One-Day Classes

May 21

101 Magna Carta Needle Accessories • Mike Parr

three embroidered pieces, white-on-white with textured embroidery
101 Magna Carta Needle Accessories • Mike Parr

This one-day class will give students the opportunity to create a matching set of scissor fob and needle case that were inspired by the 2015 North American tour of the Magna Carta. This tour marked the 800th anniversary of the creation of this important document. The elaborate medieval “E,” which begins the charter, stands for embroidery as beautifully as King Edward’s name.

The project is stitched using three-dimensional monogram techniques. Learn to satin stitch over couched cords, raised satin, stem, Smyrna cross, and Venetian picot stitch. Kit materials include DMC floss, pearl cotton, and shadow work linen. Each kit will contain a handmade replica of the wax seal, which serves as a counterweight for the fob.

Technique: whitework | Skill Level: intermediate/ advanced | Pre-work: none | Homework: none | Size: 3.25″ x 3.25″ (8.25 cm x 8.25 cm) needlecase; 2.25″ x 2.25″ (5.7 cm x 5.7 cm) fob | Kit cost: $40

102 Daisy Biscornu • Hazel Blomkamp

a small biscornu with a lacy flower embroidered on the top
102 Daisy Biscornu • Hazel Blomkamp

A biscornu is a small octagonal pincushion made from two square pieces of embellished cloth. Great fun to make and a relatively quick project, the class will concentrate on needle lace embroidery, a few conventional embroidery stitches and bead embroidery techniques.

Measuring 60 x 60 mm, the project is worked on a natural coloured linen cotton blend fabric using DMC stranded and dentelles cotton thread, hand-painted silk ribbon and Miyuki beads.

The main focus of the workshop will be needle lace and the bead embroidery stitches with the more simple embroidery stitches and the assembly of the biscornu being demonstrated before the end of the class so that participants will be in a position to finish the project at home.

Technique: needlelace | Skill level: intermediate/advanced | Pre-work: none | Homework: none | Size: 2.5″ x 2.5″ (6 cm x 6 cm) | Kit cost: $33

103 Goldwork Beetle • Georgina Bellamy

embroidered beetles with gold and real beetle wings
103 Goldwork Beetle • Georgina Bellamy

This class focuses on the creation of a 3d goldwork beetle. Students will learn how to create a padded beetle body, how to lay the metals effectively and how to work with real beetle wings. 3D legs will then be added to finish off the embroidery, which can then be turned into a brooch or trinket.

Technique: goldwork | Skill level: basic/intermediate  | Pre-work: none
Homework: none | Size: 1″ x 1″ (2.5 cm x 2.5 cm) | Kit cost: $40

104 Beautiful Brooches • Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes

four embroidered brooches with lots of textured stitches
104 Beautiful Brooches • Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes

These tiny canvaswork embroidery designs fit perfectly into 4 cm square metal brooch settings. The class includes all materials to finish two brooches.

Students will work with hand-dyed stranded silks and metallic threads on 20-count, 24-count or 28-count fabric (depending on how fine you want to go!). There will be a wide variety of designs and colours to choose from.
Students will learn all the stitches required to complete the project as well as learning how to neatly and efficiently mount the embroidery in the top quality metal frames. This class is suitable for all levels of stitching experience.

Technique: canvaswork | Skill level: all | Pre-work: none | Homework: none | Size: 1.5″ x 1.5″ (3.8 cm x 3.8 cm) | Kit cost: $35