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Summer School January 2020

It’s time to turn to the relaxing part of the year. Indulge yourself with some beautiful stitching projects at Summer School at Embroidery House in January 2020. If you have never participated in a Summer School class before, now is your chance. It’s a lot of fun: Embroidery House has a relaxed holiday feel, the traffic in January is so much easier to deal with and parking is easy! Melbourne is a great place to be in January. There’s a wide variety of classes – something to suit everyone. Don’t limit yourself to applying for one class: apply for as many classes as you like.

Do you live out of Melbourne? Remember you can ask for a billet (email [email protected] or ring 03 9509 2222 before 10.12.19).

Our list is arranged by tutor’s surname. You can also download a list arranged by the start date.

 

EA-16 Designing with Collage

Tutor: Elizabeth Armstrong 
Skill level: All levels welcome
Materials fee: $10.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $106.50
Non-member: $146.00

Working with papers, fabrics and stitch. Paper collage is a very exciting medium. I like to take it a bit further and use it as a canvas for stitching into. You may wish to use it as a source of design inspiration for your textile pursuits or simply as a stitched art form in its own right. This class will provide you with confidence to paint, layer and explore themes that are close to your heart. We will  use papers as our primary medium, embellished and enhanced with fabric and stitch. We will spend time painting as well as supplementing these with anything you may like to bring from your stash – doodles, magazine clippings, stamps etc. (and don’t forget those little bits of embroidery that have never had a home). Gorgeous elements such as gold leaf will also be covered in class for that extra bit of wow. If you have been collecting beautiful bits of paper, pretty bits of stitching and tucking away your drawings and scribbles in a box they can all be included – bring them too.

Dates: Saturdays 11 and 18 January, 2020
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm

 

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CB-15 Honeycrisp Apple: A 3D Blackwork Project

Tutor: Christine Burton  
Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced level
Kit cost: $65.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $133.00
Non-member: $181.50

The Honeycrisp Apple is a princess among apple varieties, being bred for its taste: crisp, with balanced sweetness and acidity. To capture this character, variegated threads from the Weeks Dye Works range are used to stitch four different blackwork patterns, each creating texture and interest. Worked on 32 count Permin linen, lined with silk double georgette, bead and metal thread embellishments are then added to bring depth and sparkle to the project. Buttonhole stitch is whipped to hand construct seams with the addition of a felt stem and a double-sided metal threaded ‘or nue’ leaf to add the finishing touches. Your three-dimensional Honeycrisp Apple pincushion is approximately 10 centimetres in height on completion.

Dates: Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Friday 24 January, 2020.
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

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CB-12 Strawberry Delight

Tutor: Christine Burton
Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: basic kit $40.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

A reminder of sweet and sunny summer days having a picnic in the park, this fun project covers a range of stumpwork (raised embroidery) techniques. The luscious strawberries, one just ready for the picking, are stitched in needlelace over felt padding with a woven picot calyx. Detached petals create a pretty strawberry flower which is complemented with detached leaves. Using luminous silks, the design  is worked on silk dupion with a little bit of gold sparkle to give the final touch.

Dates: Sundays 5 and 12 January 2020
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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JC-11 Fauna and Flora Embroidery

Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: $15.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $45.00
Non-member: $61.50

Young, vibrant Geelong-based artist Hooray Hoop by Jo Cashmore leads a fascinating workshop into the intricate world of embroidery. Taking inspiration from the Australian native plants and animals, Jo will introduce you to her signature style of illustration embroidery art that includes a combination of drawing, watercolour and stitching.

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Date: Saturday 4 January, 2020
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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SD-17 Blackwork Biscornu Stack

Tutor: Susan Davis
Skill level: Beginners – All levels welcome
Materials fee: $13.00 for 36 count linen, if required (payable to tutor)
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Blackwork is a simple yet very versatile embroidery technique, used here to decorate a cute little set of five biscornu pincushions which, when stacked together, stand just 7cm high. The biscornus are decorated with 10 coordinating blackwork patterns, all variations on a floral theme, in a mixture of isolated motifs, border patterns and fillings.

Dates: Wednesdays 15 and 22 January, 2020
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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MH-14 Eco-printing

Tutor: Marlene Houlden
Skill level: Beginners – All levels welcome
Materials fee: $50.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

Throughout this workshop students will learn the technique of printing different leaves, flowers, vegetables and berries onto handmade felt, paper and a silk scarf.

