Slow Stitching - Gertrude’s Cottage Garden

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow in an English country garden?

We’ll tell you now of some that we know, those we miss you’ll surely pardon ...

In “Gertrude’s Cottage Garden” workshop we will use a set of simple acrylic templates and embrace our inner “Gertrude”to create whimsical English garden flowers with ourreclaimed cloth pieces.

“Who’s Gertrude?” I hear you ask....

What a pleasure it is to introduce you to Gertrude Jekyll... (1843–1932)

A respected painter and craftswoman in the late Victorian era who then became famous for the beautiful cottage gardens she planted in England.

Gertrude’s distinct style used informal design, “naivety and charm” rather than “grandeur and formal structure” - an ethos that as “SlowStitchers” we share wholeheartedly.

Stitching Methods... simple & repetitive

Lisa has a preference for time worn, reclaimed textiles and a simple, “no right or wrong” approach when teaching her classes.

Students will stitch their background using simple stab stitch to connect their pieces of upcycled cloth before Lisa will show students simple techniques to create their ownstitched garden of flowers.

So come, meander down a graved path, and under theboughs of an ancestral tree we will find foxgloves andhollyhocks leaning against a crumbling stone wall.

There’s clusters of summer’s bright flowers whose skirts we will brush as we pass by. Tulips, lavender and snowdrops... Hydrangea, pansies...

Class structure

  • We like to keep classes small and intimate so Lisa has a chance to give time and attention to each student.

  • Classes are a full day session with morning tea and lunch breaks included.

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness it teaches industry and thrift above all it teaches entire trust.”

*Students will also be expected to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of the room & anything used during this time. Please understand we are putting in strict protocols across the board to ensure the safety of our entire community.

Materials List

Students will be supplied with a kit for each class, which is included in their class fee.  Lisa will supply a pdf called “students notes” to enrolled students. These notes will have suggestions/requirements on what else you may like/need bring to your workshop.

Tutor: Lisa Mattock

The groundwork for “Forage” was laid by a long and varied career in the creative industries. Lisa’s expertise as a textile artist, florist, food stylist, visual merchandiser, and with her own upmarket florist and homewares store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, combined with her long-standing passions for vintage fabrics, recycling, and embroidery made “Forage” a natural evolution. Through workshops, events and collaborations with local designers, Lisa gets to follow and share her twin passions of discovering and collecting reclaimed fabrics and embellishments, and creating intricate layered textile artworks.