Kim Thittichai Stitch Retreat – A New Starting Point

In this workshop you will discover and develop the redemptive qualities of old newspapers and books. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb and gilding flake we will explore the possibilities of layered textures combined with firm interfacing, to end up with pieces of work that can be used to make a book covers and or a vessel.

We should have enough time to create at least one stitched slip cover for a book and a stitched sample.

Materials list

  • 2 newspapers – various shapes and sizes and different languages if you can get them. If you could splosh some paint or dye on 1 of the newspapers that would be a great help. (both sides of the pages)
  • pages of old books, music, maps, cartoons . . .
  • 2 metres of Bondaweb (can be bought from Kim).
  • Old dressmaking pins – 20 or so.
  • A selection of 6 water based paints (acrylic, poster) you might like to include 2 or 3 metallic colours. Something thick enough to print with.
  • Jar for water, apron, latex (or other) gloves.
  • 2” paintbrush (decorators)
  • Gilding flake
  • Any sequins, dried flowers, skeleton leaves . . . . you have lurking around.
  • 2 or 3 printing blocks and a couple of small sponges.
  • 3 paper plates or a palette.
  • Baby wipes and a roll of kitchen towel.
  • A roll of baking parchment.
  • A selection of threads and needles to suit. Shiny, matt, thick, thin.
  • Scissors – not your best ones.
  • 40cm of 90cm wide Decovil iron-on interfacing. Can be bought from Kim please allow £10
  • A book to cover (no larger than 30 x 30 cm)
  • A spiral bound sketch book to decorate with painted Bondaweb.

An old towel for ironing.

Please do not bring any oil based products or aerosols into the workshop.

This includes Markal stick, Treasure gold.

If you can smell it – don’t bring it!