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Deborah Wilding​

Deborah Wilding

United Kingdom

Deborah trained at the Royal School of Needlework and graduated with distinction. She specialises in a wide range of historically-accurate embroidery techniques. As well as working on embroidery projects herself, she also teaches embroidery skills on behalf of the Royal School of Needlework and she is studying once again, this time with Princes School of Traditional Arts. 

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Deborah’s incredible skill as a professional hand embroiderer shine through in her latest designs

Deborah's May 2023 Festival Workshops

Dunollie Rose & Honeysuckle

Timezone 1 (9am-3pm UK time): 9-11 May 2023
Timezone 2 (4pm-10pm UK time): 14-16 May 2023

Deborah Wilding, in conjunction with The Crewel Work Company, has recreated this design with special permission from Dunollie near Oban, on the west coast of Scotland.

During this class, students will recreate this exquisite roundel design, originally featured on a 17th century embroidered waistcoat owned by the chiefs of the McDougall Clan, using silk and gold thread.

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Class fee (includes kit): £355

Kit Includes:
Elizabethan even weave in cream (paler colour than used in this image) ground fabric with printed design outline, DeVere silks, gold thread, needles

Techniques: 
Elizabethan Braid Stitch and variation, Satin Stitch, Long & Short Silk Shading

Equipment required:
10 inch hoop or seat frame, scissors for silk, scissors for metal thread, laying tool

Design size: 
15 x 18cm (6 x 7 in)

Fabric size:
40 x 40cm (16 x 16 in)

Deborah's Past Festival Workshops

Elizabethan Coif

Originally offered as part of the January & May 2022 Festival. Now available as a kit.

This stunning design is based on a coif in the collection of the V&A museum in London. It dates from the 16th century and is worked with red silk and highlighted with silver spangles. 

The techniques covered make this class suitable to all levels of experience. Stitches included are back stitch, buttonhole, seeding.

Phoenix from the Flames

Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival.

This design is inspired by an embroidered glove and gauntlet from circa 1600 is currently on display at the Fashion Museum, Bath. The circular design shows the symbolic Phoenix rising from the flames.

During this live class Royal School of Needlework trained tutor Deborah Wilding will teach you various historic Goldwork, Surface embroidery and raised embroidery techniques.