ERTF Conference 17th October 2020

Guest speaker: Kathleen Laurel Sage

How textiles shaped my life

Workshop leader: Kathleen Laurel Sage

Colour-washed & surface-stitched garden memories

About Kathleen

Kathleen Laurel Sage is a freelance designer and embroiderer who produces a wide range of textile works, ranging from traditional items through to 3 dimensional pieces in machine embroidery and stump work.

Kathleen is particularly well known for teaching classes on how to use soldering irons, heat tools and organza to create floral panels.


The countryside landscape as well as the flowers and foliage in her own garden inspire a great deal of her designs. She has commented that she has a passion for “flowering floral and leaf designs featured strongly on the ceiling moulds, carvings, tiles and masonry of many of our English country houses with their idyllic designed gardens”.

This passion can be seen in her work where she uses machine stitching to recreate the designs she loves and then turns them into 3D structures, fashion accessories and wall hangings.

Embroidered, Soldered and heat Zapped Surfaces

In 2014, Kathleen published her first book Embroidered, Soldered and Heat Zapped Surfaces. The book teaches readers how to use unconventional materials and tools to produce 3D designs.

17 October 2020 ERTF Workshop

The workshop will encompass another of Kathleen’s interests, which is captured in her book The Secret Garden. Hand painted background, enhanced with embroidery stitches along with various mixed techniques to produce a walk through the garden.

We will each collect our own set of garden images to create a painted background, which will then be enhanced using stitch and mixed media to create our own little garden.

Further details, including the booking form, will follow nearer the time.


For a list of workshop requirements, please click here – workshop requirements

Members and Non-members welcome

Any queries, please contact Carole Nicholls.