Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival · NOW ONLINE IN 2021!

Nicola Fairhurst​

Nicola Fairhurst

United Kingdom

Former pharmacist Nicola changed her profession by studying at the Royal School of Needlework. She graduated from the Future Tutor’s Graduate Programme in July 2019 with Distinction and from then on has pursued a career in teaching. Her embroidery specialisms include Canvaswork, Crewelwork, Goldwork, Blackwork, various types of Whitework, Box making, Quilting, Bead embroidery and Bead Weaving. Among other accolades Nicola was chosen as our 2019 New Talent as part of our RSN/Lady Anne’s Needlework New Talent Programme. 

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We are thrilled to be welcoming Nicola back to teach with us and see more of her wonderful embroidery

Nicola's Festival Workshops

Schwalm Embroidery

5-6 July 2021

This is a form of whitework embroidery (Schwalmer Weisstickerei) that developed in the Schwalm region of central Germany from the 17th century. The class will start by stitching the outlines of the drawn thread areas. This will be followed with the coral knot tendrils and the buttonhole stitch leaves and scallops. After withdrawing the necessary threads in the heart and tulip there will be a choice of pulled thread stitches to decorate them with. The class will include instructions on how to stitch a decorative drawn thread hem which is often used to finish the edges of the embroideries.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: Beginner

Class fee: £390
Kit: £45

Kit Includes:
Zweigart Evenweave linen (36 count) with a drawn on design. A choice of white or “raw linen” coloured fabric, DMC threads – stranded cotton, Perle, and Coton a Broder, needles, full Instructions, a second piece of linen for sampling any techniques

Equipment required: 
Embroidery scissors with small sharp points, light with magnifier if needed, seat frame with 8 and 10 inch hoops.

Techniques: 
Whitework and Schwalm Embroidery

Design size:
7 x 11.5 cm (2¾ x 4½ in)

Introduction to Sicilian style drawn work and Perugian stitch

8-9 July 2021

The class will act as an introduction to the style of Drawn work that was developed in Sicily in the 16th Century. The class will start by stitching the central motif using Punto Perugino (Perugian Stitch). This will be followed by forming the netted background by withdrawing both warp and weft threads. The drawn work design will then be woven into this “netting”. The class will also include instructions on how to stitch a decorative drawn thread hem which is often used to finish the edges of the embroideries.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: Beginner

Class fee: £390
Kit: £45

Kit Includes:
Zweigart Evenweave linen – choice of 28 count or 32 count – which will be prepared with some design outlines tacked on to help with the removal of the threads, DMC threads – stranded cotton, Perle, and Coton a Broder, needles, full instructions, a second piece of linen for sampling any techniques

Techniques:
Sicilian-style Drawn Work and Perugian Stitch

Equipment required:
Embroidery scissors with small, sharp points, light with magnifier if needed, seat frame with 10-inch hoop.

Design size:
Using 28 count linen – 14 x 14 cm (5½ x 5½ in). 

Using 32 count linen – 12 x 12 cm (4¾ x 4¾ in)