• Art Quilt with Paper, Fabric and Stitch Tutor - Maria Thomas
    15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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.

Expand your creative horizons on this two day weekend workshop with Maria Thomas – Explore creative approaches to patchwork and embroidery, combining contemporary and traditional techniques, along with free machine embroidery and hand stitch applique. Create your own surfaces for patchwork & stitch through painting, drawing and bonding materials.  Incorporate found domestic ephemera; vintage tray cloths, clothing, handkerchiefs and paper memories, tickets, photos, book pages, old dress patterns.  Investigate the traditions of log cabin, traditional English and cathedral window patchwork during the weekend you will  make a delightful and contemporary paper quilt.


You will need

  • An object that has a simple shape to draw from – a spoon, fork or bottle etc (You could come prepared with a printout of a shape that would fit into an A5 sheet)
  • A favourite image photocopied
  • Tracing paper
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Hand & Machine threads
  • Sewing machine
  • Large paint bushes 1” 2”
  • A Hairdryer
  • A mix of recycled fabric scraps – old embroidered table linen, velvet, Lightweight thin cotton plain or patterned
  • Recycled Papers – Graphic packaging from food & house hold products, old dress patterns, envelopes (for the blue inside), broken books & maps.
  • Buttons, lace, tags, anything your cherish from your sewing box.
  • Lunch both days

Provided for you

  • PVA Glue and spreader
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • White household emulsion.
  • Lovely tea and cake.


About Maria, Textile Artist & Tutor.

Maria’s work focuses on rehousing everyday objects with a specific association or meaning to her.  Notions of motherhood, shopping lists, food wrappers and graphic packaging – offering assistance to domestic chores – are carefully sourced, cut out and stitched before being absorbed into the fabric by patchwork and quilting techniques. Shaping memories and experiences into her own visual language Maria’s work is a response to the events of her daily life.

A love of fashion and sewing lead Maria to taking an ND in Printed Textiles at Mid-Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa in the late 1980’s. Keeping her connection with stitch she went on to study BA Embroidery at Manchester School of Art followed by an MA Textiles at the UCE in Birmingham in 1994.

Since graduating Maria has taught drawing, embroidery and printed textile design at degree and FE level for over 20 years. She has designed freelance for fashion, exhibited regularly and has work in public and private collections in the UK & overseas.

Her home & studio are in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.


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


Our Creative Thread Studio sits above our new shop, at 68b Church Street. We opened on the 21st July 2018,

The studio space offers excellent light to work and air conditioning, comfy chairs and two work surfaces for you. We have ample plug sockets and ironing surfaces, facilities to provide refreshments, a microwave.

However the studio is on the first floor. We can offer to carry your machines and bags up stairs for you.