Kate loves to design her own embroidery kits using traditional techniques in a contemporary way. She also likes to combine her embroidery with her love of historical dress, creating kits based on original pieces. Her classes can cover all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to more advanced stitchers and her style of delivery leads to a very calm atmosphere conducive to deep learning.
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UK timezone: 11-12 May 2022 (9-3pm UK time)
N.American timezone: 9-10 May 2022 (4-10pm UK time)
This diminutive design is inspired by the floral needlework style popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. Shakespeare referred to these pretty flowers as Love-in-Idleness and mentioned them often in his writing. Our little Pansy is worked on a silk duchess satin ground using twisted silk threads, gilt passing thread and spangles.
Needlelace stitches with bordered turns are combined with couched passing threads and closed fly stitches to create the pretty flower before adding an Elizabethan double looped edging.
Day 1, session 1: Frame up, begin needlelace
Day 1, session 2: Continue needlelace, begin couching
Day 2, session 1: Begin Elizabethan edging, add spangles.
Day 2, session 2: Finish stitching and make up into brooch
Length: 2 days
Class fee: £380 including kit
Silk duchess satin, calico, needles, Deveres silk threads, Gutermann sewing threads, gilt smooth passing, spangles, brooch pin, instruction booklet
Needlelace, couching, surface stitching, gathering the finished embroidery around the brooch base, slip stitching the backing to the brooch
6 inch embroidery frame, embroidery and goldwork scissors. A lamp and magnifier will be helpful and the threads are fine and the stitches quite small, beeswax
7cm x 4.5cm (2¾ x 1¾ in)
20 x 20 cm (7¾ x 7¾ in)
UK Time Zone: 6-8 May 2021
US Time Zone: 14-16 May 2021
Using beautiful silk floss threads you will create this little stork that has been inspired by a pair of embroidered 17th century gauntlet gloves in the V&A museum in London. He stands on a hillock of blue laidwork and is surrounded by silk flowers, gilt tendrils and gilt cutwork leaves. Tiny spangles are added for extra sparkle before adding a frame of looped and cutwork corner decorations.