By July we will all be ready to do something different, even if it is from home.  Feel part of something bigger, meet with new people virtually, have an enjoyable few days to do something you love and join us for the RSN Online International Summer School 2021 – the place to be for your home from home holiday.

Class Details

We’re excited to share the classes that will be available during the RSN online International Summer School in July 2021!

 

On this page you will find an overview of the programme including a list of available classes for each time zone followed by full descriptions and images for each class.

There are separate schedules available for each time zone:

  • UK and Europe: Monday 19 – Friday 23 July 10am-4pm UK BST — choose either one 5-day class or a combination of a 2-day and a 3-day class
  • North America: Monday 12 – Saturday 17 July (excluding Wednesday*) 3pm-9pm UK BST — choose either one 5-day class or a combination of a 2-day and a 3-day class. Due to popular demand there are also two class repeats (Flying Flame Or Nué Dragon and Winterthur Birds) occurring outside of these times – please check the class descriptions for details.
  • Australia, New Zealand and East Asia: Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 July 7am-10.30am UK BST — choose a combination of a 4-day and a 3-day class

You can choose to follow the time zone that suits you best, wherever you are in the world.

When booking you will be able to select which classes you wish to attend from those available for your chosen time zone.

*Talks all take place on Wednesdays

 

Time Zone & Class Overview

UK/Europe and North America

UK/Europe Schedule (Mon 19 – Fri 23 July)
North America Schedule (Mon 12 – Sat 17 July)

UK and Europe: Monday 19 – Friday 23 July 10am-4pm UK BST — choose either one 5-day class or a combination of a 2-day and a 3-day class.

North America: Monday 12 – Saturday 17 July (excluding Wednesday*) 3pm-9pm UK BST — choose either one 5-day class or a combination of a 2-day and a 3-day class.
Please note that one 3-day class, Flying Flame Or Nué Dragon, is being repeated on Sun 18 – Tues 20 July, and one 2-day class, Winterthur Birds, is being repeated split between Sun 11 and Sun 18 July. These options are included on the North America booking page.

All classes are scheduled in UK local time. If you are outside of the UK please check your local time. To check and convert times please visit TimeAndDate.com.

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Days
Class Title Tutor Level Technique(s)
5 Design & Appliqué Stash Buster Project: ‘A Perfect Summer Day’ Anita Harrison Mixed Ability Design & Appliqué
5 Design & Stitch: ‘Jacobean Crewelwork’ Chrissie Juno Mann Mixed Ability Design & Jacobean
5 Developing Whitework Tracy A Franklin Intermediate Whitework
5 Goldwork & Silk Shading: ‘Ely Knot’ Helen Richman Intermediate Goldwork & Silk Shading
3 Border Hearts Inspired by 1600s Gauntlet Gloves Deborah Wilding Mixed Ability Goldwork & Silk Shading
3 Blackwork Colour Wheel Jen Goodwin Mixed Ability Blackwork
3 Flying Flame Or Nué Dragon Helen McCook Intermediate Mixed
3 No Place Like Home Kelley Aldridge Intermediate Mixed
3 Goldwork Seashells Kate Cross Intermediate Goldwork
3 Strawberry Stems Heather Lewis Mixed Ability Mixed
3 Developing Tambour: ‘Moroccan Tile’ Sara Rickards Intermediate Tambour
2 Dazzling Miss Daisy Angela Bishop Intermediate Mixed
2 Daffodil & Butterfly Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth Jessica Ingram Mixed Ability Mixed
2 Winterthur Birds Kate Barlow Mixed Ability Jacobean Crewelwork
2 Thistle & Stag Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth Sarah de Rousset-Hall Mixed Ability Mixed
2 Floral Monogram Heather Lewis Beginner Mixed
2 Raised Embroidery Flamingo Sara Rickards Intermediate Raised Embroidery
2 * Tudor Rose & Butterfly Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth * Auburn Claire Lucas Mixed Ability Mixed
2 ** Stylised Flower Stitch Sampler ** Sonja Galsworthy Beginner Surface Stitches

* UK/Europe only.
** North America only.

