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Small Mamluk Purse Workshop

April 13 @ 12:30 pm - April 14 @ 3:00 pm

Alison Snepp will be teaching two workshops in April 2019 in the Guild rooms:

Couturier’s Chatelaine Workshop and Small Mamluk Purse Workshop 

This will be the last time Alison visits as a tutor as she has decided 2019 will be her final year. A list of requirements for the projects, cost of kit and pre-class preparation will be sent with confirmation of registration.

A detailed workshop folio will be given to each student.  It contains relevant charts and designs, full colour working and finishing instructions.  In some cases, the folios also contain extra materials for the workshop.  There is a fee for each folio that is set out on the List of Requirements.  A student must attend the workshop to receive a copy of the workshop folio.
Students can participate for three days to complete the two projects or participate for 1.5 days to complete one project. 


Saturday 13 April 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm and Sunday 14 April 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Small Mamluk Purse Workshop
While in the UK, Alison visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and was delighted to see the wonderful Mamluk textiles from Medieval Egypt.  Many of you have stitched her Medieval Egyptian Sampler and this little purse is part of the same collection of textiles.  The pieced size of the purse is approximately 12 cm x 16 cm.
During this workshop students will make a small purse using patchwork techniques decorated with buttonhole stitches and trimmed with decorated cords and tassels.  It is a fun little project and each person’s work will be slightly different.
This project is suitable for all levels of embroiderer.  Students will have the option of purchasing a small fabric kit from Alison, using the colours which are close to those of the original purse, or selecting their own fabrics.  There is no pre-class preparation.
Alison has also worked a back for this little bag.  It is available in a separate kit at the class as an optional extra for students who attend the workshop.
Alison Snepp
Workshop code
Workshop cost
$150 (members); $180 (non-members)
Workshop folio cost
$15 payable to the Tutor at the commencement of the workshop
Fabric (front of purse) kit cost
$15 payable to the Tutor at the commencement of the workshop
If students require fabric for the back of the purse, fabric is available at an additional cost of $30. 
Other requirements
To be advised
Workshop registration and enquiries

Bookings are essential, with a cut-off date of 8 March. Please complete the Class Registration Form on the website.
For further information, contact the Class Registrar by emailing classes@embroiderersguildqld.org.au or phone 3252 8629.


April 13 @ 12:30 pm
April 14 @ 3:00 pm