Zoom Project: ‘Strip!’ – A Textile Wall Hanging

5.00 out of 5
3 customer reviews


Create a gorgeous, original ‘Strip’ textile wall hanging at home during the winter, mentored via group zoom sessions and FB private group page.


An abstract Strip textile wall hanging no smaller than A3. Shape and size and inspiration decided by you.
Inspiration can come from landscapes, seascapes, town scapes or fields of flowers.
Starting point: You can approach this two ways:
Either let the fabrics you have in your stash lead you and literally make up a colour study of strips.  OR
choose a photograph/combination of a couple and use as your initial inspiration.
Students will achieve very individual art works but all with the same method of layering torn strips of fabric.
The idea is to use fabrics that you already have in your stash so need to go out and buy. You will be working on a base of calico or cotton and you will need Vilene to stabilise.  See requirements tab for basic list.
This course is designed to be taken at your own pace but the group zoom sessions will give you something to work towards and I found they have worked very well alongside a group FB page where you can communicate with me and your fellow Zoom students.
The course focuses on colour combinations, composition and texture all achieved with innovative ways of using the free motion foot, decorative machine stitches and Bondaweb.
Participant number will be limited to ten per Zoom Session.
  • Timeline: I will email course outline and invite you to a Pinterest Board for inspiration and ideas. Upon booking you will also be invited to a private Facebook group page in preparation for the project. This will be up long after our two sessions so you can continue to ask for feedback on there – encourage each other and help each other out also.
  • Email me photos / ideas prior to the day so I can share and provide feedback on the first zoom session.  I will send you zoom attendance code – you will need to download Zoom on PC/Laptop prior to the first session.
  • Zoom session One : 1.30pm : A 1 -1.5 hour question and answer session to get everyone started.
  • 4 weeks to work on project in own time. No need to complete by 2nd session.
  • Feedback/communication via FB page throughout the five weeks.
  • Zoom Session Two : 1.30pm: 1-1.5hr follow up/feedback session…individual advice how to finish/mount/hang.
  • Use FB page for continued support /feedback if required.

Additional information


2nd Dec 2020 and 20th January 2021, 22nd March and 12th April 2021


Materials: Calico or cotton to back.
Vilene under Calico to stabilise.
2 metres Bondaweb possibly more if you want to paint.
Textured wallpapers  – if you want to incorporated little strips amongst the fabric.
Lumiere paints – only if you have them.
An assortment of fabrics in your chosen colours – anything goes but my suggestion would be to choose your colour ‘family’ first.
Examples of fabrics: Commercial cottons with a little pattern in, plain space dyed silk / cotton, Batiks.  Upholstery fabrics are too thick for this project but you can always sample first if unsure. You can add hand stitched yarns/scrim further down the line for a little texture .
Dipping into your dyed stash would be wonderful – if you find (as so often the case!) you haven’t got the right colours you could spend some time dying your own…or like me you are ‘lockdown lazy’ you can try Microwave dyes.You can mix them and get some fantastic vibrant colours – especially on habitai silk or fine cotton.

3 reviews for Zoom Project: ‘Strip!’ – A Textile Wall Hanging

  1. 5 out of 5


    A throughly enjoyable project and I would recommend this to anyone who is :
    ‘learning to ride a bike but just a bit unsure about taking the stabilisers off completely’.
    Alex will set you off with some ideas, and will keep you on track via zoom meetings. You can use her for advice and support as much or as little during this time. There were about 8 in our virtual group, so we were able to share ideas and progress with each other too.
    In this project, you decide what you use for inspiration (I chose my lounge rug *), you choose your colours and fabric from your own ‘stash’ at home.
    In my opinion, it is a great project for developing your design and textile skills’ . Thanks Denise x

    • Alex

      Thank you Stocker x

  2. 5 out of 5


    Initially had no idea how to approach this project and get started, but after the first zoom session it made sense. Alex’s explication and notes were clear and was in hand to help get me started. I found a couple of pictures for inspiration and the started ripping fabric and stitching. It was amazing what I created out of scraps of fabric, machine embroidery and help from Alex. Don’t let the fact this course is virtual – it really works well and I loved it.

    • Alex

      Thank you Penny x

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juliet (verified owner)

    This was a lovely project to do. Alex, as usual, made everything very easy and clear and it has been great fun, even on Zoom! You do not need to be a wiz on the sewing machine and the final results from our group have all been amazing. Virtual is definitely not a problem and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone

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