CB-34 Curious Needle-works (UK Tutor)
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced stitchers
Kit: (payable to tutor) TBA
This course is for everyone that loves to stitch, who loves to play with stitches and is curious about stitches in the past, and how they developed, how they were passed on from embroiderer to embroiderer. In the late C16 and early C17 amateur embroiderers used relatively simple stitches in ingenious ways to create ‘curious needle-works’, a huge vocabulary of effects based on one or two basic stitches using coloured silks and metal threads. This stitch-based course will take a structured approach to exploring these stitches. Students will create a notebook based on the great variety of stitches and effects derived from detached buttonhole stitch, the main coloured silkworm stitch of the Elizabethans and early Stuarts. The course will cover the whole range of detached buttonhole stitches: flat to three dimensional, attached to the fabric, free of the fabric, covering the ground to open needlelace.
Dates: Saturday 20, Sunday 21, Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 May
Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Chris Berry
Chris will also be presenting an evening lecture at Embroidery House
Sunday May 21, entitled ‘Many a Slip…‘
Embroidery slips were very popular items in historical embroidery from the Middle Ages onward. This illustrated lecture traces their history, design sources, stitches and techniques, concentrating on C16 and C17 examples.
Date: Sunday 21
Entry fee: $10.00
Start time: 5.00pm
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