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April Classes

We will be back in full swing in 2018 with Di Fisher’s English Garden Band Sampler Classes, amongst other exciting classes offered.

Di Fisher is a tutor from the Embroiders Guild, South Australia. Some Guild members are in the process of stitching this stunning Band Sampler with Di at Embroidery House. When she returns to Melbourne to continue their journey she will also be starting a new group of students. The Sampler is taught two bands at a time, it uses a wide variety of complex stitches and metal thread stitches using silk and metal thread. Filling stitches are 17th Century inspired.

All students who submitted an ‘expression of interest’ are now invited to send in an application for this class,. Anyone else who would now like to apply for this class is also invited to submit their application.

Closing date for applications is February 15, 2018.

DF-30 An English Garden Band Sampler: Band 1

Skill level: Advanced
Kit cost: Approx. $80.00 (payable to tutor), plus $5 for class notes
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

The first band in this sampler is a 17th Century arcaded band pattern with a twisted border enclosing a red rose, Love-in-a-mist flowers, Heartsease or Pansies, little pink flowers and acorns. The pattern is worked in a number of counted stitches typical of 17th Century embroidery. The first band measures 20 x 9cms.

Dates: Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Di Fisher

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DF-31 An English Garden Band Sampler: Band 2

Skill level: Advanced
Materials fee: $5 for class notes plus $6 -$7 (approx.) for 1 skein au ver a soie thread (payable to tutor)
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

The second band in this sampler features a pot or vase containing a rose and two irises, and stems of grapes or ‘wands’ on an arcaded band. Above and below there are two small strawberry patterns.

Dates: Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Di Fisher

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DF-32 An English Garden Band Sampler: Band 3

Skill level: Advanced – Students from Group 1
Materials fee: TBA, $5 for class notes (payable to tutor)
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

Eight-pointed star pattern with acorns, oak leaves, borage flowers and strawberries. This pattern has been adapted, with kind permission, from a pattern on a polychrome band sampler in the collection of Margriet Hogue (Plate 11 of ‘Some honest worke in hand…’ English Samplers from the Seventeenth Century’). Instructions will also be given for the small floral pattern stitched above this band pattern.

Dates: Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Di Fisher

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DF-33 An English Garden Band Sampler: Band 4

Skill level: Advanced – Students from Group 1
Materials fee: TBA, $5 for class notes (payable to tutor)
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

Honeysuckle Band Pattern. This band features a honeysuckle and grape trellis with roses, acorns and birds. The outlines of this pattern were generally stitched in back stitch with some examples having other stitches as occasional fillings. I have re-interpreted the pattern using 17th Century counted embroidery stitches. Instructions will also be given for the small pomegranate pattern stitched above this band pattern.

Dates: Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Di Fisher

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BMcK-34 Traditional Mountmellick with an Initial

Skill level: All levels welcome
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

We have had many requests for this timeless embroidery technique. Now here is your opportunity to learn the stitches and technique of the beautiful, rich, textured Mountmellick Embroidery. Using a letter of the student’s choice, i.e prior to the class, students decide on a letter of the alphabet and the tutor will design around that chosen letter similar to the sample ‘B’.

Dates: Saturdays, April 7 and 21
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Beriniece McKenzie

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LO’S-35 Boro – The Japanese Slow Stitch

Skill level: No previous experience required
Kit cost: $40.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $45.00
Non-member: $60.50

This class is ideal for those looking for skills to add to their creative repertoire.

The Japanese word boro can be translated to ‘rags’ but there is so much more meaning and history hidden within the threads and stitches of these patched textiles. Leanne will show the tradition of stitching boro in this informative and enjoyable class as participants bring new life to recycled cloth. The morning begins with Leanne presenting some of her personal collection of antique Japanese boro pieces from bedding to farm clothes as we talk about their history including why and how they were made. The afternoon continues as Leanne guides the class in hand-stitching a variety of Japanese cloth including vintage indigo dyed kimono swatches and embellishing with visible mending as practised in traditional Japanese boro techniques.

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Leanne O’Sullivan (Kimono House)

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NT-36 Bobbin Lace

Skill level: Beginners and above
Members: $177.00
Non-members: $243.00

We have had requests for an extended course on Bobbin Lace, giving participants extra lessons and time to really get a good grasp on skills. This class is for beginners and on-going students wanting to learn the techniques of bobbin lace. Torchon is an ideal lace for beginners. It is a stepping stone to the making of many other types of bobbin lace. Over the lessons, you will learn a variety of stitches and produce beautiful pieces of lace. Making bobbin lace requires concentration and so while learning to make lace all other worries and problems melt into the background. It is a delightfully therapeutic hobby and the reward for your hard work is the pleasure in the finished pieces. (NB. This is a technique class, the photo is only an indication of the technique being taught)

Dates: Thursdays, April 26, May 3, 10, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: 10.00am -12.30pm
Tutor: Norma Turner

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