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Studying & Stitching your own ‘Arpillera’ textile art

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Inspired by Mother Earth nature we are offering for beginners to textile art the opportunity to study visually and practically the art of making a basic ‘Arpillera’ piece using upcycled and new fabrics. A fun project with appliqué and hand embroidery stitches.

Participants will learn technical stitches, design composition and execution in their own Arpillera design. A great opportunity to join us and start your amazing journey of creating scenes of flora, fauna and people from Peru or your own locale with cloth and threads with the concept of using pieces of unwanted garments, recycled and up-recycled textiles.

Creative children with their parents welcomed. This workshop was delivered in a similar format in the Amazon of Peru to parents and young people. After completion participants can apply the same techniques to their own projects.

This workshop is brought to you by Bella Lane, who is from Iquitos Peru, Master Peruvian embroiderer, trained at the Royal School of Needlework and a world embroidery stitch collector. We are very honoured to have Bella as a guest teacher at Fabrications!

Read more about Bella and about the history and culture of the ‘Arpilleras’ on my Blog HERE

On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:

– Understand how to create step by step landscapes of fabric scenarios, using unwanted, recycled or new fabrics

– Learn as much as possible the basic and more advanced appliqué embroidery techniques

– Have the opportunity to stitch something very special with little resources, as do many Arpilleras makers working in Peru and beyond

– Participants can apply the same technique for their own projects-

– Students will have picked up some ‘insider’ tips and tricks from a master craft pers

Includes a special embroidery kit prepared by Bella containing instruction sheet, good quality embroidery needle, threadsfabrics and a complimentary glass of Prosecco at the end of the session!

Bella will be delivering 2 workshops, which can be booked individually or as a full day (at a dicounted rate)

Morning: Amazonian Cosmo Vision Embroideries

Afternoon: Arpillera’ Textile Art

PRICE: £55 or £95 (Full Day – 2 sessions)


You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)

Please Note: The workshop will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)




May 25
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Barley Massey