 

Australian/New Zealand/East Asia

Australia/New Zealand/East Asia Schedule (Sun 11 – Sat 17 July)

Australia, New Zealand and East Asia: Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 July 7am-10.30am UK BST — choose a combination of a 4-day and a 3-day class.

All classes are scheduled in UK local time. If you are outside of the UK please check your local time. To check and convert times please visit TimeAndDate.com.

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Days
Class Title Tutor Level Technique(s)
4 Border Hearts Inspired by 1600s Gauntlet Gloves Deborah Wilding Mixed Ability Goldwork & Silk Shading
4 Blackwork Colour Wheel Jen Goodwin Mixed Ability Blackwork
4 Flying Flame Or Nué Dragon Helen McCook Intermediate Mixed
4 No Place Like Home Kelley Aldridge Intermediate Mixed
3 Dazzling Miss Daisy Angela Bishop Intermediate Mixed
3 Daffodil & Butterfly Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth Jessica Ingram Mixed Ability Mixed
3 Winterthur Birds Kate Barlow Mixed Ability Jacobean Crewelwork
3 Thistle & Stag Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth Sarah de Rousset-Hall Mixed Ability Mixed

 

Individual Class Descriptions

5-Day Classes (UK/Europe and North America only)

Design & Appliqué Stash Buster Project: ‘A Perfect Summer Day’ — Mixed Ability

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Anita Harrison
Technique
: Design and Appliqué
Level: Mixed Ability

The inspiration for this class comes from memories of Summer Days and started with the song ‘Perfect Day’ by Lou Reed, an evocative song capturing that feeling when you have had the best ever summer day.

Let your mind drift off to think of where you would like to spend your ‘Perfect Summer Day’.  Where would you be? What would you see?

Choose a couple of different photographs or pictures of that day.  If it is a day in your imagination, look through magazines or browse the internet to find inspirational photographs you can use as the basis of your thoughts.  During the design process, we will select the photo most suitable for your project, and then tweak it to create your ‘Prefect Summer Day’. Please keep in mind that your source photograph needs to contain good simple, but interesting shapes as this project will be worked on a 10″ embroidery hoop.  Do not worry if you are not confident with your drawing ability, you will be given a few tips to help you!

Using your source photograph, you will be encouraged to unleash your creativity to design your own individual project using your own stash of materials, fabrics and threads. You will learn a range of Appliqué techniques suitable for this size of project. These will include padding as well as fabric neatening, manipulation and application. Finally, you will turn your design into a fabric masterpiece.

For this class you are encouraged to produce a truly individual piece of work using your own fabrics and threads all gathered and ready to hand for the first session.  As you may need to purchase one or two items over the coming months, please take a moment to read the attached material and equipment list to make sure you will have access to them during the course.

PLEASE READ: Required Material and Equipment list (PDF)

Please note that this class does NOT include a kit.

Above image: Example of Student work by Wendy S. Shared with kind permission of Wendy S.

Design & Stitch: 'Jacobean Crewelwork' — Mixed Ability

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Chrissie Juno Mann
Technique
: Design & Jacobean Crewelwork
Level: Mixed Ability

Join this class to create your own Jacobean ‘Tree of Life’ Crewelwork design. This course will build your confidence in how to design for embroidery and take you through every stage to reach the completion of your piece. After 2 days of design and planning, you will then have three wonderful days to bring your design to life by using appropriate Crewelwork stitches to finish your very own design.

This class is for a confident beginner or intermediate embroiderer.

Day 1: The day will start with learning a little bit about the history of Jacobean Crewelwork, followed by some basic design techniques, to help you to create your own Jacobean Tree of Life Design. We will also look at stitches and colour in order for you to plan your project out.

