Workshop to teach on-trend craft
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
Danielle Matthews, with her three-year-old daughter Eva, creating embroidery hoop art.
One of Danielle’s pretty creations.
Another design from Danielle.