Kate 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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Timezone 1 (9-3pm UK time): 14-16 May 2023
Timezone 2 (4-10pm UK time): 11-13 May 2023
The Feller Bird is part of a rare 17th Century Charles II wall mirror, which is currently the subject of a 13 month advanced course in silk embroidery. This design is one of twelve individual motifs arranged and embroidered around the glass.
Kate has chosen one design from the Feller Mirror, The Bird, which sits proudly in a central position at the top of the frame, to teach during the Festival. Students will learn historic Elizabethan silk embroidery techniques.
Length: 3 days
Class fee: £350 including kit
100% pure Dupion silk ground fabric with printed design outline, DeVere silks, needles
Natural and tapestry shading using long and short stitch
10 inch seat frame (slate frame also possible), scissors for silk, a laying tool
10.5 x 18 cm (4 x 7 inches)
40 x 40 cm (16 x 16 inches)
Originally offered as part of the May 2022 Festival
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.
Originally offered as part of the January 2022 Festival
Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival
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.