101 - An Introduction to Slow Stitching

All participants who enrol must be fully (double) vaccinated by the class start date to be able to join classes on site (as per NSCC COVID policy): 

NO refunds or transfers for anyone who enrols and is not fully vaccinated by the class start date. 


Class capacity: 6-12 people

Slow stitching centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear. It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable. 

This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness. Rather, we embrace the timeworn nature of our materials, and the individuality of our stitching methods. 

Simplicity is key. 

We are passionate fabric lovers, and we have a stash of “just because” pieces we’ve found along the way to prove it. We love to hunt at flea markets, charity stores and church fetes for the cloth treasures and embellishments we will repurpose. We can lose ourselves in the online world of instagram and etsy...oh the possibilities...  

Stitching methods…simple and repetitive

We will draw inspiration from the Japanese stitching methods of boro and sashiko as we take a mixture of repurposed, recycled, inherited, and vintage textiles to create the background for our artworks. 

Students will stitch their background using simple stab stitch to connect their pieces of upcycled cloth.

A stitched silhouette can then be added as a finishing embellishment to the stitched cloth background.

Sashiko (刺し子, literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative of reinforcement stitching. 

Traditionally this running stitch is used to reinforce points of wear or to repair tears with patches.

Boro is the art of mending rags or scraps of cloth. The term boro is also used to describe clothes and household items which have been patched-up and repaired many times.

*During COVID, students are asked 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

Lisa will supply the necessary materials to get started, including class notes and a 'goodie' bag which includes an array of reclaimed textiles, threads and embellishments. · All you need to bring along is a willingness to learn and explore, plus some basics such as scissors, and any threads, vintage textiles and/or embellishments you have in your stash that you think might be useful.

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.

https://www.foragebylisamattock.com.au/