Squirrel Textile Sculpture with Bryony Rose Jennings – *New 2022



In this 2-day workshop we will each produce our own unique textile squirrel sculpture; creating form and exploring construction with wire, fabric, and stuffing.

In a unique approach to sculpting we will wrap, layer and hand stitch fabric using wire armature where necessary to realise our ideas.

As the squirrels take shape, a personality begins to emerge. We will experiment with different ways of using fabrics; to add colour and texture, build character and suggest expression using basic sewing and wire work techniques.

Day 1
9.30am – Meet and Greet, Settling in. Look at reference materials. Gathering fabrics, choosing a palette. Cut out basic pattern.
10am – 12.15pm : Create a body, stuffing, sculpting with stitch.
12.15pm – 1pm : Lunch Break
1pm – 4.00pm : Add facial features (eyes, ears, nose, suggest mouth)
4.30pm-5.00pm : Taking a step back, looking at our progress, re-organising and gathering fabrics ready for day 2.

Day 2
9.30am – 12.15pm : Adding limbs, and tails structure
12.15pm – 1pm : Lunch Break
1pm – 4.30pm : Adding fabric and detail to build personality and character, Stitching fabrics to our sculpture to create the final skin. Adding finishing touches, looking at presentation, whether the sculpture will be freestanding or fixed.
4.30pm -5pm : Tidy up, collect any fabrics we might want to take to add finishing touches to our sculptures at home.
An opportunity to take some photo’s of our creations.

Additional information


29th July and 30th July 2022



Materials Supplied:

       A large selection of reclaimed and vintage fabrics

  • Copper wire and Aluminium Sculpting Wire
  • A range of haberdashery bits and embellishments
  • Glass eyes and beads
  • Florists Tape in a range of colours
  • Embroidery Threads
  • Upholstery Threads
  • Upholstery needles

Student Material list:

Bryony provides lots of materials and ephemera, and everything you need to complete a sculpture will be available. You do not have to bring anything with you.

However if you would like to use some of your
own fabrics and bits and bobs in addition, the following list is a guide to what may come in useful.

  • A selection of fabrics that you would like to use to cover your sculpture. These can be small scraps or larger pieces. A mixture of patterned fabrics, plain fabrics and a variety of textures will be helpful.
  • Any found objects or ephemera that you could use for the features of your animal. Marbles, Buttons, Beads, Old Jewellery and watch pieces can work well for eyes, beaks and claws.
  • Consider how you would like to present your sculpture, it can be freestanding, or you could display it mounted on a plaque or using some form of stand – twigs and branches, domestic objects, blocks of wood. Please bring anything you might like to use as a method of displaying your sculpture.
  • Polyester Stuffing. – I use very cheap pillows for stuffing, toy stuffing or wadding can also be used. 1 pillows worth will be plenty.
  • A selection of sewing needles, embroidery needles that are sharp, sturdy and long will be most useful.
  • Needles will be provided, but it’s nice to have your own to choose from.

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