Soft Drawing: a weekend of textiles with Michele Elliot 27 & 28 February 2021

Soft Drawing: a weekend of textiles with Michele Elliot 27 & 28 February 2021


Date:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 February 2021

Time:  10am - 3pm

Where: Kiama Scout Hall, 1 Blowhole Point Road, Kiama NSW 2533

Kiama, NSW


  • Course Information

    Working with thread and stitch to create a ‘soft’ drawing, this two-day workshop will focus on basic hand stitching and experimental embroidery techniques combined with simple design and compositional exercises.


    Using cloth instead of paper, we will test out patterns and shapes, textures and layers with different hand-stitch applications. We will experiment and combine these techniques and discover ways to use thread for mark making.


    Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Michele’s workshops have limited numbers, as she allows plenty of opportunity for individual attention and ongoing conversations over the two days.


    Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike. The workshop processes are open and experimental, with a focus on looseness and imperfections through the hand-made, rather than precision and refinement.


  • Materials List

    Journal or notebook and a pen



    A few materials for a quick and easy drawing exercise …

    • some non-precious paper for drawing/collage (cartridge, newsprint, recycled, brown paper, approx A3). Please don’t buy anything special as this is just for some loose planning, so any paper that you have at home, or things from your recycling, printed, plain, patterned, envelopes, magazines etc.
    • pencil 2B, blade or sharpener
    • glue-stick, masking tape.
    • scissors for cutting paper.



    • a length of cotton or linen (to use as background) around 1/2 metre is plenty. This can be plain or patterned, or you might combine both.
    • You may have something like fan old tablecloth or pillowcase.
    • silks, organza, tulle if you have any – sometimes good to have a transparent layer.
    • any odd scraps of fabric, plain, printed (natural fibres are best)
    • old cotton and silk clothing, old household linen (tablecloth, pillowcase, handkerchief etc)


    We will be stitching some fabrics in layers so keep in mind that thicker and tightly woven fabric is harder to sew. Lighter and thinner is good, so that we can build up the thickness eg: a voile with linen, and silk or layers of cotton.


    Raid your cupboards and fabric stash!


    Yarns: a good selection


    • cotton sewing thread for tacking and outlining
    • embroidery threads and cottons, stranded and/or perle (a range of colours)



    • needles (a few different sizes for embroidery)
    • scissors – sharp for cutting fabric; small for embroidery
    • embroidery hoop (optional)
    • dress-making pins
    • needles (a few different sizes, including large if you plan to use wool)
    • scissors – sharp for cutting fabric; small for embroidery; dress-making pins



    Michele will also have available some small bundles available to purchase comprising eco-dyed silk and cotton fragments - $5 each, payable to Michele on the day.