Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Anne Brooke at Creative Threads Workshops

Saturday 18th October 2014 was an amazing day spent with some lovely people and an amazing inspirational textile artist called Anne Brooke.
Anne Brooke 18 10 14
I couldn’t have wished for a lovelier venue than was provided by Linda at Creative Threads Workshop. The church hall was wonderfully lit and airy and Linda had made us some wonderful cake to consume during the day. Thank you so much Linda, i will be back for more!
Linda ironing our inner pieces onto Vilene, she did a fabulous job and saved us all a lot of time.
Until now my new affair with threads and fabrics has been quite basic and am still learning to sew a straight line. When i tried free motion embroidery it was freeing and not too difficult as i had been doing the same movements using my Embellisher.
When i saw the workshop i booked immediately, i have been an Anne fan for a little while, got to meet her at Art In The Pen in Skipton and bought one of her pieces which will hang in my workshop. Anne’s style is something i would like to aspire to, seed heads and natural colours. Anyway more about the course…
Course title was Collage Boxes Workshop, we received a list of materials and it took me ages to decide what to take, eventually i took one bag with papers, one bag with fabric and my sewing machine.
For the eagle eyed there is a platform under my machine which was made by my OH, i will blog this seperately.
Out of respect for Anne i will not show a step by step of how the boxes are made but the final sides in macro and then the completed box in full.
Hope you can see where i used tea bags and some Tim Holtz die cuts, a couple of leaves from Darcy, material from an old top and buttons from my stash. Used Madeira and Marathon polyester thread, some wallpaper Anne had brought and the sequin material was from my friend J who came with me. Added Linda from Stampotique who has been coloured using Spectrum Noir pencils, had to add something from Stampotique!
Am hopeful that this picture heavy post has given you a flavour of the workshop and will encourage you to book onto one of Anne’s or Linda’s workshops sometime. I have already booked for Anne’s next workshop with Linda in March 2015, OH has paid it is one of my Xmas presents, thank you G.
Hope you enjoyed your visit today and have time to leave a comment. Thanks for dropping by.


  1. It looks as though you have managed to combine skills learned with your own personal style. There is so much to see and lots of interesting patterns and forms. A fab little treasure. Thanks for showing . Xx

  2. Love your panels very you, love the sparkle you got on them how did you do that? And together you have a very special box. A great creation - I want one lol xxx

  3. Really interesting,I'd love to do a workshop on something but have never got around go it. I have used my new sewing machine twice...think I'm scared of it!

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  4. Wow, beautiful box! Love the layers and combination of materials! Fun workshop..........

  5. What an amazing project wow.. adorable fabric box...great!

  6. Your box came out beautiful and it sounds like you had really good time!

  7. Holy cow Mo!! Best use of a tea bag EVER! These are just stunning, I mean WOW!! So much work and it paid off because I love every element on your wonderful boxes! What a treat it must have been to be in that workshop! Well done! hugs :)

  8. Wonderful. Anne is such a lovely person and generous with her ideas. The box turned out beautifully.

  9. FABULICIOUS and so worth the time and effort.

  10. that looks like a great course, love what you've made

  11. Love your use of that Stampotique image in your fabric box! The class must have been amazing! Lucky you!

  12. I too aspire to sewing in a straight line... Although I have had my machine for 20 years and quite a lot of practise it still isn't coming to me. Let alone free embroidery! (should have seen all the loops underneath-disaster). So I appreciate the technical difficulties of your fabulous project... Well done!

  13. What a lovely project you achieved here MOH! It is unique: beautiful colours; whimsical images and great materials. I love the upcycling on it. Tea-bags are becoming a firm favourite with me! This is such a treasure to be proud of, a true heirloom. xxx

  14. How fun is THAT???



  15. what a fabulous workshop; we met Anne at Art in the Pen too, love her work!! Enjoy your next workshop, March'll be here before we know it!!

  16. WOW now that looks like a workshop worth doing, love how your box came out and it looks really sturdy too, like you could actually use it for something special, thanks for sharing and I love all your photos xxx

  17. LOVE your box, each of the panels are using fabric in projects and best of all it sounds like the workshop was great. Ruth x

  18. These look amazing mate! xxx

  19. Box Looks amazing here but so much better in the flesh and I know :-)

    1. Yes you do! Enjoyed spending day with you, hope to do it again soon:-) xxx

  20. A very delayed comment, thank you for the great blog on Anne's workshop with Creative Thread... she is back in Garstang this Dec 2015 and March 2016 for two creative weekends. Your stitched collage box is absolutely beautiful... x Linda