This year I am teaching several hand embroidery classes at two different locations in the UK. Starting next month I will be teaching two day classes in goldwork bee brooches at Atelier Beside The Sea in Brighton. Atelier Beside The Sea is a new gallery, shop and teaching space located on the Brighton seafront founded by Jon Tutton and Sarah Young, creators of the MADE craft fairs.
The class is designed to introduce you to the hand embroidery technique of goldwork through several different techniques that I have incorporated into the design of the goldwork bee brooch. These techniques include; using padding to create raised embroidery, applying pearl purl to create outlines and the filling techniques of cutwork and chipping. You'll work with specialist goldwork wires to create your own bee brooch and I will show you how to turn your embroidery into a neatly finished brooch.
This class runs from 10.00 to 17.00 on Wednesday the 18th of August and Thursday the 23rd of September. For more details and to book your place visit the Atelier Brighton website here. A lovely lunch from a nearby food market is included in the course fee.
Later in the year, in November, I will be teaching a long weekend class at West Dean college located near Chichester in West Sussex. The college is internationally recognised for its conservation and arts education and is situated in an historic building surrounded by beautiful gardens. This class is also focused on goldwork embroidery, during the weekend I will be showing you how to embroider your own goldwork lobster using specialist goldwork wires. You will learn many key goldwork techniques whilst embroidering the design including; padding, cutwork, couching, chipping and leather appliqué.
I designed the goldwork lobster especially for this West Dean class, it was inspired by the Salvador Dali lobster telephone which they hold in their collection and I made it in gold to tie in with their 50th anniversary.
The class runs from the 26th to the 29th of November, you can find full details, including a timetable and book your place on the West Dean website here. West Dean college have accommodation in which you can stay while you are taking part in the class, if you wish to book accommodation with the college you can do this during the booking process.
You don't need any experience in goldwork embroidery to attend any of these classes but some basic knowledge of hand sewing will be useful. Taking part in one of these classes is a great way to take your embroidery skills to the next level or just to spend an enjoyable time learning something new. I hope you will be joining me at one of these embroidery classes this year!
For those of you who don't live in the UK or can't travel, I have something for you too! My online embroidery classes are always available for you to watch in the comfort of your own home. Find them in my online shop here.