Zinaida Kazban

Zinaida Kazban

United Kingdom

Zina Kazban is a hand-embroidery designer and a tutor. She is a graduate of the Future Tutors programme at the Royal School of Needlework.  She also had a professional fashion embroidery training at Ecole Lesage (Métiers d’Art CHANEL). Over the years Zina taught for the Crewel Work Company, RSN, London Embroidery School and privately in the UK as well as in the USA. Her designs were published in embroidery magazines including Classic Inspirations.

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Zina's designs are impeccable and her classes are run with the utmost professionalism

Zinaida's May 2022 Festival Workshops

US timezone: 2-4 May 2022 (4pm-10pm UK time)
Aus/NZ timezone: 5-7 May 2022 (7am-11am UK time)

The design is a replica of late 17th century floral purse from Phillipa Turnbull’s collection. It features a beautifully shaded large pansy with strawberries growing on its glistening silver branches under an intricate arch. The arch is supported by two raised pillars outlined with fine gold and covered by a lovely hillock with bouncy silk. Two mirrored pansies grow from the hillock with gorgeously shaded petals and leaves that ringed with fashionable 17th century scrolls.

The design is the exact size as the original purse. The embroidery is worked with silks, metal cords and purls in a distinctive historic way, and it includes such techniques as shading with silks, applying cords with invisible stitches, couching wrapped silk, and creating raised elements.

Course outline:
Day 1, session 1: Frame up, prep work, begin flowers and leaves
Day 1, session 2: Continue shading with silks
Day 2, session 1: Begin pillars
Day 2, session 2: Make silk cord and begin applying metal cords
Day 3, session 1: Make hillock using silk wrapped technique and begin strawberries
Day 3, session 2: Work on finishing touches: small hillock, grass and spangles


Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: Intermediate

Class fee: £600 including kit

Kit Includes:
Silk fabric, silk threads, cotton á broder, metal cords and purls, spangles, and needles.

Surface embroidery, historic stitches with silk thread, metal cords and purls.

Equipment requirements:
8 inch hoop on a Seat Frame base/floor frame/table clamp and embroidery scissors, beeswax.

Design size: 
11 cm x 7.4 cm (4 ¼” x 3”).

Linen size: 
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Zinaida's Past Festival Workshops

Borage & Unicorn

Time Zone 1: 21-23 January

The design is inspired by images from 16th century embroidery pattern books from the British museum. 

The unicorn is embroidered with flat silks using a distinct 17th century colour blending technique. Another historical shading method is used to create a beautiful colour flow in the borage and a scrolling pattern embellished with tiny flowers along the base of the design. A final touch of silver metal thread embroidery and embellishing with freshwater pearls are added to make the work truly special. 

Experience in metalwork or stitching with silk is not needed.

Practical information

Length: 3 or 4 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £540 including kit

Kit Includes:
Linen fabric with an image on it, silk and cotton embroidery threads, chenille and metal threads, freshwater pearls, needles in a needlebook, beeswax, plus step-by-step kit instructions

Tapestry Shading, Elizabethan Seeding, Metalwork

Equipment requirements:
10-inch bound embroidery ring frame on stalk with barrel clamp, paddle or floor frame, beeswax, ruler, embroidery scissors, scissors for metal thread, velvet board  for cutting metal threads, screwdriver, and magnifier/light.

Design size: 
14.5 x 15.5 cm (5¾ x 6¼ in)

Linen size: 
35 x 35 cm (14 x 14 in)

Elizabethan Moth

Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival. Soon to be made available as an online self-paced course.

The design is inspired by a 17th century embroidered panel that depicts flowers and insects in metalworked frames. The moth is stitched with beautiful flat silks using techniques from the Elizabethan period. It is placed inside a richly embellished goldwork frame worked with three different types of goldwork threads and tiny gilt spangles.

The design is a part of an Elizabethan series of classes which explore historic embroidery techniques and designs around the theme of stylised flowers and insects in various metalwork frames.