Work­shop to teach on-trend craft

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tamra Carr

For­mer Ger­ald­ton res­i­dent Danielle Matthews says the cen­turies-old craft of em­broi­dery is back on trend, and af­ter be­ing in­un­dated with re­quests from friends and In­sta­gram fol­low­ers, she’s bring­ing the art form to Ger­ald­ton’s Marine Ter­race mall with a work­shop later this month.

The for­mer Na­gle Catholic Col­lege stu­dent left Ger­ald­ton in 1999 to study en­vi­ron­men­tal science at the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia and now spe­cialises in ur­ban bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion.

In be­tween study, work, mar­riage and rais­ing chil­dren, Matthews has con­sis­tently dab­bled in arts and crafts, with her in­ter­est in em­broi­dery be­gin­ning at age 10.

Matthews cred­its so­cial me­dia with the re­newed pub­lic in­ter­est in the craft.

“I think so­cial me­dia is re­ally bring­ing it into the spot­light,” she said.

“There’s a lot of in­ter­est in hand­made crafts th­ese days.”

Matthews fo­cuses on em­broi­dery hoops, a struc­ture tra­di­tion­ally used to keep fab­ric stretched and tight while com­plet­ing needle­work.

Her work has been on dis­play at mar­ket­places around Perth and Ger­ald­ton, along with be­ing fea­tured in Make Mod­ern mag­a­zine, a pub­li­ca­tion which dis­cusses pat­terns and quilt­ing.

Matthews’ em­broi­dery hoops are cir­cu­lar patches of fab­ric with in­tri­cate stitch­ing, which are smaller projects than tra­di­tional em­broi­dery, don’t re­quire a sewing ma­chine and take less time to com­plete.

Matthews says the art can be cre­ated for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent pur­poses, such as wall and shelf dec­o­ra­tions, jew­ellery pieces or help­ing peo­ple re­lax.

At­ten­dees at Matthews’ work­shop will learn about dif­fer­ent tech­niques and de­signs while cre­at­ing their own em­broi­dery hoop art­works and tak­ing the fin­ished prod­ucts home.

Matthews says a lot of re­ward comes from shar­ing fin­ished pieces with other peo­ple.

“When show­ing at the mar­kets, I would have em­broi­dery which would have a funny quote or some­thing stitched onto it and peo­ple would have a look and have a laugh.

“I have a hobby sewing busi­ness and af­ter work­shops peo­ple will send me pho­tos of their em­broi­dery hoops and it’s so grat­i­fy­ing to know I’ve passed my skills and knowl­edge onto other peo­ple.”

Although Matthews lives in Perth, she reg­u­larly vis­its Ger­ald­ton ap­prox­i­mately five times a year to see friends and fam­ily.

Matthews will lead the em­broi­dery work­shop at a re­tail lo­ca­tion in Marine Ter­race on Septem­ber 30.

In­ter­ested read­ers can con­tact De­bra Buckle for book­ings at Art & Soul by The Sea on 9935 9414.

I would have em­broi­dery which would have a funny quote or some­thing stitched onto it and peo­ple would have a look and have a laugh. Danielle Matthews

Pic­tures: Sup­plied

Danielle Matthews, with her three-year-old daugh­ter Eva, cre­at­ing em­broi­dery hoop art.

One of Danielle’s pretty cre­ations.

An­other de­sign from Danielle.

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