On this course you will be able to choose from a selection of Christmas decoration designs to create your own handmade decoration for your Christmas tree or to give as a gift. You will learn several goldwork embroidery and beading techniques in the process of making your decoration. To customise the designs, you will be able to choose from a selection of goldwork wires and beads with which to create your own colour way for your decoration.
The first evening will begin with an introduction to the Christmas decoration designs, after which you will be able to decide which decoration you would like to make. You will also choose the colours of beads and goldwork wires you want to include in your decoration. Then you will start transferring your chosen design to the fabric, using the tacking method.
The first full day of the course will include learning how to apply padding to the fabric to create raised embroidery. You will then learn how to use specialist goldwork wires and beads to embroider your decoration. This will begin with a demonstration of how to use pearl purl to create outlines and how to use the cutwork technique to apply purl. You will also be shown how you can combine beads with goldwork to create a colourful Christmas decoration.
On the second day, you will have a chance to finish embroidering your decoration and you will be shown how to make your embroidery into a neatly finished Christmas decoration.
Each stage of embroidering the Christmas decorations will be demonstrated to the group by the tutor, who will also be able to give one-to-one tuition to ensure each student fully understands the techniques. By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of goldwork embroidery and beading techniques and how they can be used together in an embroidery design. Basic hand sewing skills are required, but you do not need any experience with goldwork embroidery or beading to take part in this course.
The size of the finished Christmas decorations will be around 7cm x 7cm.
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)
Hannah Mansfield is a freelance hand embroiderer based near Bristol. She specialises in the techniques of goldwork and tambour beading. In 2019 Hannah was awarded first prize in the international embroidery competition The Hand & Lock Prize, for her collection of goldwork flower sculptures. Hannah is a trade freeman of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.
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