Day 2: We will finalise the stitch and colour plans, plus learn how to transfer the design onto the fabric using the Prick and Pounce method. You will then frame up the fabric in a 10″ ring frame ready for the first day of stitching.

Days 3, 4 & 5: Over the next three days you will learn and sample a selection of Filling, Textural, Outline and Accent Stitches, which will be demonstrated by the Tutor. This will allow you to embroider your design with an appropriate choice and placement of stitches thus creating your Jacobean Crewelwork masterpiece.

A kit will be provided consisting of Linen Twill, a selection of 12 Appleton Wool threads, plus needles and a Prick and Pounce pack. You will also receive a booklet, which is full of motifs to help with the design stage. There are also items you will need to gather ready for the start of the course; please view the attached Materials list.

PLEASE READ: Required Materials List (PDF)

Developing Whitework — Intermediate

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Tracy A Franklin
Technique
: Whitework
Level: Intermediate

The aim of this course, taught over 5 days, will give you an insight into techniques used in Whitework embroidery covering Pulled and Drawn Thread Work, Surface
Embroidery, and the technique of fabric manipulation.

You will create a long sampler of ideas, which will be pieced with various fabrics, and hinged to create a concertina sampler booklet. This can be further developed after the course. It will be a sampler of ideas, a travelling developing piece of work, something to pick up now and then, which can be continued and developed in a variety of ways and will help inform future projects.

Techniques Covered:
Drawn Thread Work
– withdrawing threads to create bands for decoration
Pulled Thread Work – counted surface decoration pulling the warp and weft of even weave, or plain weave fabric to create a lace type effect
Fabric Manipulation – Creating folds, pleats and hinges by manipulating the fabric
Fringing and Fraying – Creating edges by fringing, and fraying
Piecing – Joining different types of fabric to create a sampler of ideas
Counted work – Used as surface decoration to create pattern
Surface Stitching – Used to create texture

Suitable for people with relevant embroidery experience who want to improve and extend their skills.

Goldwork & Silk Shading: 'Ely Knot' — Intermediate

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Helen Richman
Technique
: Goldwork & Silk Shading
Level: Intermediate

Combine the traditional hand embroidery techniques of Goldwork and Silk Shading to create this beautiful Ely Knot design, an adaptation of a motif which can be found on 14th century ecclesiastical embroidery belonging to Ely Cathedral.

This five day class will introduce you to many of the stitches and techniques which are essential in the art of Goldwork and Silk Shading embroidery. This will include learning Split Stitch and Long and Short Stitch, both of which form the Silk Shading technique. Then you will move on to the Goldwork sections which will include; learning how and where to use felt and string padding, applying gold kid leather, decorative Couching, Chipping, Cutwork, and applying gilt metal threads such as Pearl Purl, Japanese Thread and spangles.

The embroidery will be worked on an ivory silk-cotton blend background fabric with the design already printed on and the Silk Shading and decorative stitches worked in shades of green DMC stranded cotton thread.

3-Day Classes (4-Day AUS/NZ/Asia)

Border Hearts Inspired by 1600s Gauntlet Gloves — Mixed Ability

Tutor: Deborah Wilding
Technique
: Goldwork & Silk Shading
Level: Mixed Ability

This historical embroidery class is suitable for all levels but some embroidery experience would be beneficial. The design is based on a 1600s man’s gauntlet glove, which was embroidered with a design of fruits, a flower head, a phoenix rising from the ashes and a masked face worked in coloured silks and threads, edged with long metal thread fringing. The gloves reside in the Fashion Museum Bath.

The chosen motifs of fruit and foliage afford an opportunity to learn a combination of techniques; Surface and Metal Thread embroidery.  The stitches covered include Padded Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, Long and Short Shading as well as Couching, Cutwork and the couching of Pearl Purl, Spangles and Chips. These techniques work together to give a charming and historically accurate piece.

