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Masterclass with Jelly artist, Kate Powell
December 3, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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December 3, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Join Jelly artist, Kate Powell for this masterclass in creating a quilt sampler from found fabrics or fabrics with personal meaning, breathing life into discarded fabrics and unused clothes.  

Many cultures and countries have traditions in reusing and recycling scraps to create quilts and covers. In this workshop you will explore a variety of traditional techniques and begin to create a quilt sampler using the textiles themselves as a starting point. Using the textures, colours and meanings behind the fabrics and discussing prompts to develop a quilt which will hold personal meaning to the individual. This session is an introduction to the hand sewing techniques which can be used to create a larger quilt. 

The session will be at a relaxed pace where the participants are welcome to share stories and memories that their fabrics provoke.


  • This workshop is aimed at adults, no specific experience is necessary. 
  • Booking required 
  • Cost: £14 per person. This workshop is part-funded by The MERL  
  • All materials will be provided but please bring your own fabric scissors and 15cm squares of your own fabrics which hold memories for you.  Further details of recommended fabrics and ones to avoid will be given in advance of the workshop.  

Learn about The MERL’s focus for 2022
CARE: highlighting how we take care of rural heritage, the countryside’s future, and each other

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