From Inspiration to Stitch: Creating Designs for Embroidery
In this course we will look at the principles of design – line, shape, texture, form and colour – and explore how they can be used to create effective designs for embroidery.
During the first two terms we will prepare a portfolio of design work as a resource for taking into textile and stitch work. The emphasis will be on practical and fun exercises such as paper cutting and weaving, block and mono-printing, stencilling, collage and mixed media work, rather than on drawing skills. Students will then be encouraged to interpret their design work in adventurous and creative ways using a variety of textile techniques such as freestyle embroidery, canvas work, appliquė and quilting. Advice will be given on using the most suitable techniques, fabrics, threads and stitches for a particular design. Reference will also be made to the processes followed by contemporary textile artists in creating effective pieces of textile art.
The third term will focus on producing an individual project, based on the skills and techniques learned in the first two terms.
The course will consist of practical design and stitch work and will be taught by demonstrations, handouts and individual tuition. A stitch dictionary, such as ‘The Embroidery Stitch Bible’ by Betty Barnden or ‘The Encyclopaedia of Embroidery Techniques’ by Pauline Brown, is recommended as a resource for this class, but is not essential.
Materials: Participants will be advised on a weekly basis of the materials and equipment needed to work on a specific topic.
This course is for students with some experience of using embroidery stitches and techniques who wish to extend their knowledge.
- 17 September - 10 December 2021 (Half term Friday 29 October)
- Non-Members: £223 (12 weeks)
- Members: £184 (12 weeks)
- Concessions: £10 (contact the office for details)