Slow Stitching 101 with Lisa Mattock


We are delighted to welcome Lisa Mattock all the way from Australia to teach her beautiful workshops that celebrate the art and practice of slow stitching. Slow stitching centres around the 'make do and mend' and 'waste not, want not' ethos of yesteryear and involves simple and repetitive stitching inspired by the Japanese boro and sashiko methods.

In this introductory class Lisa will teach the foundations of each stitch and explore the techniques involved in mixing repurposed, recycled, inherited and vintage
textiles to create your artwork. This workshop is a good opportunity to have a rummage through old linens, charity shops and your fabric stash, and bring them along to learn the art of repurposing them in a contemporary and unique way.

About your teacher: Lisa first explored her love for fabrics and textiles during high school where her unique and original creations made from strips of fabric knitted and woven together and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins led her to be invited to exhibit in “ArtExpress”, the prestigious annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of final year exams in Visual Arts in NSW.

A long and varied career in the creative industries followed. This has seen Lisa gather expertise as a textile artist, florist, food stylist, and visual merchandiser, culminating in her own upmarket florist and homewares store, which she ran in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for many years.

These experiences, combined with her long-standing passions for vintage fabrics, recycling, and embroidery made Forage a natural evolution. Here Lisa gets to follow and share her twin passions of discovering and collecting reclaimed fabrics and embellishments, and creating intricate layered textile artworks.

Skills needed: No experience is necessary.

Class size: 12

Length: 6 hours 

Materials: Lisa will supply the necessary materials to get started, including class notes and a 'goodie' bag which includes an array of reclaimed textiles, threads and embellishments. All you need to bring along is a willingness to learn and explore and any threads, vintage textiles and/or embellishments you have in your stash that you think might be useful.

Location: The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square NW6 2BR

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