If you'd like to learn Hardanger or another embroidery technique in a group or a one-on-one tutorial, or brush up your skills concentrating on fillings or speciality stitches, why not try a workshop, taster session or private class?
Knitting & Stitching Show 2017, Alexandra Palace
90-minute workshop "Shisha embroidery for beginners – Shisha Flower card"
Thursday 12th October, 12.30-2pm, room 4
Shisha embroidery is an Indian needlework technique characterised by the use of mirrors – originally mica, now often glass or acrylic. It sometimes even included iridescent beetle wings, but I'm afraid we won't get quite that exotic this time.
This workshop is aimed at beginners in shisha work; some previous stitching experience (e.g. cross stitch) would come in handy but is not essential. First you'll learn how to attach a mirror (a technique which can also be applied to other objects, such as coins or sequins), then we'll use some traditional stitches to turn your shisha motif into a pretty floral design by adding some scrolls and leaf motifs. Finally we'll add a few sparkly spangles and beads for good measure! The finished project will be made into a card.
All the materials you will need to make your own shisha flower card are included in your workshop kit, together with detailed instructions and diagrams. 4" hoops and embroidery scissors will be available to use during the workshop; the scissors can be bought to take home afterwards if you find them useful.
90-minute workshop "Embellished embroidery for beginners – Butterfly Wreath card"
Thursday 12th October, 3.15-4.45pm, room 6
At its most pared down embroidery needs only fabric, thread and a needle – but you can add a lot more if you wish! In this workshop we will use several types of thread to work a variety of stitches, adding texture and sparkle by means of beads and gems to create a wreath of greenery enclosing colourful flowers and a 3D butterfly. The finished project will be made into a card.
This workshop is suitable for people who haven't done much embroidery before; some previous stitching experience (such as cross stitch) is useful but not essential.
All the materials you will need to make your own butterfly card are included in your workshop kit, together with detailed instructions and diagrams. 4" hoops and embroidery scissors will be available to use during the workshop; the scissors can be bought to take home afterwards if you find them useful.
Tickets are now available from the Knitting & Stitching Show website; the class code is 089
10 places left
90-minute workshop "Freestyle embroidery for beginners – a Little Wildflower Garden card (with bee)"
Friday 13th October, 10.30am-12 noon, room 4
Freestyle embroidery is a non-counted technique that uses a wealth of different stitches to embellish a fabric background on which the design has been pre-drawn; sometimes (as in this workshop) the drawing shows all the details, but depending on the formality of the design and her level of experience a stitcher may choose to indicate only the major outlines and work the details free hand. Whichever method you choose, no two pieces will ever be exactly the same, even if you start from the same design.
This workshop is aimed at beginners in embroidery; some previous experience in using a needle (e.g. cross stitch, or sewing on buttons!) would come in handy but is not essential. Using a variety of embroidery stitches including straight stitch, detached chain stitch, French knot and fly stitch you'll create a little wildflower garden with grass, poppies, daisies, lavender, wheat and a cornflower. Oh, and a bee! This is worked as a two-coloured bullion knot which we will practice first, but if you decide that's a bit too daunting after all then an alternative version will also be shown. The finished project will be made into a card.
All the materials you will need to make your own wildflower card are included in your workshop kit, together with detailed instructions and diagrams. 4" hoops and embroidery scissors will be available to use during the workshop; the scissors can be bought to take home afterwards if you find them useful.
Tickets are now available from the Knitting & Stitching Show website; the class code is 099
8 places left
90-minute workshop "Embellished embroidery for beginners – Butterfly Wreath card"
Friday 13th October, 2.30-4pm, room 5
See the description on Thursday.
Tickets are now available from the Knitting & Stitching Show website; the class code is 133
11 places left
Ideal if you're a beginner or if you want to have a go at Hardanger, Shisha or freestyle embroidery to see whether you like it, this is a 2-hour workshop in which you are taken through one project step by step: a Hardanger bookmark, a Hardanger needle book, a Shisha flower card, a freestyle Wildflower Garden card or an embellished Butterfly Wreath card. You can choose which of them you'd like to tackle (if Hardanger needle book, please also specify dove's eye, square filet or spider's web), but please note that if you come as a group, all participants will be doing the same one.
A full kit is included in the price; a 4" hoop and squissors or embroidery scissors are available to borrow for the workshop, and may be purchased to take home if you wish to continue with embroidery.
Taster Sessions for up to 6 people will take place at Mabel's home, larger groups will meet at Dunchurch Baptist Church
|Price per person for a 2-hour session, including materials|
Treat yourself (or encourage others to treat you) to an individual or group workshop in a relaxing, encouraging environment – Mabel's home. Sustained by coffee or tea and the occasional biscuit, you spend several hours learning new skills or brushing up on existing ones.
All workshops provide:
- Tuition tailored to your level of experience
- Projects that cover a variety of skills and techniques
- Plenty of opportunity to practice
- All materials and equipment needed for the workshop (hoop and/or scissors can be borrowed)
We offer workshops at three levels – Beginner, Improver and Experienced – which are flexible in length according to your preference. You can choose to have a lot of intensive tuition and practice in 2 hours, after which you work most of the projects at home; or to have 6 hours (morning and afternoon with a break for lunch) at a more leisurely pace, finishing most of the projects on the day with Mabel at hand to help when you need it; or anything in between. The three standard workshops cover Hardanger embroidery in general, but you can also request a personalised workshop which concentrates on a particular area such as filling stitches, worked bars or decorative surface stitches, or which looks at other embroidery techniques such as Shisha or freestyle embroidery. It is also possible to design a chart or pattern from scratch.
So how does it work?
Contact us by or telephone to decide on the level that is suitable for you, the length of the workshop, and available dates. If you are interested in a personalised workshop, please give us as much information as possible about the skills or activities you would like to include. We will then email you an outline of the workshop and a price; when you are happy with both, we'll send you a PayPal invoice. After that, all you need to do is turn up on the day, and enjoy your stitching treat!
Below are the prices per hour for one-on-one tuition and for groups, and for the material packs for each of the three standard Hardanger workshops. Prices for material packs for personalised workshops on request. Please note that tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the price, but lunch is not. You are welcome to bring a picnic and have it at the house (or in the garden if the weather is good), or there are several places to have lunch in the village. If you would like to book a workshop for more than 6 people, please contact us to discuss the options.
|Tuition (per person per hour)|
|Material packs (not including hoops and scissors/squissors)|
Mabel's house is a non-smoking environment. It does, however, contain a pet: Lexi, our friendly Bengal cross. If for whatever reason you are uncomfortable having a cat around, do tell us – she is quite happy to spend a morning or afternoon out of doors!