• Sun Prints & Stitch - Tutor Sian Hughes
    10/06/2017 - 11/06/2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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…
A weekend of creativity with textile artist Sian Hughes who specialises in the technique of sun prints on a variety of fabrics and papers.

Sun prints or Cyanotype is an early form of photography, placing objects on this specially treated fabric and papers then exposing these to sunlight. The results are beautiful blue and white prints which you will use to stitch into on Sunday.

You Will Learn
On Saturday, Sian will teach you the process of sun printing, working on paper initially using a selection of items you wish to print for example, leaves, flowers, seed heads, haberdashery objects – scissors, buttons, spools etc. Lace fabrics, netting and feathers. All of these will make lovely prints.

Following your paper prints you will move onto fabrics, and repeat the process.

These prints can be made in the sunshine, but as we can’t guarantee the British weather Sian will be bringing exposure units to use on the day.

Your prints will be exposed using a vacuum pack to ensure a clear print is achieved. We will be able to expose the fabric outside there will be subtle differences In the two methods of developing, weather permitting.

On Sunday, taking inspiration from your prints, we will look at ways to stitch and embroider into your fabrics and paper prints. Maybe stitching together let the silk and shadow of seams show. Back your fabric or layer your fabrics add outline stitch, Kantha stitch, or decorative stitching.

We will look at methods of working into your paper prints using wax to create translucency before stitching.

Sun Prints and Stitch workshop with Sian Hughes and Linda Robinson

Sun Prints and Stitch workshop with Sian Hughes and Linda Robinson


Skills Level
Suitable for all

Sian will be providing the equipment and a range of materials, fabric and papers for you experiment with, but you may like to bring some of your own.

Please Bring

  • Make sure materials are flat and not too bulky for the vacuum packs
  • Translucent items let the light through work well, e.g. garlic skins (but not dried leaves and flowers)
  • Home made papers
  • Home pressed fresh flowers and petals
  • Items with interesting ‘open’ patterns
  • Some feathers
  • Lace
  • Embroidery
  • Dense objects don’t allow light through but can create good outlines
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Tomato tops, strawberry tops
  • Acetates and text on clear plastic black and white (but not colour) photographic negatives
  • Go for post card size – no larger than A5



  • Sewing kit, to include embroidery needles, scissors and pins
  • A variety of embroidery threads
  • Any buttons, lace, silk ribbons, etc you may want to include in your stitching
  • Lunch and a mug both days


The Avenue, Churchtown, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 0HR, United Kingdom