The design stitched area measures 16.5cm x 6.5cm (6 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches).  All materials are included as well as printed fabric, needles and a full instruction book.

Above image credit: Fashion Museum Bath and Trust/Worshipful Company of Glovers of London

Blackwork Colour Wheel — Mixed Ability

Tutor: Jen Goodwin
Technique
: Blackwork
Level: Mixed Ability

Everyone loves colour and this unique Blackwork kit affords a great opportunity to combine a variety of different colour theory principals whilst mastering the complexity of counted patterns in order to create this beautiful and informative colour wheel.

This design features several different Blackwork patterns, which seamlessly blend together whilst exploring tints, tones, shades and hues in this floral motif with added Goldwork.

The overall design measures approximately 5 inches in size.

Flying Flame Or Nué Dragon — Intermediate

Tutor: Helen McCook
Technique
: Mixed (Or Nué – Italian Shaded Couching, Appliqué & Surface Stitches)
Level: Intermediate

Please note that for the North America schedule (only) this class is being repeated on Sun 18 – Tues 20 July which is outside of the main North America schedule times.

This kit is part of an increasing range of Or Nué animal/mythological beasts, which are currently the focal point and inspiration for the tutor. Drawing on the original stories of folklore and fairy tales, which will be familiar the world over and often combined with intertwining Celtic Knot Work, the resulting designs and bright and bold colour palette pay homage to the beasts which dwell in those traditions.

This magnificent mythical beast is brought to life using the technique of Appliqué to create the foundations of the dragon and the style of Or Nué technique known as Italian Couching to solidify the strength and drama of the design. Chip Work and Surface Stitches are used to add details to the face and body of the dragon. The design allows consolidation of the techniques taught across the piece whilst allowing the play of colour which adds an additional complexity to this project.

This class is suitable for those who are already familiar with Goldwork.

No Place Like Home — Intermediate

Tutor: Kelley Aldridge
Technique
: Mixed Techniques (Appliqué, Surface Stitching, Cord & Tassel Making)
Level: Intermediate

The design for this class is inspired by the unchanging beauty of planet Earth; our Home in every sense. What better way to honour where you come from than with a map of the world and a multi-layered heart with your own keepsake secured within. From Australia to Zimbabwe, in town, countryside and everything in between, you will create a unique and personal memento of global and personal home.

You will learn several Appliqué techniques plus Surface Stitches including Buttonhole, Chain and Stem Stitch, French Knots, Seeding and Couching. You will also create a mini cord and tassel to frame your heart. This project is aimed at stitchers with some experience, however confident beginners are welcome! There will be some preparatory work required prior to the first class.

 

Goldwork Seashells — Intermediate

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Kate Cross
Technique: Goldwork
Level: Intermediate

This design will evoke memories of long summer days spent on the beach or milling around the rock pools. The design is transitioning across two pieces of coloured silk Dupion echoing a beach setting.  This intermediate kit will help to further your progression through to an advanced level.

You will cover two forms of padding – felt and soft string, both giving you different bases for the Goldwork. The Goldwork techniques include the couching of Japanese Thread, Pearl Purl and Rococo working them in a variety of directions teaching you how to appropriately turn where necessary. Following this you will learn Cutwork and Chipping using Bright Check and Smooth Purl. All these work together to create a varied, textured surface that allows the light to play and sparkle.

Some experience of Goldwork is necessary in order to take this intermediate class.

Strawberry Stems — Mixed Ability

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Heather Lewis
Technique
: Mixed Techniques (Raised Embroidery, Silk Shading & Goldwork)
Level: Mixed Ability

‘Strawberry Stems’ is a mixed technique class inspired by the embroidered caskets of the 17th century. The tutor spent time studying historical embroidered caskets at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

This new design is adapted from Heather’s Stumpwork Casket, which features in the ‘RSN Embroidered Boxes’ book published by Search Press in 2020.

