Blackwork originated in Tudor England, commonly thought to have been introduced to the country by Katharine of Aragon. At the time of booking, choose either to work the Goldfish & Water Lilies, or the Turtles. Both of these designs by Cathy are worked on white Aida fabric and include simple geometric blackwork patterns, highlighted with some metallic leather. The Goldfish embroidery is shown in a 10" embroidery hoop and the Turtles in an 8" hoop.
Suitability - Beginners No experience of blackwork is needed, just a little experience of embroidery. Note that the Bullion Knot centres of the Water Lilies make the Goldfish & Water Lilies design slightly more difficult.
Date(s) Saturday 9th March 2024 (fully booked)
Times 10.00 am. to 4.00 pm. with 45 minutes for lunch Arrival:- from 9.30 am.
Location Alstonefield Memorial Hall (The Village Hall) Postcode for Satnav - DE6 2FR Click for Directions
Refreshments Tea & coffee is provided throughout the day, with home-made biscuits mid-morning and cake mid-afternoon.
What you need to bring packed lunch 8" or 10" embroidery hoop (dependent on design chosen), both rings of which should be bound with white cotton tape or bias binding. A seat frame is recommended. (Everything else is provided, including needles & embroidery scissors. However you are welcome to bring your own sewing kit if you prefer).
Cost £59 per person including all materials and access to the relevant YouTube tutorial after the workshop.
About the Workshop The design is pre-printed onto the Aida fabric for you. You will learn to work simple geometric blackwork patterns, commonly known as 'diapers', as well as Holbein stitch (for the Turtles) or stem stitch (for the Goldfish). Please note that there will not be time to practise or complete ALL the stitches and techniques required during the day. A link to the relevant video tutorial will be e-mailed to you after the workshop in order for you to be able to complete the embroidery at home.