Thursday, 30 May 2013

Dressing Creatures with Julie Arkell

I fell in love with Julie Arkell's work at the Knitting and Stitching show in 2007 and since then have been desperate to do a class with her. Finally the stars aligned and the day after my birthday I hopped out of bed to catch a train to London.

The class was held at Loop in Islington, there were 7 of us in the class and my classmates had travelled all the way from Canada, America, Germany and Switzerland just for the class.

We went down to the class room and were greeted by a basket of nude creatures ready for us to pick from. This was a tough part, their expressions were all so different but each of them had so much character.

After much deliberation I settled on this one.

There were baskets of yarn to pick from and Julie had bought a lovely old suitcase full of fabric treasures for us to use.

We set to work dressing our creatures and at the end of the day lined them all up together. It was so lovely to see how different they all turned out.

They look so lovely in a group don't they?!

I made mine an extra apron too, just in case :)

I really enjoyed the class, it pushed me out of my comfort zone as I find raw edges and uneven stitches quite the challenge but they add to the character of my little creature so much so I am glad I just went with it. She may get a new dress though with slightly neater stitches and fewer raw edges :) and I would really love to try and make her a friend one of these days too!!

Who would your dream workshop be with?

Dani x


  1. I dream of a doll-making workshop with Julianne Strittmatter, in fact there was an opportunity a little while ago when she held a workshop in the UK but I couldn't work out the childcare arrangements. One day!

    1. Wow, her dolls are amazing! A workshop with her would be fantastic, hope you get to one :)