This course is designed for anyone loves handstitching or has always wanted to try the craft.
Edge; space; placement; inspirations; weight; piecing/patching; translucency; joining; fragility; surface; line; rightside; wrongside; applying; inlay; bias; shaping; construction.
Everything around us has an edge. During this course, you will explore the potential of handstitch and cloth to create both traditional and functional pieces, as well as, more contemporary edges in a neutral palette. You will start on a sampler strip on the first evening.
Using a number of Amanda's signature techniques including inlay, needle darning, layering, applique, cutwork and pleating, you will produce personal work using different combinations of these.
Working in neutrals will emphasise the positive and negative that is found in traditional edgings and lace. You will have the opportunity to develop your own designs from inspirational sources. Observed sources will form the latter part of the course for students depending on your interests. You may want to concentrate on producing a length of edging that is more useful for a wearable piece.
A balance of techniques and thoughtful self-development will be encouraged. You will go away with a series of strips/edges started for you to explore further in your own work.
Three days is a generous amount of time for you to immerse yourself into the subject and it will give you head space to consider what to develop next.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Having trained in Embroidery Amanda is still obsessed by the purity of thread and cloth. She is now working freelance after an enjoyable and satisfying few decades working on Art Foundation courses. She enjoys sharing her practice with others and is particularly interested in the way we all respond to similar elements with our own visual language.