Shared Stories/Waste2Art workshop – Upcycle your Fast Fashion into a Crazy Patchwork Cushion

During the National Trust Heritage Festival in May 2023, Eskbank House Museum is hosting a Waste2Art Crazy Quilting two-part workshop where participants will create Shared Story squares by upcycling old Fast Fashion items.

Crazy quilting was a popular Victorian pastime, “…quilting bees were social occasions that allowed women to gather together and establish connections with each other as they connected their quilt pieces… ” (Beaman, Anita. 1991)

This two-part workshop is facilitated by multi-disciplined contemporary artist Willowa Anna Carter and is aimed at family or close friend pairs, working together to transfer Shared Stories into crazy patchwork. Images and letters will be printed onto fabric as templates for hand stitched and embroidered squares. One square from each pair will be used to create cushions for Eskbank House Museum’s Mary’s Garden benches as a community project.

This workshop is inspired by the Nationally significant Sutton/Leake Quilt recently taken out of storage for display during National Trust Heritage Festival. The quilt was made by the women of the Leake family in Pennsylvania, USA in c.1893, and is a collection of squares appearing to be crafted by multiple individuals.

The Crazy Quilting Workshop will take place at Eskbank House Museum. The cost to participants is $25 per person.

Session 1 Tuesday 2 May 2023 at 9.30 am to 1.30pm,

Session 2 Tuesday 9 May 2023 at 9.30 am to 1.30pm.

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