Create a modern, personal sampler for use as a wall piece or
cushion, as you learn a range of traditional and contemporary
embroidery techniques, hand and machine embroidery and appliqué.
Working from imagery inspiration of a commemorative event or theme
of your choice.
Early needlework samplers were created to learn and record embroidery stitches before print was widely available. Later samplers were often made to commemorate an event. Using these two reference points as loose inspiration individuals will create a modern, personal sampler which could be for wall display or use, for example, as a cushion. Your inspiration can be varied, e.g. recording a general event or a personal celebration, using a favourite image or quotation or special fabrics and threads attached to memories. The sampler can be as simple or complicated as you wish to fit your experience and preference.
While working on your sampler, you will learn and practise traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques including hand and machine embroidery and appliqué. Consideration will be given to uses and experiment with individual and combinations of stitch, thread and fabric. You will learn the logical order of techniques from start to completion of your piece - from looking at initial ideas, references and rough sketches, then preparing a quick real-scale paper layout to transfer to fabric. You will learn how to choice of colour, fabric and thread can enhance and add texture to your composition and the best of method of finishing your piece
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Sarah King is a textile designer and maker. She trained at Goldsmiths College in Fine Art Textiles and Embroidery and then in textile design at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her career has covered fashion, design for the furnishing fabric industry, costumes for film and commissions with interior designers for projects all over the world.