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english paper piecing

Inventions with Fabric

An introduction to English Paper Piecing

A workshop with the artist and men's tailor Carolin Krop
Inventions with Fabric
An introduction to English Paper Piecing
A workshop
with the artist and men's tailor Carolin Kropff

What is English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing is a historic patchwork and quilting technique that dates back to the 1770s.


It involves using a paper template, often a hexagonal, around which a slightly larger piece of fabric is stitched. However, free shapes can also be cut. The paper is used to give stability to the piece of fabric. The individual pieces are then sewn together by hand. Individual fabric inventions are created in this way. (Hexagons cannot be sewn by machine.) The paper pieces are removed after they are sewn together and can be reused.


There are stories of soldiers in WW1 that for necessary blankets left the paper stencils in the patches as an extra warming bolster


The fascinating background of patchwork and quilting is one of countless stories about life experiences and necessities, life in community, traditions, and individual innovations. They are an expression of art, craftivism or traditionally a product of high technical skill and deliberate improvisation.


Coming soon.
6 spots
Registration here.

45,- EUR
Reduced for Quilting Bee and Liebe Deine Kleider members : 25,- EUR
All necessary materials and fabrics will be provided. Some tea and pastries will provide us with the necessary energy.

No previous skills are necessary. The handling of needle and thread and the desire to experiment are helpful. Everyone is welcome!


In the three-hour workshop you will learn how to efficiently cut the necessary hexagonal paper templates, how to stitch the pieces of fabric to the paper and how to sew them together by hand. You will get insider tips on how to handle needle, thread and sewing thimble.  I will suggest methods to create a design for a large piece of fabric from the many individual pieces and what alternatives you have besides the classic hexagon template and how you can apply your own designs.

By the end of the workshop, you will have a good idea of the possibilities offered by this centuries-old stitching tradition and will be prepared to apply and expand on what you have learned for your own projects.

Kunstkurse in Frankfurt, Malerei, Acrylmalereikurse, Ölmalereiunterricht, Malen lernen im Atelier, Ölmalerei, Quilltkurse, Freies Quillten,  Textilkunst lernen, Textilgestaltung, Textile Surface Design Kurse und Workshops im Künstleratelier Frankfurt, Studio Space Lange Strasse 31, Patchworken , Malen auf Stoff, Drucken auf Stoff, Monotypie im Atelier, Lange Strasse 31. Für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene.

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