Day 1: Wet Felting / Needle Felting and Eco Printing techniques
Participants will learn to make a small wet felted bag using pure wool processed fleece. The techniques of eco-printing will be demonstrated and students will then use fresh eucalyptus leaves to print their own bag using this process. In the afternoon participants will make two small needle felted balls using eucalyptus printed pre-felts provided by the tutor.

Day 2: Eco-printing on Silk and Paper

Participants will apply the eco-printing skills they learned on day one to print a unique design on a silk scarf. They will also use this technique to print on watercolour paper, a card and a matching envelope. In addition, solar dyeing techniques will be explained.

Dates: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 January 2020
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm

 

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SK-7 Little Wool Landscapes

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

Do you have a collection of wool fabrics or wool felt you haven’t used yet? Then this is the workshop for you to create a mini masterpiece. Think country and ocean views, the setting sun or rising moon even a city skyscape for inspiration. Using wool fabrics we will create a landscape that can be realistic or abstract. We are aiming for a finished piece about 25cm wide by 15cm deep. We will use the smallest scraps wool for colour to add texture and for felting embellishments. We will be adding embroidery, couched threads, ribbon and braids and your own handmade felted beads and cocoons. The first day we create the strata to define our landscape either by machine or hand stitching and make braids and felted embellishments. The second day we get busy putting all the elements together with lots of hand stitching. Modernised traditional stitches and more advanced stitches will be demonstrated.

Dates: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 January
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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ML-18 Briar Rose and Honeysuckle

Tutor: Margaret Light
Skill level: Intermediate – Beginners with Basic Surface Stitches
Materials fee: $75.00 full kit, $25.00 part kit
Member: $106.50
Non-member: $146.00

Printed and embroidered textiles from the Arts and Crafts period were characterised by naturalistic, symmetrical designs. This project in the Arts and Crafts style features the intertwined stems, leaves and flowers of wild roses, honeysuckle and forget-me-nots, forming an oval wreath. One-ply Gumnut Yarns Daisies in soft, natural colours are used throughout.
The finished design size is 16cm x 18cm, suitable for use as a footstool, work bag, cushion, box top or journal cover.

Dates: Sunday 19 and Monday 20 January, 2020
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm

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VL-5 An Australian Band Sampler

Tutor: Victoria Laine
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Kit cost: $110.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $114.00
Non-member: $147.00

A counted thread class on 40 count linen. Sampler measures 18cm x 85cm. It uses a very large variety of stitches and is made using Gumnut Yarns silks on Newcastle linen. The stitched work is very fine. The sampler is designed as a traditional band sampler from the 16th Century, but with an Australian floral theme.

Dates: Mondays 13 and 20 January
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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VL-9 An Australian Sampler Needlebook

Tutor: Victoria Laine
Skill level: Intermediate
Kit cost: $40.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $114.00
Non-member: $147.00

A counted thread class on 32 count linen using a large variety of stitches. This needlebook is based on the top band of Victoria’s Australian Band Sampler and represents all the beautiful state floral emblems of Australia. It measures 10cm x 20cm (unfolded) and is designed as a traditional band from a 16th Century band sampler, but with an Australian floral theme.

Dates: Thursdays 16 and 23 January
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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FMcK-13 Treasure Chest

Tutor: Freya McKee
Skill level: All levels welcome
Materials fee: $20.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Easy and fun to make, this little treasure chest can be embellished by hand, machine or both. Some basic machine sewing is involved in the construction but free machine embroidery skills aren’t necessary. Day one is play day, painting fabrics and embellishing the panels and on day two we put it all together. The material fee of $20 covers all fabrics and paints needed for the construction of the chest.

Dates: Mondays 6 and 13 January, 2020.
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

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RR-10 Building Blocks for Design

Skill level: Beginners to advanced
Kit cost: $ 20.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $54.00
Non-member: $73.50

This workshop will give you the skills to design and create your own original art quilt using simple templates, paint, fabric and embellishments such as laces, braids, sequins etc. This can then be quilted as simply or as intricately as you desire. You can  view Raylene’s work on her Facebook page and on Instagram.

