Textiles & Quilting

Textile Jewellery: Suffolk Puffs

From: £35.00

FRI, 19 August 2022

9:00 – 12:30

Take some fabric, beads and buttons and create your own unique jewellery.

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Suffolk Puffs are a traditional patchwork form, and your tutor Helen Walsh will show you how to bring them up to date to create unique and beautiful textile jewellery.  This is a great way of using up small pieces of precious fabrics and odd beads and buttons to create something unusual and special. As the jewellery is made of fabric it’s lovely and lightweight and comfortable to wear.

About the Day

Textile Jewellery:  Suffolk Puffs will run from 9am until 12.30pm and includes refreshments throughout the morning including fresh coffee, teas and a treat.


9: Introduction and looking at examples

9.15: Demonstration: How to make a Suffolk Puff

9.30: Making Suffolk Puffs

10.30: Demonstration: How to join Suffolk Puffs to make different types of jewellery

10.50: Making Suffolk Puff jewellery

12.15: Sharing our work

12.30: Finish

Essential Information

Please bring a basic sewing kit (needles, scissors), fabric scraps, buttons and beads if you have favourites.  Helen will bring a selection just in case, along with basic sewing equipment for you to borrow.  Fabric pieces need to be sized between 10 x 10 cm and 20 x 20 cm.

We can provide fabric, thread, jewellery fixings, beads and buttons at a cost of approximately £3 per person payable to the tutor on the day.

The workshop takes place in the Ground Floor Drawing Room.  There is a flight of stairs from the main entrance with a stair lift.

Please note our cancellation policy.

Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Helen Walsh

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Helen Walsh is an Artist and Creative Practitioner specialising in drawing and textiles, in particular embroidery. She is continually fascinated by the natural world and our connection to it. She is particularly interested in birds and their feathers and uses them as symbols in her work to explore the human desire to transcend. Choosing to work predominantly with natural fibres such as silk and linen Helen finds herself consistently drawn to traditional textile skills such as embroidery, knitting and dyeing and enjoys the connections with the often forgotten makers of the past that working this way gives her. Helen is a skilled and experienced workshop leader and works on a variety of community and education based arts projects working with a diverse range of people in a variety of settings. Helen’s aim is to enable people to unlock and explore their creativity.

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