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February Classes 2020

February classes at Embroidery House cater for beginners, more experienced stitchers and anyone wanting to play with new techniques. PLUS another Diamond Jubilee Sampler workshop.

Learn a highly textured surface stitch style: Mountmellick embroidery.

Learn how to string pearls and beads.

Learn needlelace edges (beginners and advanced).

Learn or revise your basic stitches.

YS-22 Mountmellick Embroidery

Tutor: Yvette Stanton
Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: TBA payable to tutor
Member: $131.50
Non-member: $171.50

Mountmellick embroidery is a highly textured form of whitework embroidery, originating from the town of Mountmellick in Ireland, and using floral motifs and heavily knotted and padded stitches. The plants featured are traditionally those that grew in the township of Mountmellick itself, such as oak, blackberry, dog rose, and ivy.

The following features are regarded as being characteristic of Mountmellick work:

  • it is worked in white matte (no shine) thread on white cotton satin jean fabric.
  • the shapes are big and bold and usually floral – the leaves and flowers are usually at least life-size, if not larger.
  • it has a buttonholed edge, usually with a knitted fringe attached. Lace is not used.
  • it is highly textured with many knotted and padded stitches employed.
  • there is no openwork, such as eyelets.

Come and enjoy a weekend of stitching this traditional form of embroidery under Yvette’s exceptional knowledge and guidance.

Dates: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February, 2020
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm


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CMcP-21 Pearl and Bead Knotting

Tutor: Claudine McPherson

Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: TBA payable to tutor
Member: $27.50
Non-member: $37.5o

Have you ever wanted to be able to string pearls or beads like the professionals? In this class with Claudine you will learn exactly how it’s done, and at the end of the afternoon you will take home a necklace of beautiful freshwater pearls. Claudine’s class was recommended by two of our members who attended one of her classes – and loved it!

Date: Saturday February 22, 2020
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm


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DB-20 Needlelace Edges

Tutor: Denise Bell
Skill level: Beginners plus extension
Materials fee: $20.00 payable to tutor
Member: $89.00.  Non-member: $122.00

Needlelace edges are the perfect finishing touch to any number of embroidered items. Learn how to make these attractive edges and use them to enhance your needlebooks, pincushions, embroidered mats, etc. This class is suitable for beginners, and extension work will be taught to those who have previously attended a class or have experience in making simple needlelace edges. Students will experience the use of different types of threads for the edges.

Dates: Wednesdays February 5 and 19, 2020
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Denise Bell

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ST-53 Let’s get started and stitch!

Tutor: Sheryl Turton
Skill level:
All levels welcome
Sundays November 3 and 24, 2019
10.00am – 3.00pm

Get inspired to learn some basic embroidery stitches to get you moving on your stitching journey! In this two-day class you will learn many simple stitches from the various groups of stitches: flat stitches, chained stitches, knotted stitches etc. We will also cover the different types of needles and their uses, and we will look at a variety of different and beautiful embroidery threads.

This class is ideal for the absolute beginner, for those wanting to brush up on forgotten skills, or for someone with a little knowledge of stitching but not sure how to move to the next step.



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DJS-2 Diamond Jubilee Sampler – Workshop 2

Tutors: The Diamond Jubilee Sampler Design Team
Skill Level:
All levels welcome
Saturday February 29, 2020
Times: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Non-members: Open to EGV members only.
No enrolment is required.
No need to book in, just front up on the day for as long as you need.

This is another wonderful members-only Diamond Jubilee Sampler Workshop. It’s available for all members on Saturday February 29. There will be a different emphasis at each of the three 2020 workshops; by the last any difficulties that you may encounter should be overcome. No need to book – you can arrive and leave when it suits you.

In this workshop here will be a focus on the Drawn Thread technique for those who would like to know more.

As well you’ll be able to view examples of the Diamond Jubilee Sampler as being worked by the design team as well as the complementary Smalls projects.

If you are yet to start your sampler, you can work with a member of the Sampler Design Team on your Sampler Stitch Plan and Guide to work out what is right for you.

If creating your own Small project is your preference, then consult with a member of the Sampler Design Team on the right combination of Sampler Band and Small project to get started.

Members of the Sampler Design Team will be on hand to support you, making this lovely sampler achievable by all.

Two more workshops have been programmed throughout 2020. Mark these dates in your calendar:
Sunday May 24, 2020.
Sunday August 30, 2020.


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