Saturday marked the beginning of a series of exciting textile workshops at Boundary Way. The workshops are all being run by local textile artist and the Chair of the Wolverhampton Branch of the Embroiderers Guild, Elise Stewart. The first session was an exciting look into basic ways to make beautiful embroidery inspired by the allotment’s fungi and the results were fascinating.
Elise started off the workshop by showing participants images of mycelium, the web-like body of the fungi that stretches far underground, and explaining their role in the Wood Wide Web. These images and the idea of the sharing of information between plants was the starting point for the participants stitch-work, which everyone was thrilled about and so excited to get going on.
For this workshop, each participant was given a base of a coffee stained wipe and a loose weave fabric to go on top. Elise explained that these bases were to be layered, with a few threads in between, and act as the soil in which the mycelium would sit.
Once everyone had created their ‘soil’ and placed it in their embroidery hoop, Elise went on to show a variety of easy stitches for everyone to do to create their mycelium. This included running stitch, back stitch and couching, which was used to attach larger, more texture threads to the pieces.
When the demonstration was over, everyone got stuck in stitching and the work produced was fantastic. The sharing of materials and ideas was a lovely sight, and all the participants had a wonderful time.
The creations from this workshop will be exhibited in our Fungi Themed Open Day and exhibition on 7th September, find out more about that here. Or, if you like the look of what you see, book onto one of Elise’s upcoming workshops by visiting our events page here.
Part of Magnifying Mushrooms- a project exploring the importance of fungi & nature connections through education work, creative workshops and artist’s responses.
The project is supported by funding from Grow Wild UK and National Lottery Community Fund & an Open Access Award from Creative Black Country.