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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 2022 Festival Workshops

Shakespeare's Stag

Time Zone 1: 15-16 January 

Time Zone 2: 18-20 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:
10 inches bound hoop, embroidery scissors

Design size:
5 x 7.8 cm (2 x 3 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:
5 x 7.8 cm (2 x 3 in)

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

May 2022 Workshop

Mandy will be offering a class during our May 2022 event. More details to follow soon!

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.