The Ighali Embroidery Festival here in South Africa is held every two years and I'll be teaching two workshops at this year's event. Hosted by the Port Elizabeth Embroiderers' Guild this time around, the week-long event takes place on 25-29 August at St Luke's Retreat Centre in Port Elizabeth. There are some great teachers lined up for the festival and PE is a rather nice place to visit if you don't already live there.
The first workshop I'll be teaching is Filler Stitches, a fun and modern approach to embroidery with roots in Jacobean embroidery. You'll learn a host of embroidery stitches as well as how to use them in innovative ways to fill in sections of a design in a fresh and innovative way. I'll be using two of my more popular sampler designs for this workshop, Heartfelt and Summer Rain. And once you've gotten the hang of filler stitches, I have loads more patterns available for you to embroider using the same techniques.
My second workshop is on contemporary hand embroidered appliqué. Experiment and get creative with appliqué in your embroidery projects - or embroidery in your quilting projects - using various embroidery stitches (rather than the usual blanket stitch) and your favourite fabrics. I'll be passing on some of the tips and tricks I've learnt over time experimenting with embroidered appliqué, using a design created especially for Ighali, Spring has Sprung.
The workshops are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced embroiderers, and you can attend both workshops as they take place on different days.
The workshops being taught at Ighali are open to any and all embroiderers, but bear in mind that places are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. There is some accommodation on offer at St Luke's, otherwise there are a number of B&Bs and hotels in the area if you're from out of town. To find out more or to book a place on any of the workshops on offer, go to the Embroidery Network South Africa website.
It promises to be a good week of embroidery and camaraderie. Hope to see you there!