Straight Stitches to Inspire

With Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, Double Trouble

On Demand Workshop & Interview

Available to watch until 11:59pm GMT 28th May 2021.

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Purchase the on-demand workshop with Jan & Jean and get free access to the Q&A that took place in January.

This exclusive on-demand session is available from today! For just £25, you will receive access to a special workshop presented by Jan Beaney and Jean LittleJohn and access to an on demand session of an exclusive Q&A with the duo that took place on the 13th January 2021. 

About Straight Stitches to Inspire

Jan and Jean will inspire the student to Look, Experiment, Design and Stitch.  

Trees are a timeless, inspirational source of texture, colour and pattern and are accessible to all. Jan and Jean have devised a special workshop for the Knitting & Stitching Show. They have each developed an idea and design based on the tree theme. They will talk about processes and materials, threads and fabrics throughout the session. Their individual works will be shown through all the stages from design to completion using bonded applique and hand stitching. Straight stitch, but not as you may know it, will be explored and exploited. It will end with a gallery of their work incorporating these techniques. As usual, their classes will be informative and they will share their enjoyment of stitch.

Materials you will need:

Many of the materials required for this class can be found at Art Van Go.

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Bookers will receive full joining instructions and a session materials list. 

You will need:

Stitches 1
  • Easy to stitch into background fabric
  • Variety of threads and knitting wools (not textured). Thick to thin.
  • A close-up image of a tree
  • Range of Chenille needles.
  • Frame (optional)
  • Small scraps of fabric that tone with your threads
  • A small piece of bondaweb

  • Choose colours to reflect or exaggerate your chosen image.

Advance preparation

Look up tree references, as for example those painted by the Impressionists/Klimt/Mondrian/Munch etc.

Access to the session

The on demand recording of the workshop and Q&A will be sent to bookers at point of purchase and access information will be provided as part of your Box Office confirmation email. This recording is available to watch again on demand until 11:59pm GMT on 28th May 2021.

About the Tutors: Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn

Jan and Jean are internationally known textile artists, authors and lecturers. They have exhibited and sold their textiles around the world. They have always encouraged their students to understand their processes but to develop an individual style. They share a passion for stitch in its many forms which they combine with mixed media as an approach to their personal work.

They are the creative force behind their company, Double Trouble Enterprises and they sell through this outlet the many books and DVDs that they have written and produced.

They can be seen at

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