Haggler’s Corner presents…

Portuguese tapestry is a traditional craft which can be used to produce stunningly colourful patterns.

The technique which is sometime known as long arm cross stitch, is usually used to make beautiful hard wearing rugs. It is a diverse technique that can be adapted to make many home or wearable accessories including cushions, purses, place mats and much more.

Our tutor Sonia is a native of Portugal who was taught the craft by her mother as a 10-year-old girl. Since then she has mastered the craft producing hundreds of tapestry items. As you see from the accompanying pictures, she is quiet the creative expert, producing high quality work. She has sold her finished rugs at craft markets in London and now having moved to Sheffield, she is keen to share and popularise the craft by teaching others.

This one-day introductory workshop aims to share the basic techniques with you whilst producing a usable product. The table mat project covers the basic techniques you will need to transfer to other projects. Sonia will show you how to design the item and transfer the pattern on to the hessian. She has many patterns and inspirations to help you do this. We will then prepare the hessian to avoid fraying. The stitching techniques including how to change and integrate colours is the next stage. The project will be edged with a decorative boarder.

This tapestry technique is a traditional skill to which you can bring a modern and mindful twist. Come and have a go!