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Mandy Ewing​

Mandy Ewing

United Kingdom

Mandy completed her Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship in 1995 then continued, firstly as a tutor and then as Studio manager, overseeing a wide variety of royal and other commissions, including the needlework on the then Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, two joint projects with Phillipa: creating a lectern fall for the 350 year anniversary of The Broderer’s Guild and an embroidered woolsack for the Golden Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Mandy's depth of knowledge and ability to teach technique to all levels of embroiderer is remarkable.

Mandy's May 2022 Festival Workshops

Shakespeare's Sweetebag

UK timezone: 11-13 May 2022 (9am-3pm UK time)
N.American timezone: 2-4 May 2022 (4-10pm UK time)

This exquisite red sweetebag is worked in beautiful silk threads in yellow, greens and pinks with gold twist and gold spangles through out on a rich deep pink silk fabric. The flowers and rosehips are embroidered in Long & Short Shading, Satin Stitch and Split Stitch. The gold twist is then couched, forming the stems and outlining the flowers and rosehips. Gold spangles are scattered though out the design and couched in place.

The inspiration for the design is from a 1560-1600 sweetebag in the Shakespeare’s Birthplace TrustThe SBT is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. A percentage of each sale supports the vital care and conservation of The Shakespeare Houses and the treasures in the Trust’s Collection, including the inspiration for this design.

Course outline:
Day 1 – Session 1: Introduction, framing up and yellow flower. Session 2: Yellow bud
Day 2 – Session 1: Rosehips. Session 2: Leaves
Day 3 – Session 1: Twist. Session 2: spangles, recap

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level:
Intermediate

Class Price: £640 including kit

Kit Includes:
Silk fabric with design printed on applied to a calico fabric, no:60 silk DeVere threads, gold twist no: 1, 3mm gold spangles, no:9 embroidery needles, no:24 chenille needles

Techniques: 
Long & Short Shading, Couching, Split Stitch and Satin Stitch

Equipment required:
Slate frame 24 inch (61 cm) with 31 inch arms (81.5cm), thimble (if you like to use one), embroidery scissors

Design size:
16 x 19 cm (6¼ x 7½ in)

Fabric size:
30 x 40 cm (11¾ x 15¾ in)

UK timezone: 7-8 May 2022 (9am-3pm UK time)
N.American timezone: 5-6 May 2022 (4-10pm UK time)

These 2 energetic and enthusiastic dogs are embroidered with beautiful DeVere silks on a “biscuity” coloured silk fabric. The dogs are worked in french knots and stumpwork needlelace techniques

Course outline:
Day 1, session 1: Introduction, needlelace for the dog.
Day 1, session 2: French knots for back dog.
Day 2, session 1: Needlelace collar and ear
Day 2, session 2: Needlelace dog and collar. Apply beads for eyes, couch down gimp. Recap of what we have done.

Practical information

Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 days

Class Price: £360 including kit

Kit Includes:
Silk DeVere threads, gimp thread, beads, silk fabric with design printed on and applied to a calico fabric, No:24 tapestry needles, No:9 embroidery needles.

Techniques: 
French knots, 2 different Needlelace stitches, Couching. beads for the eyes

Equipment required:
Ring frame, scissors, thimble (if you like to use one), pencil

Design size:
7 x 5cm (2¾ x 2 in.)

Fabric size:
17 x 15 cm (6¾ x 6 in.)

Mandy's January 2022 Festival Workshops

Shakespeare's Stag

Time Zone 1: 15-16 January 

This beautiful Stag is based on a motif found on an unfinished Elizabethan Coif in the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust Collection. Mandy will teach you the historic stitches required to create your Stag which, once finished, could be made up into a small cushion, picture or decorative box lid.

This design is replicated from a 16th century Blackwork Coif in the Shakespeare’s Birthplace TrustThe SBT is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. 

A percentage of each sale supports the vital care and conservation of The Shakespeare Houses and the treasures in the Trust’s Collection, including the original coif which inspired this design.

Practical information

Length: 2 or 3 days Level: Intermediate

Class Price: £400 including kit

Kit Includes:
DeVere silks, gold gilt metal thread, needles, organic even-weave linen, instructions

Techniques: 
Elizabethan Silk and Metal Thread stitches

Equipment required:
8 inches bound hoop, embroidery scissors

Design size:
10.5 x 11.5 cm (4 x 4¼ in)

Fabric size:
30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 in)

Shakespeare's Little Frog

Time Zone 1: 22-23 January 

This beautiful little frog is based on a motif found on an unfinished Elizabethan Coif in the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust Collection. Mandy will teach you the historic stitches required to create your frog which, once finished, could be made up into a brooch or other adornment of your choosing.

The course was previously taught as an online pre-recorded class. 

This design is replicated from a 16th century Blackwork Coif in the Shakespeare’s Birthplace TrustThe SBT is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. 

A percentage of each sale supports the vital care and conservation of The Shakespeare Houses and the treasures in the Trust’s Collection, including the original coif which inspired this design.

 

Practical information

Level: Intermediate

Class Price: £390 including kit

Kit Includes:
DeVere silks, gold gilt metal thread, needles, organic even-weave linen, instructions

Techniques: 
Elizabethan Silk and Metal Thread stitches

Equipment required:
10 inches bound hoop, embroidery scissors

Design size:
6.5 x 4.5 cm (2½ x 1¾ in)

Fabric size:
26 x 23 cm (10 x 9 in)

Mandy's Past Festival Workshops

Shakespeare's Elizabethan Acorns

Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival. Now available to stream as an online self-paced course.

Based on an unfinished 17th Century coif in Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust collection, Mandy has used Elizabethan stitches to create the design using historically accurate techniques of Elizabethan embroidery using silks and silver gilt metal thread.

A percentage of each sale supports the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon and vital care and conservation of The Shakespeare Houses and the treasures in the Trust’s Collection, including the original coif which inspired this design.

Shakespeare's Little Bird

Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival. Now available to stream as an online self-paced course.

Based on an unfinished 17th Century coif in Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust collection, Mandy has used Elizabethan stitches to create the design using historically accurate techniques of Elizabethan embroidery using silks and silver gilt metal thread.

A percentage of each sale supports the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon and vital care and conservation of The Shakespeare Houses and the treasures in the Trust’s Collection, including the original coif which inspired this design.