An in depth look at some individual pieces and the stories behind them

CURRENT WORKSHOPS 

NB: If required I can tailor a workshop to meet your needs.

Appliqué & Hand Stitch Portraits – An Introduction to portraits – 1 or 2 day workshop

Every Picture tells a Story – hand stitch or hand / machine stitch – 2 to 5 Day Workshop

A Cast of Characters – An Introduction to Working Figuratively – 1 to 5 day workshop – hand and/or machine stitch (participants to provide own machines)

Exploring Texture and Pattern in Hand Stitch 1 or 2 day workshop – hand stitch

Developing Stitch Books – 1 to 5 day workshop – can be hand and/or machine stitch

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Workshop Sleaford 2017

DETAILS OF WORKSHOP CONTENT

Every Picture Tells a Story – New for 2018 – 2 to 5 day workshop

This workshop will focus on looking at the different ways of working figuratively from the from the substantial and serious to the light-hearted and whimsical. During the workshop you will have the option to create some characters, add text and narrative elements, or make experimental machine stitch studies, or start a piece of work using your own drawings or photographs as inspiration. The aim of the workshop is to encourage exploration and experimentation with different ways to tell your own story using images and anecdotes to convey ideas, thoughts and memories.
By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work further or will have a piece of work started to work on at home.
This can be a hand stitch or a hand and machine stitch workshop and is suitable for all abilities.

Appliqué & Hand Stitch Portraits – An Introduction to portraits – 1 or 2 day workshop

The aim of the workshop is to gain the confidence to work figuratively and have fun doing it. NB: There are 2 options for this workshop

Option 1 Participants will learn how to create a portrait from their imagination using simple hand and appliqué. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work and will have a piece of work started to develop further at home. This option includes a simple drawing exercise at the beginning to create the characters.

Option 2 Participants will learn how to create a portrait from either from their own drawings or from a photograph using simple hand and appliqué. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work further and a piece of work started to develop at home. This option requires the participants to bring either their own drawing or to bring a selection of photographs that have been enlarged (Please bring original photo as well)

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Sue Stone handling samples

A Cast of Characters – An Introduction to Working Figuratively

1 to 5 day workshop – hand and/or machine stitch (participants to provide own machines)
The aim of the workshop is to gain the confidence to work figuratively and have fun doing it.
NB: There are 2 options for this workshop
Option 1
Participants will learn how to create a portrait from their imagination using simple hand and/or free machine embroidery and/or appliqué. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work and will have a piece of work started to develop further at home. This option includes a simple drawing exercise at the beginning to create the characters.
Option 2
Participants will learn how to create a portrait from either from their own drawings or from a photograph using simple hand and/or free machine embroidery and/or appliqué. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work further and a piece of work started to develop at home.
This option requires the participants to bring either their own drawing  or to bring a selection of  photographs that has been enlarged (Please bring original photo as well)

images below from a selection of figurative workshops

Comments from Figurative workshops

 A Cast of Characters at Needle Thread Workshop November 2014

“Thank you so much Sue for giving us such an inspirational workshop, we all learnt such a lot and it was so much fun!”

Lutterworth EG Workshop • Feb 2016

“Wonderful Day. Workshop was great and inspirational. Itching to get home to carry on! ”

“A really enjoyable workshop. Certainly made one think. Thank you Sue. Great to see & touch your super work”

TX workshop 16/04/16  

“Amazing and inspirational! Learned loads of new techniques. Thank you.”

“Fantastic day. Thankyou. You were very generous in sharing your skills. I learnt loads and have come away with lots of ideas.”

“Thanks for the inspirational workshop, techniques I shall experiment with”

“Brilliant day. Thank you for your encouragement and for passing on your fantastic skills”

Texture & Pattern & Developing Stitch Books

Exploring Texture and Pattern in Hand Stitch One Day workshop – hand stitch Experiment with some of Sue Stone’s favourite hand stitch techniques to create texture and pattern that can be used for both figurative and non-figurative work. Techniques covered include: needle-weaving, ‘mock’ herringbone, couching, colour mixing in the needle to create depth and using contrasting weights & types of thread to create texture. Sue will provide a handling collection of samples of her own work for you to use as reference. At the end of this workshop participants will have a number of samples which can be kept and used for reference for future work.

Developing Stitch Books – 1 to 5 day workshop – can be hand and/or machine stitch

Participants will experiment with techniques to create texture and pattern samples that can be used for both figurative and non-figurative work. Mixing colours to create depth and using contrasting weights & types of thread to create texture. Learn how to assemble the samples into a stitched “sketch book” At the end of this workshop participants will have a number of samples which can be kept and used for reference for future work.

Comments from ‘Exploring Pattern and Texture’ Workshop – Louth Textile Group – March 2015

“Excellent day – very informative – produced some lovely stitch effects – thank you” Jan Dowson.

“Have enjoyed hearing about your inspiration and all the information relating to stitches in your work. A lovely day, thank you so much” – Pat Cave.

“A wonderful Day, thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of trying out your stitches!” Sarah Maloney

Comments from Developing Stitch Books – NE Region EG Summer School, Wooler – August 2015

“Interesting and worthwhile workshop – encouragement to think ‘outside the box’ whilst using quite simple but so distinctively Sue Stone techniques, very inspiring. Thank you for your thoughts & comments , and enthusiastic willingness to pass on techniques.” Cheryl Penna.

“ Great techniques, super samples & wonderful tuition. Thank you.” – Kate Allport.

“Brilliant workshop. I have never completed so much & it was great to explore & practice techniques, great samples to motivate & aspire to. Thank you” – Jane

Comments from Texture & Pattern weekend – Stitch Retreats, Stoke Rochford Hall

“Lovely to meet one of my favourite textile artists and to learn techniques to use in my own work (I already have an idea for a piece) “Clare Wilkins.

“Very inspiring stitching – just what I needed. Lovely to see and handle the work & samples.” Marian Hall.

“Thank you for a lovely weekend. Lots of ideas to play with later.” Avril O’Brien.

“Lots of interesting ideas to work on when I get home. Thank you.” Bunty Emery.