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Garden Gnome Workshop - Video Tutorial

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Learn how to build three dimensional base structures to create fun fabric sculptures.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create a gorgeous little gnome for your home or garden. As one of my most popular traditional workshops, you are sure to enjoy it just as much from the comfort of your own home.

You will be shown how to build a base structure for your gnome, which could be easily adapted for other projects. You will learn how to work with different fabrics and a fabric hardener on a three dimensional structure to create your gnome as well as how to add embellishments. I will also share my colouring technique for applying colours that will really enhance all your textures and add depth through shading.

Your finished gnome will stand approximately 20 - 25cm tall.

When I run this as a traditional workshop, it normally lasts around 3 hours. This allows time for me to demonstrate all of the techniques used and for participants to complete their gnomes. My online videos are condensed versions of my workshops and hence the videos are shorter than the usual session. Don't worry, they still include all of the information, demonstrations and teaching aspects of my workshops just minus the extra time for participants to complete each stage. Please pause and replay the video as much as you need to allow you the additional time required to complete your own garden gnome.

Music by Bensounds

Garden Gnome Workshop - Complete Online Tutorial by Curiously Contrary

Garden Gnome Workshop - Complete Online Tutorial by Curiously Contrary

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Materials Needed:​

  • Fabric Hardener (i.e. Powertex, Paverpol, Sculptin)

  • Fabrics (natural fibre) - cotton lace, t-shirt, stockinette polishing cloth, wool yarn

  • Embellishments - wooden buttons

  • Plastic plate (or something to pour the fabric hardener into when working with it)

  • Flat brush

  • Gloves

  • Aluminium Foil

  • 10cm polystyrene egg

  • Powdered Artist Pigments - I used red, blue, white pigments and bronze mica powder

  • Water-based varnish

  • Paper palette (or something to mix paint on)

  • Kitchen roll

Materials in purple are provided in my Garden Gnome Project Kit.

Materials in orange are provided in my Fabric Sculpting Starter Kits.

If you do not have the exact fabrics and embellishments listed, you can of course use alternatives and adapt your project to suit what you have available. However, please ensure fabrics are natural fibre rather than synthetic, especially if you will be putting your gnome outside. Wooden embellishments are most robust for outdoors.

I have used a brown fabric hardener and the pigments listed but you can of course use your own choice of base colour and pigments.

It is advisable to wear an apron and to protect your work surface with a plastic cover/tablecloth as this can be quite a messy craft.

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