We’re so excited to partner with Inter/Access for an upcoming workshop called, ‘Experimental Surfaces : Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer, and Unexpected Materials’ led by local artist Amanda McCavour.

This workshop will focus on constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces with machine and hand embroidery. Collage techniques will be combined with the use of water soluble stabilizer.  Students will be encouraged to experiment with an assortment of materials like plastics, papers, and yarns to create a variety of samples. These samples will be used to explore different texture and colour combinations. Students will then expand these tests into a larger piece.

Instructor Amanda McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength. More on Amanda McCavour’s work at her website.

The workshop takes place Saturday June 18th, 11am – 4pm at the workroom studio.

images courtesy of Amanda McCavour

The holidays are quickly approaching! Have you filled out your #workroomwishlist card at the shop? We keep this card on file to help your friends and family buy the perfect gifts for you this season!

We are also holding a contest starting today until December 15th. Post a photo of something(s) from your #workroomwishlist on Instagram for a chance to win a gift card from $10 – $100 for our online shop. Don’t forget to tag & follow @_theworkroom and use the hastag #workroomwishlist. Limit of one entry per person per day. A winner will be picked from each day’s entry, so there are 12 chances to enter to win!

Last year we had so many wonderful and creative photo entries and we can’t wait to see what you post this year!

We have a lot of great books in the shop, but we’re really excited about the latest one. Kristiann Boos, of Victory Patterns (not to mention workroom teacher) fame, has just released Boundless Style, a mix and match pattern workbook.

Yes, mix and match! Kristiann’s latest patterns are feminine and fashion-forward, as usual. But, now you can choose a bodice, a skirt, and a sleeve, and mix them together to create custom designs! If you’ve ever made a Victory Patterns garment, or taken one of Kristiann’s classes, you won’t be surprised to also find guides to essential sewing skills, like installing an invisible zipper and balancing a hem. Every step is clearly detailed with photographs, illustrations and the quality instruction Victory Patterns is known for.

We’re so thrilled about Kristiann’s book that we’re throwing a little party! Join us to celebrate Boundless Style, and the lady herself on November 10th from 6pm to 8pm. RSVP here!

Can’t make it to the party, but still want to get your hands on the book? Pick up a copy in store, or from our online shop.