This beautiful scrolling design is worked on silk Dupion and combines several techniques.  The strawberry has been worked in Long and Short Stitch graduating through several shades with the pips being added as a final flourish.  A Needlelace leaf (Detatched Buttonhole Stitch) with decreasing rounds of graduating shades of colours with a central vein of stem stitch.  Couched gold threads, a silk wrapped bead, French Knots and gold spangles link the two motifs together.

Developing Tambour: 'Moroccan Tile' — Intermediate

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Sara Rickards
Technique
: Tambour
Level: Intermediate

Worked on a black silk Organza this Tambour design was inspired by the intricate and detailed ceramic tiles found in Morocco and Turkey.

Lesson one will bring a quick refresh of the basic Tambour Stitch and applying beads before quickly moving onto applying the different layers of silk Organza onto the base fabric which are outlined with sequins.

A mixture of Stem and Vermicelli Stitch are worked using the Tambour Hook through the double layer of fabric, which will challenge the stitcher. Moving onto Satin Stitch with a Tambour Hook to create the flat petals of the flower.  The raised petals are worked separately in Long and Short on an additional piece of fabric which when complete will be cut and applied to the main design.

Finally, you will learn how to create a looped bead effect with the Tambour Hook and then learn how to stitch bugle beads so they lie parallel with one another.

This is a challenging design and you must be confident and proficient using the Tambour Hook to apply beads and sequins.

 

2-Day Classes (3-Day AUS/NZ/Asia)

Dazzling Miss Daisy — Intermediate

Tutor: Angela Bishop
Technique
: Mixed Techniques (Fabric Painting, Tapestry Shading, Surface Stitching, Goldwork)
Level: Intermediate

Taking inspiration from 1920’s fashion and the roaring 20’s era and following on from the publication of Angela Bishop’s book ‘Figure Work in Embroidery’, this class will explore the use of a variety of techniques to create a piece of contemporary embroidered artwork.

Using watercolour pencils to create your Dazzling Miss Daisy you will then enhance this grounding with embroidery and metal threads. Stitches will include French Knots and Turkey Rug Stitch to give the impression of a feather boa. Her pretty dress will be worked in Tapestry Shading a technique that uses only vertical Long and Short Stitches that will still create the wonderful effect of drapery in clothing.

You will learn how to successfully stitch a face and finally add some sparkle to your creation using metal threads with the technique known as Chipping, all to create your very own Dazzling Miss Daisy.

Daffodil & Butterfly Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth — Mixed Ability

Tutor: Jessica Ingram
Technique
: Mixed Techniques (Silk Shading, Goldwork & Surface Stitches)
Level: Mixed Ability

The richly embroidered altar cloth was found hanging in a glass case in St Faith’s Church, Bacton, having been retired as an altar cloth over a hundred years ago. Bacton was the birthplace of one of Elizabeth I’s most faithful servants, Blanche Parry, who began her 57 year service supervising the royal cradle rockers, and died as her Chief Gentlewoman of the Bedchamber. It is believed that the altar cloth was given to the church by or in memory of Blanche Parry. It is also known that the Queen would give Blanche her clothes and this piece of embroidery has motifs typical to the designs of the late 16th century and has a close resemblance to the bodice that can be seen in ‘The Rainbow’ portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, c.1600.

We worked with Historic Royal Palaces to help bring the embroidery of this wonderful piece to life and show visitors to the exhibition, what the dress might have looked like when it was originally stitched. Using the three motifs of a Daffodil, Rose and Thistle – the national flowers of Wales, England and Scotland we developed the first set of kits and accompanying classes. The designs were worked in the same stitches, Seeding, Stem Stitch, French Knots and Woven Wheels and we matched fabric and threads as near as possible to the original. The original fabric of the dress was a very special, ribbed cream silk with a silver metallic weft thread.  We matched the colour and the texture as close as we could but without the silver! We chose a good quality fabric which is a silk and wool mix that would take multiple strands of stranded cotton being passed through the rib along with the thick end of the metallic thread.

