Workshop Autumn 2016
Back to Basics Embroidery Panels in preparation for Nancy's Box Class
OVGS Workshop, Sunday, October 30, 2016 and Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Moncion's Independent 9am – 4pm
As embroiderers we all receive a sense of pride and accomplishment from completing a project but for me, the most satisfying element in a finished project is the knowledge that it is my own work from start to finish. This is a fun class that will encourage you to explore the world of embroidery on your own terms without the need for predesigned projects and prescriptive step by step instructions whatever your level of embroidery expertise.
The first morning will be spent developing individual designs. The class will discuss various sources for design or things in general that provide inspiration. Bring along a few images or objects which appeal to you and we will develop individual designs. Prepare a list of embroidery techniques you are interested in using on your box as this will have a bearing on elements of your design. As a group we will discuss the various embroidery techniques chosen and their basic requirements, ie type of needle, thread and fabric.
In the afternoon you will transfer your design onto an 8" square of fabric suited to the technique you will use. There are a multitude of ways to transfer and we will discuss many of them and determine which one is best suited to the fabric and technique you have chosen. Transfer materials will be provided.
You will have an opportunity to review the material provided to acquaint yourself with the variety of stitches that can be used for your choice of embroidery technique. A preliminary selection of stitches, colours and threads to be used on the first panel can be identified on your design sheet as a working guide. You will use the stitch compendiums to begin to work on your first panel independently. It is expected that you will match your project to your own level of skill and experience. Please don't expect to create a masterpiece if you have never picked up a paint brush. Things will go wrong and choices of stitches, colours and threads will have to be reconsidered and revised. Don't be discouraged: happily, advice or assistance will be provided individually when requested.
At the beginning of the day on the second Sunday each individual will present their finished panel to the class and we will discuss possibilities for the remaining panels. Some will want to use the same design to complete the box perhaps simply changing colours and threads, or maybe using several different techniques. Others will want to develop new designs entirely. The day will be devoted to working out details and beginning the next panel.
Supplies to bring with you
For the design work you will need to bring several sheets of plain and tracing paper a soft but sharp pencil an eraser and a ruler.
Bring along a few simple images or objects which appeal to you and we will develop individual designs. (The designs on my box were adapted from a 16th century embroidered purse motif [the crown], one was a direct copy from an early Liberty of London embroidery transfer catalogue [the stylized flower] and one was simply an embellished fabric pattern [the stars]. )
6 – 8" squares of different types fabric of your choice. (The type of fabric depends on the choice of embroidery technique for example if you prefer to a counted thread technique an evenweave would be appropriate. Similarly basic embroidery stitches, crewel, gold work or stumpwork works best on a medium weight, tightly woven fabric. I suggest bringing a selection of different fabrics because your choice will depend on the final design and technique.)
Bring along a stitch compendium or two if you can but there will be several available to refer to. (I always keep my copy of J & P Coats 1967 publication "100 embroidery stitches" handy. A more recent publication is Betty Barnden's 2003 "The Embroidery Stitch Bible".)
To stitch with, include an inspirational selection of threads from your stash and some you can bear to part with just in case someone else finds them irresistible.
Of course, bring your embroidery kit including a selection of needles, scissors, pins, purple or blue disappearing ink marker, tape, a 4", 5" or 6" embroidery hoop, and anything else you think you may need.
Also bring your imagination, enthusiasm, your patience and determination!