• Preserving the Precious - Tutor Kathleen Murphy
    07/07/2018 - 08/07/2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price Qty
Preserving the Precious - Tutor Kathleen Murphy £120.00 (GBP)  

Booking Information: online payments are taken securely via PayPal – you do not need to have a Paypal account. If you prefer not to book and pay online, please call Linda or Rebecca on 01995 603363 or email linda@creativethreadworkshops.co.uk  to book your place.

About The Workshop…

Over the course of the weekend you will create a unique, handstitched textile piece which will house or incorporate those small, precious things we hang onto; shards of broken pottery, a shell, a scrap from a favourite dress, a handwritten note or a feather. We will look at a variety of methods (layering, wrapping, applique and embroidery techniques) to decoratively preserve your precious items in fabric and thread.

To personalise your piece you therefore need to bring a collection of small items you’d like to ‘preserve’. Additional found objects will be available for you to dip into.

The lovely project above was created in a previous workshop with Kathleen.
Skill level
suitable for those with some previous hand sewing experience.

About Kathleen

Herefordshire based maker Kathleen Murphy uses needle and thread to create mythologies and curiosities from found materials and stitch. Her work is identified by a strong sense of narrative and through its application of colour and texture. Under the name Murgatroyd & Bean, Kathleen creates colourful, boldly hand stitched curiosities based on her characters from an enchanted woodland, populated by dark-eyed creatures and over sized leaves.

About your weekend

Immerse yourself in the world of slow stitch and collectables with Kathleen. Explore a range of couching techniques to capture objects. Contemplate your holiday collections of shells, pebbles, postcards or photographs. Or that single earring, from your favourite pair which you couldn’t bear to throw away.  Buttons, buckles or beads you’ve collected over the years which may have belong to a loved one. Kathleen will show you a selection of embroidery stitch techniques, to incorporate these objects into cloth by wrapping to preserve, applique to anchor and layer.

What’s Included?

  • Kathleen will have a box of of additional found objects for you to dip into during the weekend.
  • Lovely tea and cake


Please Bring

  • A collection of found, precious objects, e.g. shards of broken pottery, shells, a scrap from a favourite dress, buttons, buckles, a handwritten note, photo, or a feather.
  • A selection of fabrics, these can be wool, cottons, synthetics, fabrics from projects you have discarded, pieces from clothing that might hold memories.
  • Needle case
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Embroidery threads
  • Pins
  • Notebook and pen
  • Lunch both days



68b Church Street, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 1YA, United Kingdom

Our Creative Thread Studio sits above our new shop, at 68b Church Street, we hope to be open July 2018