2022/11/04: Gail Lawther - Stained Glass Rose or Tulips

Friday 4th November 2022
Tutor Gail Lawther
Duration 10am till 4pm

Workshop with Gail Lawther

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is an important part of Scotland’s heritage, and everyone knows his classic rose designs. Fewer people, though, have interpreted the gorgeous sinuous Tulips pattern he created as a textile design – but now’s your chance to do your choice of the rose or the tulips! These wall-hangings are done in stained glass patchwork; even if you’ve never tried the technique before, you’ll be astonished at how quickly the design comes together. Stitch them in soft pastels, in striking brights, or in your own choice of toning fabrics to match your own decor. If you’re wondering, the Rose design is a bit more straightforward than the Tulips, but both are suitable for all levels of stitcher, including beginners.

Workshop with Gail Lawther

My inspiration for these exotic wall-hangings came from Mackintosh’s signature rose, and his fabric patterns featuring stylised tulips. I’ve created the designs in various different colourways, using a mixture of real and imitation silks and also cotton fabrics, but as ever you can use whatever fabrics and colourway you like; they look very good in batik fabrics, too. Just ensure that the fabrics are reasonably firm (eg cottons, silk dupion etc). Whatever colourway you go for, choose a colour of bias binding that complements it.

As well as the things below, you’ll need your usual sewing kit of small and large scissors (if you have a pair of special applique scissors, bring them along), pins etc, plus a soft pencil (eg 2B; not a propelling pencil) and long ruler. This is a machine-sewing class; bring all the extras that go with your machine – foot control, power lead, knee lift if you have one – and all the feet so that we can choose the best one to use on the day. (If you’re relatively new to quilting, or to your machine, bring the manual too.) A twin needle works superbly on this design; you’ll need a 4mm twin needle, and an extra spool of the thread that matches your bias binding. They will probably have twin needles in the shop (as well as the fusible binding in black, gold or silver); I’ll have some extras with me at the workshop if they run out. If you have any cheap bobbin-fill thread, you can use this for the first process of machine-tacking the patches to the background; the colour doesn’t matter, as this stitching will be covered by the bias binding. For the fusible binding, feel free to bring your own travel iron or mini-iron if you have one, but please don’t buy one specially. 

The fabrics I’ve marked with a star need to be cut to these measurements – if you do these before the day of the workshop it means you’ll be ready to get straight on with the creative bit! The other measurements are just minimum requirements; don’t bother to cut them down to the exact size if they’re a bit bigger.

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I’ve stitched this design in many different colour-schemes, and so have people at workshops over the years, and it looks wonderful in all of them! For the requirements list I’ve stuck to Mackintosh’s typical colour-scheme of pinks and silvers, with black bias binding, but you can do it in any mixture of colours you fancy; just substitute other colours for the fabrics I’ve specified, and pick a colour of bias binding that shows off the fabrics well.

Finished size: 30 x 15in (75 x 38cm)

You will need

  • white, cream or other pale-coloured background fabric, 30 x 15in (75 x 38cm); you’ll be tracing the template through this, so make sure that it’s pale otherwise you won’t be able to see the lines through it!
  • compressed wadding (any flattish wadding will do), 30 x 15in (75 x 38cm)
  • pale pink fabric for the main head of the rose, minimum of 18in (45cm) square
  • mid pink fabric for the rose centre and buds, minimum of 12in (30cm) square
  • dark pink fabric for the rose centre and buds, minimum of 8in (20cm) square
  • contrasting or toning fabric for the backing and outside border, 36 x 21in (92 x 55cm)
  • 10yd/m black fusible bias binding, ¼in (6mm) wide
  • two reels of thread to match your bias binding
  • thread to match your backing/binding fabric
  • large scraps of two different silvery/opalescent/metallic pink fabrics or similar (‘sparkle’ fabrics to decorate your design)

Finished size: approx 25 x 20in (64 x 51cm)

You will need:

  • backing/binding fabric 27 x 22in (68 x 56cm); I used mid purple
  • pale background fabric 22 x 17in (56 x 43cm); I used pale blue (you need a pale fabric so that you can see the layout diagram through it)
  • border fabric 25 x 20in (64 x 51cm); I used mid blue
  • fabric for the stems 19 x 14in (49 x 36cm); I used pale dusky pink
  • fabric for the flower heads 16 x 8in (40 x 20cm); I used creamy yellow (or, if you prefer to do each flower-head a different colour, three 5 x 8in (13 x 20cm) patches)
  • fabric for the main leaves 15 x 20in (38 x 51cm); I used pale sage green
  • fabric for the leaf details 12 x 13in (30 x 33cm); I used mid sage green
  • (optional) fabric scraps for the oval details 9 x 6in (23 x 15cm); I used mid purple
  • (optional) fabric scraps for the larger ovals 8 x 2in (20 x 5cm); I used pale purple
  • compressed wadding 27 x 22in (68 x 56cm)
  • 9yd (9m) fusible bias binding in your chosen colour, 1/4in (6mm) wide, plus matching thread

If you have any queries on the requirements list, or on any aspect of the workshop, feel free to contact me via e-mail (thelawthers@ntlworld.com, or via our website www.gaillawther.co.uk), or drop me a line at 100 Wiston Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7PS.

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