Inspiring Designs in Nature Workshop with Sue Russell

Inspiring Designs in Nature Workshop with Sue Russell

Course Overview

This workshop is based on ideas and techniques I have gleaned from workshops by Mirjam Gielen, Sabine Kane, CAS Holmes, Clarissa Callensen and Chloe Patience .

During the day we will play ,explore and manipulate designs found in nature to create your own unique design.You will need to start looking on Pinterest for example to find inspiration- look for designs or patterns in nature, lichen, spider webs, cell structures microscopic cells, fractals…..

I’ve set up a board on  Pinterest in Srussell5twin called Natures Inspiration if you are looking for ideas to start.You will need to bring your favourites printed on A4 on the day to play with.

On the day you will:

* create a small organic stitched appliqué sample

* stitch on a 3D object (supplied)

* create a stitch sampler of a variety of stitches

* learn how to make felt balls

* create momigami paper you can use as appliqué 

* play with some gelli printing(optional)

* Brainstorm ideas in design 

* explore your selected picture, develop a design, consider materials and stitches colour 

* Transfer design and start stitching

Cost – Kit $10

Materials List

Start with the end in mind. Buy a canvas for your final piece –

Fabric- cotton, calico, homespun 

Size canvas + 3” each side. Eg 8*10frame 14*16” fabric.a piece of calico/ sheeting same size to stabilise for stitching

Selected 2 pictures that inspire you –

Printed A4 pictures

Select colours of threads and scrap fabrics of different weights you might like to use on your final piece –

Threads of varying thicknesses- embroidery, wool Boucle

Appliqué fabrics. Vlisofix for appliqué

Stitch sampler – 

Calico stretched into approximately 10” hoop

3D shapes provided – 

Felt balls provided but if you want to learn how –

2 knee high stockings

Organic sampler-warm up exercise to play with appliqué and organic buttonhole stitch – Something bright with a contrast with thread to compliment –

8/10” hoop with fabric of your choice 

Eg 10/12” depending on hoop size for base

3” square for contrast 


Momigami- creating papers for collage- I’ll provide some –

If you have paper you might want to use in final design bring it along

Gelli printing  (optional activity) I’ll bring paints, pad, brayer –

10 sheets A4

Design and transfer.I’ll bring light box and carbon paper –

Pencil, eraser, sharpener

Sharpie pen 

Frixion pen

Masking tape

General sewing kit –

Fabric scissors

Paper scissors 


Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.


14 Oct 2023


9:30 am - 4:30 pm




Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia