Some say Confucius coined the saying “a journey of 1,000 miles starts with the first step”. It is certainly true of the embroidery journey. Even the most skilled embroiderer began by learning simple stitches. Perhaps it was whilst being taught as a small child, or poring over embroidery books, or even participating in one or more of our Start Stitching classes.
Our What’s next? classes build on these beginnings. They are designed for new embroiderers who are looking to take their next few steps—to learn ways to apply designs, use stitches in a different style and even just how to start a stitching piece. Like stepping stones upwards, they are designed to help new embroiderers to progressively expand their skills and prepare them for more advanced or specialised classes.
Four classes will be offered during 2017, open to all Guild members and non-members. Participants will be advised what needs to be purchased or brought to each class.
2nd class – Blackwork bracelet
Sunday 18 June, 2017 @ 9.30 am – 2.00 pm
(with a lunch break)
This project is a small bracelet worked in counted thread blackwork.
The term ‘blackwork’ generally refers to a pattern stitched with black thread on linen, but some of the earliest recognisable examples of the technique, from 13th – 15th century Egypt, also use blue or red thread. The simple stitches used can be traced back thousands of years.
The geometric pattern used for this project is based on one of many common Moorish designs that are also seen in the architecture of Spain and Morocco. These patterns developed in response to the Muslim faith, which forbids figurative representation.
The popularity of blackwork in the 16th century is often attributed to the influence of Catherine of Aragon, who came to England in 1501 to marry Prince Arthur (and was later the wife of King Henry VIII). Several articles in her trousseau were decorated with blackwork embroidery. Limited examples survive, but the designs are depicted on numerous portraits of the period.
Tutor: Deborah Love
Cost: $55.00 Members $65.00 Non-Members
Kit: $10 (to be paid on the day of the class) – includes fabric, ribbons and instructions.
A requirements list will be supplied by the Class Registrar for other necessary items.
A class registration form must be submitted at least 1 week before the class date (by 10 June 2017) and can be found on the website.
Any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3252 8629