Introduction to Surface Embroidery, workshop
Instructor: Larissa Boiwka
Dates/Times: Monday - Friday, August 5 - 9, 1 - 4 pm
In this beginner level class, students will learn basics such how to correctly set up an embroidery frame, how to transfer a design, proper needle and thread selections, and a brief history of embroidery. Two suites of needlework techniques will be combined to make an exquisite sampler in a Tudor era design. In the silk embroidery portion of the class, techniques such as silk shading (needle painting), stem stitch, and satin stitch will be executed in high quality French silk threads, which have been produced at the same factory since 1820. The second portion of the class will address with gold work. Students will utilize genuine metal threads (purl/bouillion and passing threads) in the traditional British manner with techniques such as couching, laid work, burden stitch, and padding to execute this timeless design. Material learned in this class is a wonderful complement to garment creation, the study of historic fashion, ecclesiastical embroidery, and many other artistic applications. All supplies are included in the cost of tuition. No prior knowledge necessary, but good eyesight and steady hands are helpful.