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Watch this space for a programme of forthcoming creative workshops to be run at Fenham Farm by Gill Curry and other artists and craftspeople.

A major part of the new Granary building at Fenham is workshop space for Gill (owner and host at Fenham Farm) with additional facilities for running creative residential courses. Gill writes:

I’ve had an interest in textiles all my life influenced by my mother and grandmother who were always creating. I studied at the Scottish College of Textiles before settling on the farm. In between farming activities and raising 2 daughters, I studied City & Guilds Creative Embroidery, then gained an Adult Teaching Certificate and taught Creative Textiles for a number of years at the local Community Centre.

As well as enjoying my own workshop space in The Granary, I will be drawing on the network of very talented speakers and tutors that I have built up as Programme Secretary for the Border Textile Group to arrange a series of open workshops and short courses at Fenham.

Details will be made available here once finalised. In the meantime, we also welcome others who wish to host their own creative courses or workshops here. The Granary and accommodation alongside make Fenham an ideal venue.

Join Ali Ferguson for two lovely days of ‘slow stitching’, nostalgia and sharing stories. Using an old woollen blanket as a starting point you will create a gorgeous ‘Cloth Collage’ from fabrics old & new. You can add vintage papers & stitched table linens, lace, pattern paper and old haberdashery items such as tape measures, buttons and hooks & eyes. You’ll also use fabric printed with lovely handwritten text from old school notes.

Ali will share her relaxed approach to creating a gorgeously scrappy collage where fabrics are ripped and layered, printed words are highlighted, and personal words are hand stitched. On day two you’ll immerse yourself in the lovely process of slow hand-stitching. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced stitcher; running stitch and cross-stitch are all you really need but you can be more adventurous if you wish.