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Master Class Information

There is currently no master class on offer.
Congratulations to the graduates of our last master class:
Metal Thread, tutored by Alison Cole.



A lengthy course (at least 12 months, often longer, and up to two years) to allow reasonably experienced stitchers to develop superior skills in both a technique and in design. Anyone successfully completing a master class can be considered an expert. The course requires a commitment to considerable work between classes, and assessment is continuous throughout the course. Students present homework and samples at each session for evaluation. Please note: not all students pass.


  1. Understanding of materials: fabrics and threads appropriate to the technique.
  2. Understanding of equipment appropriate to the technique.
  3. Colour theory in general terms.
  4. Aspects of design, sufficient to allow the students to design their samplers and major pieces.
  5. Stitches and their application as required.
  6. Finishing techniques appropriate to the items embroidered.

On the first day of the course students are given a written outline of the course, including dates of classes, basic syllabus content for each class, homework deadlines, type of folio required and date for finished work to be presented. Items in this document will be verbally reinforced at each lesson.


  1. A folio of class notes, including any tutor handouts.
  2. An essay or history as determined by the tutor. The number of words will vary according to the technique. A bibliography will be included.
  3. Reviews of three exhibitions, not necessarily textile exhibitions.
  4. Folio of inspirations for design, eg. Advertisements, wallpaper, fabric, magazine articles, greeting cards, internet images etc.
  5. Samplers as set by the tutor.
  6. Bibliography on stitches and technique.
  7. Three major pieces designed and worked by the student.
  8. A display of all work. At the close of the course, students must set up a display of their work, including major pieces, samplers, folios, written work and any other coursework.

Major pieces need not be large but they do need to show a thorough understanding of the technique, and demonstrate three distinct variations. For example, whitework might include a piece of Hardanger, a piece of pulled thread and a piece of drawn thread. In the case of crewel embroidery, the three major pieces might demonstrate the work done in three different eras of crewel work, eg. Jacobean, William Morris and Deerfield. In the case of patchwork, the tutor may stipulate one piece of patchwork, one piece of appliqué and one piece of whole cloth quilting.

The finishing and mounting must also show that the student is proficient in finishing techniques. No more than one piece may be professionally mounted or finished.

Assessment will be continuous throughout the course. Students must present homework/samples at each session for evaluation by the tutor.

At the end of the course, students are required to set up a display of their work as outlined above.

A written assessment is given to students, and a list of successful students is forwarded to the Education Committee.


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