Fun with Surface Embroidery

12th November - 3rd December 9:30am - 11:30am

A fantastic introduction to this embroidery technique. The course will introduce you to a repertoire of stitches, and you’ll get the chance to decorate a design.

Surface embroidery is the use of a needle and thread to create decorative stitches on top of a fabric or other surface, rather than stitching through it, such as in the case of canvas work. It dates back thousands of years, as people quickly learnt that the stitches used to join skins and fabrics together could also be used for embellishment.  Surface embroidery incorporates such techniques as crewel work (Jacobean), stumpwork, applique, silk shading and goldwork, as well as the use of beads, precious stones, shells or mirrors to add further interest.

Week 1: learn a number of different surface embroidery stitches, practising them on the calico.
Week 2: learn about appliqué  - how to treat the fabric, how to apply the fabric and the use of decorative outline stitches. 
Week 3: choose a design, learn how to transfer the design and choose stitches to use on the design.
Week 4: continue with the design. Choose embellishments to add if desired.

Suitable for beginners. 
Course Tutor: Elizabeth Tapper of The Art of the Needle, and member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen

4-week course: Mondays, 12th November to 3rd December
£65 + materials.

Stable Yard Room
Includes tea and coffee, and a 10% discount voucher for The Bishop’s Table Café

To book, please visit the Palace Shop, or contact 01749 988111 ext. 205.

Materials £10 (includes one piece of calico, three skeins of stranded cotton in different colours, embroidery needle) - provided on the first day. Payable to tutor.
Additional materials will be available to purchase during the course if desired.
Please bring embroidery scissors, ring frame (ideally hands free), magnifier and lamp if required.