Whanganui Girls College                22 -28 April 2018


Julia Triston -UK

Lace Book

In this experimental workshop, using different materials and media, you will explore and study the patterns, properties and textures of lace.  From your observations, you will experiment with cutting, piercing, printing, bonding, layering, and piecing techniques to create collaged surfaces in paper and fabric that can be stitched into by hand and machine.

Your patterned, textured and raised lacy surfaces will be collated in a small sketchbook, which will be a work of art in its own right.  Some samples will be stitched or printed ‘sketches’, whilst others that are more resolved can be developed into small collaged and pieced projects.

Ability: all levels welcome (an understanding of basic free machine embroidery will be useful but not essential)

Please note: in this workshop we will work mostly in neutral colours (whites, creams, beiges, light browns etc) with highlights of very pale pinks, yellows, blues, greens, greys as a contrast), and possibly one bold colour as a highlight.  Please begin to collect neutral colours of papers, fabrics, lace, braids and lacy textiles (e.g. old blouse, hankie, or bra!) – it’s preferable to have a small amount of a wide variety than a lot of one style or texture.

About Julia Triston


Julia Triston is a maker, author and educator in stitched textiles and contemporary art and design techniques. 

She has a passion for stitching and creating art from upcycled items; Julia’s raw materials include vintage lace, reclaimed household linen, second-hand garments, old uniforms and previously worn underwear.  Her current practice investigates the themes of identity, gender, and sustainability.

Julia gained a Distinction for her MA in Contemporary Applied Arts and exhibits her textiles internationally.  She co-runs STITCHBUSINESS (a successful international stitch school) and is the co-author of two popular Batsford books: ‘How to be Creative in Textile Art’ and ‘Contemporary Appliqué’.


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