6 week embroidery workshop starting Friday 25th September 7pm – 9pm 2020
Discover the wonderful art of Embroidery on this six week course. Each week will feature a different technique to master this popular craft and everything we do is worked BY HAND, no machine are used at all. Which means this course is suitable for absolute beginners to embroidery and all projects can be completed at home with very little equipment.
Friday 25th September
On this first session you will receive two embroidery hoops, a selection of needles and threads and a lovely pair of embroidery scissors. These will be yours to keep so don’t forget to bring them on each session.
To start off our six weeks of embroidery, we will be learning how to transfer a pattern to fabric, how to mount our fabric in a hoop and how to do 4 basic embroidery stitches. We will have completed a mini sampler by the end of the session.
Friday 2nd October
In this session we will have a quick recap of week one, then using our embroidery hoop we will be exploring colour and texture by using hand applique combined with our basic stitches to create a small botanical scene.
Friday 9th October
In this session we will move away from using our embroidery hoop and will learn how to transfer a pattern to felt. We will be making small fox brooch which will be embellished with two new embroidery stitches and beaded embroidery work.
Friday 16th October
In this session we will be picking up our hoops again to learn the Japanese stitching style of ‘Sashiko’ and then comparing it to the western version ‘Chicken Scratch’. Both styles are relaxing and meditative ways to embroider.
Friday 23rd October
In this session we will be introducing you to the traditional patchwork technique of English paper piecing or EPP. English Paper Piecing is shaping fabric around a paper template and hand stitching the shapes together to create a fabric piece that can turned into many projects. We will be doing the addictive little ‘hexie’ shape. It is just perfect for using up fabric scraps and each hexie can be hand embellished further if wanted.
Friday 30th October
On our last session we will be learning the art of cross stitch, we will read a counted pattern and then stitch our way through a simple design. Cross stitch differs from standard embroidery in that it is worked on a ‘even weave’ which means the fabric is woven to make sure that there are the same number of threads per inch in both the warp and the weft (i.e. vertically and horizontally). This leaves perfect little squares in your fabric, into which we stitch little ‘crosses’. It is a slightly more controlled way of stitching.
After completing this detailed 6 week course you will be well on your way to becoming very confident in hand embroidery.