Dates: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 January 2020
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm

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SS-8 Vibrant Bugs

Tutor: Sue Senewiratne
Skill level: All levels. This workshop requires a competent understanding of your sewing machine
Materials fee: $15.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $89.00
Non-member:122.00

In this workshop you will take inspiration from the amazing shapes and gorgeous colours of the insect world to create beautiful 3D textile bugs. A combination of machine and hand embroidery techniques will be used along with a variety of fabrics and embellishments to create your own gorgeous bugs. Templates will be provided for butterflies, moths, dragonfly and beetles. Familiarity with basic free machine embroidery is desirable but not essential as construction can be adapted for standard machine sewing. An introduction to free machine embroidery will be covered for those new to the technique. Your completed bugs can join the swarm to decorate The Johnson Collection in October 2020.

Dates: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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SS-6 Young and Young-at-heart Stitchers. Playing with Stitches.

Tutor: Sarah Simcock
Skill level: All levels welcome
Materials fee: $5.00 (payable to tutor)
All participants: $40.00

Are you are aged between 8 years and 108 years? Then come along and enjoy this class with Sarah. You’ll learn a few basic stitches and then use them to create a work of art. This fun day could be the beginning of your love of embroidery!

Date: Thursday 9 January, 2020.
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

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MT-1 Elizabethan Tree of Life

Tutor: Maree Talbot
Skill level: Students working on Casket Project
Kit cost: $75.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $131.50
Non-member: $171.00

This is a typical Elizabethan design with a tree of life as the central feature surrounded by an abundance of small animals, flowers and plants. The piece has been designed to complement the other panels of the casket and is stitched in Gumnut Yarn silks on a linen background.

Dates: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January, 2020.
Times: 9.00am for 9.30am start – 3.30pm

 

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MT-2 Tudor Rose Knot Garden

Tutor: Maree Talbot
Skill level: Some embroidery experience required.
Kit cost: Option 1 – $57.00, Option 2 – $77.00 (as per requirements list), payable to tutor
Member: $131.50
Non-member: $171.00

The inspiration for this workshop has come from my love of the intricate patterns and plants of the Elizabethan gardens of the 16th century, the concept of a knot garden first emerging in Elizabethan England.  Elizabethan knot gardens were designed to mimic the beautiful embroidery designs which were associated with that period in British history. This workshop allows you to recreate a typical knot garden using techniques and stitches from the Elizabethan period.  There are two options to this workshop:

Option one: Knot garden, top design only.
Option two: Knot Garden box comprising of embroidered top and four sides to be made into a box.

Dates: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 January
Times: 9.00am for 9.30am start – 3.30pm

 

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MT-3 Elizabethan Lion Panel

Tutor: Maree Talbot
Skill level: Students who have been working on the Elizabethan Casket. Members of the original Casket Group will be given preference on this class.
Kit cost: $65.00 or $96.00. (Payable to tutor)
Member: $183.00
Non-member: $243.00

The inspiration for this workshop came from Maree’s love of the embroideries of animals and plants of the Elizabethan period. The embroidery is stitched in Gumnut Yarn silk threads on 55 count Kingston linen. The panel features a lion stitched in needlelace surrounded by flowers, plants, insects and small creatures. This workshop aims to teach you the complexities of stitching animals and learning to shape them so they seem three-dimensional and life-like.

Dates: Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January
Times: 9.00am for 9.30am start – 3.30pm

 

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MT-4 Elizabethan Panel: Inside Lid

Tutor: Maree Talbot
Skill level: Some embroidery experience
Kit cost: $70.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $131.50
Non-member: $171.00

The panel features an espaliered tree surrounded by a geometrical design in a variety of gold stitches designed to reflect the Elizabethan period. The piece was designed for embroiderers wanting to learn and expand their knowledge of Elizabethan embroidery stitches.

Dates: Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 January
Times: 9.00am for 9.30am start – 3.30pm

 

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MT-19 Peacock and Pomegranate

Tutor: Maree Talbot
 Skill level: All levels welcome|
Kit cost: $54.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $131.50
Non-member: $171.00

This design features a peacock sitting on a branch displaying his magnificent tail feathers, surrounded by a pomegranate, butterfly and caterpillar. This piece has been designed as an introductory piece for anyone wanting to experience Elizabethan embroidery. It is stitched in Gumnut Yarns Stars silk and DMC Coton a Broder on a 25 count linen background, the piece uses stitches and techniques from this period. Stitches used: buttonhole stitch, detached buttonhole stitch, chain stitch, heavy chain stitch, fly stitch, crosshatching, satin stitch.

This class is being taught on the same dates as the ‘Elizabethan Panel’ – Maree is teaching two projects on the same days.

Dates: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January, 2020.
Times: 9.00am for 9.30am start – 3.30pm

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