WORKSHOPS for 2014
Once again we are pleased to offer workshops with the talented Alison Snepp.
Our master classes are conducted in a venue close to our shop and offer two days of tuiton, in a relaxing environment with yummy food and exceptional teaching. It's our objective to make these weekends as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
Workshops are $190.00 for two days tuition including meals and good coffee.
In 2014 we will host three workshops:
1-2 March: Linen Hussif
Using an interesting range of counted thread stitches in both usual and unusual structures, students will stitch a cylindrical hussif on 25-count unbleached linen using a variegated silk thread and stranded cottons. The hussif is 12 x 5cm in size and is trimmed with a handmade button and buttonhole loop.
24-25 May: Minature Whitework Sampler
Alison says, "This is a new counted thread workshop that has created a lot of interest as students have watched me develop the idea and stitch away on the samplers. I saw a small very fine similar sampler in London and it has inspired me to work the new design.
Students can choose to work on either 53-count handkerchief linen (with Au Ver à Soie Soie de Paris) or/and 34-count scrim linen (shown in the photograph at left) (with Sajou Fil au Chinois Dentelles cotton). A number of students have told me that they will work the design on the scrim fabric in class and will then work the finer version at home after the class. As the project is not a large one this will be very achievable. The little areas of pulled work are straightforward but charmingly textured.
Students need to have worked some pulled and drawn thread prior to the workshop and be prepared to work with a magnifier. "
30-31 August: Coptic-Style Embroidery
Alison says, "Coptic textiles have fascinated me for many years and I have wanted to embroider a project inspired by these wonderful old textiles. The textile illustrated is from the Benaki Museum Collection in Athens and it will be the starting point for this new workshop. I have devised a method that will achieve an effect similar to the looped pile of the original woven textile. The centre part of the design will be counted thread and the outer borders will be surface stitchery. The finished embroidery will be small and may be framed, made into a book cover or a bag face."