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Narrative Patchwork


2 Day Workshop

Thu, 21st July, 2022 to Fri, 22nd July, 2022

10:00am - 4:00pm

This workshop focuses on my signature style of patching and appliqué techniques,

combined with fine hand embroidered illustration. We will explore several key techniques of

mine, including couching, running, stem, seed and back stitch. Hand stitched text will also

be used in this workshop.

The workshop will start with a short talk by me, Jessie. I will show and share with you a

selection of my original artwork. There will be time for your questions at this stage.

I will then direct you, both as a group and individually, as I encourage you to start creating

your own stitched story in my signature style of narrative patchwork.

You will be working on natural cotton as your base layer/canvas. This fabric will be included

in the kit that you will be given at the start of your workshop. The kit will also contain a

selection of pre-cut fabric motifs, ready for you to appliqué directly on to your work.

You will be encouraged to work quickly at first to build up your patchwork base, layer by

layer. This should allow you enough time later on to work into this base, adding finer details

and an overall narrative.

You will be working on a flat but densely layered construction, using appliqué, patching and

hand stitching as your main techniques.

I encourage you to enjoy this creative day as an explorative, peaceful, slow-stitching

experience, without too much focus on completing your work. You will learn and embrace

new techniques, while being inspired by my original artworks and materials that surround

you. Bring your sketchbook and make notes to help you finish your work, if necessary, at


My dear students and fellow stitchers

A little hello from London in advance of our stitching time together at

Cowslip Farm Summer 2022.

My Contact Details:


Tel: 07708921550

My Web Links:


Instagram: @jessiechorley

Suggested Materials List:

Cost of Kits per Student: £12.00 (Students can pay me Jessie for kits in person on the

day of the workshops)

You will be provided with a simple, hand-crafted kit at the start of your masterclass experience,

which includes the use of all my specialist embroidery threads. 

Cost of Kits per Student:£12.00 (Students can pay me Jessie for kits in person on the

day of the workshops)

However, I will always encourage

you, the maker, to create your own “story” as much as possible. To do this, I suggest that you bring

along a selection of items from the list below. These can be incorporated into your work, making it

more personal:

* Favourite sewing tools

* An assortment of your favourite embroidery threads

* An assortment of your favourite fabric scraps. Bring a nice variety of sizes, colours, shades and


* A cherished piece of linen/cotton/something plain as a base fabric, for you to work on and in to.

You may have a treasure at home; enjoy having a rummage! Vintage table cloths, tray cloths,

hankies, linen napkins are all perfect material. This item is a suggestion only! I will be providing you

with a piece of pre-cut fabric in your main kit

* Other items of personal interest, such as old charms, buttons, vintage lace and ribbons, small keys

etc, all of which can be stitched into your work

* A favourite poem, quote or perhaps just a single word (for inspiration)

* Anything you are currently working on that you’d like to show me, including your sketchbooks.

I’m happy to offer advice and hopefully inspire new creative ideas

Bear in mind that pre-loved fabrics and objects will trigger memories and personal narratives. For

instance, a snippet from a worn dress, a collar from a favourite shirt, or a patch from your mum’s old

curtains can all serve as precious materials with personal associations. So focus on selecting and

bringing along items that will evoke a unique narrative for you.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any details about your masterclass, please email

or call me directly, via the contact details above.


Please note that the techniques taught in my masterclasses are for personal use and inspiration only;

they must not be used in commercial projects. No direct photography is permitted of my original art

works/samples. For inspiration/guidance photos during a class please ask me before talking this type

of photo.

Finally, your masterclass will involve fine, detailed work, so don’t forget to bring your

glasses if you need them.