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Banner Making Workshop with Alice Gabb

Hand & Lock


July 15th - 16th 2023 (10:00am-4:30pm)

Location: Hand & Lock School for Embroidery and Creative Arts (86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE)

Join Alice Gabb for this heavenly two day banner making class. She will introduce you to the history of banners and help you to create a statement banner of your own.

The finished banner size will be approximately 50cm wide by 75cm long. Limited to 10 guests per class.

Day 1 AM: An introduction to the influences within Alice's work, learning about the context of the cultural importance and significance of banners
Cutting out letters
PM: Learning how to lay out your lettering and preparing them for the sewing machine
Sewing your straps

Day 2 AM: Sewing your letters on
PM: Sewing the front, back and straps together
Turning out and top stitching
Hand sewing your trimming on

Before the class:

- Guests will need to decide their phrases (up to 12 letters) 3 days before the class so the letters can be prepared.
- As well as the phrases, guests also need to let the studio know their main colour preference for the velvet. 

(Please email this information to school@handembroidery.com upon booking)

- Knowing how to thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin on a domestic sewing machine is extremely useful and will mean that you get the most out of a class.
Sewing the letters onto the front of the banner is the most skilled part of the workshop.

Alice Gabb is a Lettering Artist, Banner Maker and activist living and working in East London. Her work is directly influenced by both her own journey within activism, and the history of secret societies, social justice movements and peace campaigning within the UK. Alice only uses second-hand and vintage materials all of which will be supplied for the class.

All materials provided | For more information please contact school@handembroidery.com

* Please note, class bookings are non refundable