My collaboration project Interlace was recently commissioned to create a new public artwork with young people in Leicester.
Bethany and I worked with 8-13 year olds in January and February this year to design and make a set of concrete and cloth tiles inspired by the urban environment to be displayed at Makers’ Yard studios in Leicester. We are launching and celebrating the project on Tuesday 7th June and all are welcome to join us.
A whole weekend of creative and experimental patchwork and piecing using historic textiles as inspiration. Explore innovative and interesting techniques for patchwork and try lots of new ideas. You can come to one day or both days. All materials are included, although you are welcome to bring your own too. One day is £50, or book both days for £95. Book here
Saturday: Machine Patchwork
Enjoy a day of easy, stress-free machine sewn patchwork. Try out freestyle or ‘improv’ quilting to create colourful and quirky patchwork panels. Try log cabin, strip piecing and scrappy improv styles and simple blocks to build up into quilts. Measuring and maths will be kept to a minimum and I don’t insist on perfect matching seams so this is a great workshop if you prefer a more relaxed style.
You will need to be able to use a sewing machine confidently. Please bring your own sewing machine if possible. If travelling from a distance I can arrange a machine for you so please confirm this when you book. All other tools and materials are provided.
Sunday : Hand Patchwork
Enjoy a slow stitching day, hand sewing with beautiful fabrics and traditional techniques. Learn the art of English Paper Piecing using hexagons or other templates and try out subtle, delicate crazy patchwork using hand embroidery stitches to join tiny scraps of fabric. No previous experience required. All materials provided.
Patchwork pieces (Ruth Singer)
Hand patchwork workshop with Ruth Singer
Star Quilt. On display at Solihull Gallery
Harefield Hospital commission first workshop (Ruth Singer)
Rowan leaves to represent Rowan Ward. Hand embroidery.
I’ll be opening my studio on Saturday 25th April (12-4pm) as part of the local St George’s day festival.
This is the first time I’ve opened the studio since I’ve changed it from being a teaching space to being my own personal work space where I run occasional creative textiles workshops too.
I’ll be in the studio working on pieces for my exhibition and other projects, and you will be able to see work in progress, textile artworks for sale and find out more about forthcoming exhibitions, workshops and much more. You can also contribute your textile memories for my exhibition.
I share the studio with fine artist Gillian Adair McFarland and you will also be able to meet her and find out more about her amazing work (recently nominated for the Richard Attenborough Prize at Leicester Open exhibition!).
Ruth Singer: Metamorphosis
Silk handkerchief with label
Patchwork pieces (Ruth Singer)
I recently completed a short project for Sustainable Harborough using natural dyes and local plants to create a textile wall hanging for the local library. They asked me to propose a workshop for a town centre activity day which local people could join in with and result in something attractive and informative for display at the end.
Plants and flowers ready for printing
Bundles in the dye pot
More drying at the studio
Working out the layout
Finished wall hanging
Wall hanging detail
Wall hanging detail showing information labels
Handover in Harborough Library
I devised a simple natural dye workshop using easy, non-toxic natural dyes and local plants to create eco-prints on reclaimed silk from an old wedding dress. Each person taking part chose their own flowers and leaves to create bundles with and then added their tied bundle to either turmeric or beetroot / tea dye pot. Participants came back an hour or more later to unwrap and reveal their bundles. We got some really stunning patterns and details in the prints, which amazed and fascinated everyone who took part – including my assistant Erica!
Above all, this simple project showed how easy it can be to engage all ages in sustainability issues through simple, creative activities. All ages took part in the workshop and all were equally fascinated to discover that you can create such wonderful colours using (mainly) what grows in your garden. A drop-in activity like this is an easy way to talk to people about the environmental issues around textiles and dyes and to encourage a closer appreciation and exploration of what is growing in our local parks, wastelands or gardens.
Find out more about commissioning a project or activity here. I love the challenge of creating events and activities tailored to specific venues, themes or projects.
Ruth Singer Studio is now running workshops and clubs for children aged 6+ including teenagers. Summer holiday activities start at the end of July on Wednesday afternoons. We’ve also got after school clubs starting in October.
Summer holiday workshops on on Wednesday afternoons, details below. £10 per child per session. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you can have a seat in the courtyard and have a cup of tea and one adult can bring several children. All workshops can be booked here. If you have any questions, please use the form below to contact the studio.
Felt toys. Weds 30th July. 2.00-3.30pm. 6-9 years
Design and make your own stuffed toy using colourful recycled wool felt and practice hand sewing.
Dragon puppets made by children at Ruth Singer Studio
T-shirt embellishing. Weds 6th August, 2.00-3.30pm. 10-15 years
Bring an old t-shirt to embellish with fabric, buttons, sequins and paint.
Embellish a T-shirt, ideal for older children and teens
Felt Purse. Weds 20th August, 2.00-3.30pm. 6-9 years
Make a purse from colourful wool felt, and decorate with embroidery
Purses workshop for 6-9 year olds
Fabric Flowers, Weds 27th August.2.00-3.30pm. 10-15 years
Learn how to make gorgeous fabric flowers, badges, brooches and hair accessories.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 07740345062. Ruth Singer has Enhanced CRB, Public Liability Insurance and over 10 years experience working with children. Child protection policy and risk assessment can be shown on request.
Slow Stitch takes place on Friday evenings 6-9pm at Ruth Singer Studio
Slow Stitch has finished for 2014, more dates for 2015 will be announced soon.
Slow Stitch events are for anyone who loves hand stitching: embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint and tapestry. These are social events; bring along your stitching and meet like-minded thread-obsessives to share ideas, inspiration and textile chat. You can also browse my huge collection of embroidery books and there will also be a sales / swaps table – bring your excess stash of threads, books, fabrics or tools to swap or sell. Please note this is not a taught workshop, so bring your own project to work on. £5 per event including tea & biscuits. Pay on the day, no need to book.
Apron – Trowel detail
Detail of Metamorphosis
Criminal Quilts 2
Take a break from Christmas shopping to join us at the studio for a social afternoon on Sunday 15th December 1-3pm – free of charge! Bring along your hand sewing, knitting or other craft and enjoy tea & mince pies. There will also be loads of sewing bargains, as we clear out the studio for a change-around in January. You can also find out about and book courses for 2014.
Ruth Singer Studio