Emily Notman workshop

I’ve admired Emily Notman’s work for ages, so when I saw she was teaching at the gorgeous Make at Monteray I booked myself a place.  Emily uses mixed media and embroidery to build up her beautiful landscapes.  It’s a different style to anything I’ve done before, so I was excited (and a bit nervous) to give it a go.

We spent the first part of the morning printing on white cotton fabric with ink, paint and bleach, using household and found objects.  I was surprised to find I loved doing this!

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Then we made mini landscapes, to practice the techniques.  Which are secret – shh!

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In the afternoon we assembled our main pieces using our printed fabric, combined with lace and other fabrics.  And we began to embroider the landscapes – I’ve got a long way to go with this one.

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Those little green chips are sequin trimmings!  Joy!

It was a lovely day.  Karen provides such a great experience – with delicious biscuits and cake too.  I always come away feeling like I’ve had such a relaxing day, as well as learning new techniques. 

Make at Monteray is near Exeter in Devon.  Workshops always get booked up very quickly and a long time ahead, so if you see something you like, go for it!

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