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Silk Shading & Goldwork - Hampton Court (Code 3180)

Date Days Price Tutor Places left
04/11/2017 2 £185.00 Helen Richman sold out
[Course cost: £150.00 - Required kit cost: £35.00 ]

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Learn traditional silk shading and goldwork embroidery with this beautiful leaf design.  Explore goldwork materials with coloured metal threads and wires on silk fabric.  This class covers key techniques including felt padding, string padding, couching gold-wrapped threads, couching pearl purl wire, chipping, cutwork and silk shading.  All the stitches in the kit will be covered in the class, with a chance to practice at home.

The tutor will demonstrate to the group, and also give plenty of individual attention to each student allowing you to develop your embroidery skills. The class is suitable for students who have some experience of embroidery.

The class kit will include everything you require to complete the project. You may like to bring your own embroidery scissors and you will be able to borrow ring frames, magnifiers and lights (if needed) on the day.

Please note that the kit has been designed and produced by RSN Tutor Lizzy Pye.

This class will run from 10am- 4pm at Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey. KT8 9AU

This class is an exclusive, taken from the tutor’s book on goldwork embroidery (publication in 2017) so the image shown is an example of the technique, the kit image will be published soon.

Silk Shading
Also known as ‘painting with a needle’, this beautiful technique uses a number
of colours in cotton, skillfully blended together to create the natural appearance of a flower, fruit, plant or animal.

This technique has its history in military, ecclesiastical and royal regalia, but it also creates the most beautiful and dramatic embroideries. Using a wide variety of metal threads, it can be combined with other techniques to produce luxurious effects.


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