Blackwork Honey Bees Blackwork originated in Tudor England, commonly thought to have been introduced to the country by Katharine of Aragon. During the Tudor period, beekeeping was a popular activity and we understand that Tudor bees were black and not striped. This design by Cathy is worked on Aida fabric and introduces three simple geometric patterns, decorated with a small amount of gold thread, again not uncharacteristic of the period. The embroidery measures approximately 6" x 6" and is presented in an 8" frame.
Alstonefield celebrates a Festival in April 2018 commemorating the life of Anne Green, whose gravestone in our Churchyard is dated April 1518, thought to be one of the oldest in the country, now 500 years old. It is lovely to be doing this Tudor embroidery during the Festival and a donation for each place booked will be given to St. Peter's Church for the April & June 2018 workshops.
Suitability Suitable for beginners to blackwork. Date(s) Saturday 21st April 2018 (fully booked) Thursday 26th April 2018(fully booked) Thursday 14th June 2018 (2 places remaining) Saturday 16th June 2018 (1 place remaining)
Times 10.00 am. to 4.00 pm. with 30 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 baking. Please bring your own packed lunch.
What you need to bring All materials and equipment will be provided (box frame NOT included), but you may wish to bring your own 8" embroidery hoop if you have one. A seat frame is best, but not essential. Alternatively, you may borrow a standard hoop for the day (standard and seat frames are normally also available to purchase).
Cost £45 per person including all materials (box frame not included).
About the Workshop The honeycombe & bee design is pre-printed onto the Aida fabric for you. You will learn to work the geometric patterns, commonly known as 'diapers', without having to count threads! You will also learn the basic techniques of blackwork shading. There is some flexibility about which diaper patterns you may use, and complete beginners may wish to stick to the larger designs. More advanced stitchers may even wish to use their own designs!