As an exclusive for the International Summer School each of the 3 kits has had an additional motif from the original Altar Cloth added to the design.

Each design is based on an image from the Bacton Cloth and will give you the opportunity to stitch in the same way as the 16th Century original using the following stitches; Stem Stitch, Seeding, and Darning. Worked in Stranded cottons and metal thread on a silk and wool mix cloth. In this kit the addition of the butterfly will give you the opportunity to master Long and Short Stitch in order to create the patterning on the wings as well as Chain Stitch on the tips of the wings along with an adaptation of Rhodes Stitch and the use of Gold Thread to highlight.

Each kit contains all materials, clear diagrams and full instructions to complete and suitable for embroiderers of all abilities.

Winterthur Birds — Mixed Ability

Tutor: Kate Barlow
Technique
: Jacobean Crewelwork
Level: Mixed Ability

Please note that for the North America schedule (only) this class is being repeated, split across Sun 11 and Sun 18 July which is outside of the main North America schedule times. 

This design is inspired by an embroidered pot holder or tea kettle holder held in the collection at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, US. The original is made of a plain woven linen fabric, the front has been stitched with pretty flowers and birds in Crewelwork and is inscribed with the date 1768 and the initials NW.

During this two day class you will cover 8 different Crewelwork stitches: Stem, Heavy Chain, Split, Satin, Long & Short, Buttonhole, Closed Fly Stitch and French Knots, all worked on a linen fabric in Appletons crewel wools in lovely shades of green and terracotta. Each stitch is used in several areas so there is plenty of opportunity to perfect your technique as you create your own interpretation of the original design. You could even add your own initials and date. Your kit comes with everything you need including full skeins of each colour and a comprehensive instruction booklet.

Above image credit: Winterthur Museum original image shared with kind permission of Winterthur Museum in Delaware, USA.

Thistle & Stag Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth — Mixed Ability

Tutor: Sarah de Rousset-Hall
Technique
: Mixed Techniques
Level: Mixed Ability

The richly embroidered altar cloth was found hanging in a glass case in St Faith’s Church, Bacton, having been retired as an altar cloth over a hundred years ago. Bacton was the birthplace of one of Elizabeth I’s most faithful servants, Blanche Parry, who began her 57 year service supervising the royal cradle rockers, and died as her Chief Gentlewoman of the Bedchamber. It is believed that the altar cloth was given to the church by or in memory of Blanche Parry. It is also known that the Queen would give Blanche her clothes and this piece of embroidery has motifs typical to the designs of the late 16th century and has a close resemblance to the bodice that can be seen in ‘The Rainbow’ portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, c.1600.

We worked with Historic Royal Palaces to help bring the embroidery of this wonderful piece to life and show visitors to the exhibition, what the dress might have looked like when it was originally stitched. Using the three motifs of a Daffodil, Rose and Thistle – the national flowers of Wales, England and Scotland we developed the first set of kits and accompanying classes. The designs were worked in the same stitches, Seeding, Stem Stitch, French Knots and Woven Wheels and we matched fabric and threads as near as possible to the original. The original fabric of the dress was a very special, ribbed cream silk with a silver metallic weft thread.  We matched the colour and the texture as close as we could but without the silver! We chose a good quality fabric which is a silk and wool mix that would take multiple strands of stranded cotton being passed through the rib along with the thick end of the metallic thread.

As an exclusive for the International Summer School each of the 3 kits has had an additional motif from the original Altar Cloth added to the design.

Each design is based on an image from the Bacton Cloth and will give you the opportunity to stitch in the same way as the 16th Century original using the following stitches; Stem and Buttonhole Stitch, Seeding and Darning along with Shaded Satin Stitch. Worked in Stranded cottons and metal thread on a silk and wool mix cloth. In this kit the addition of a majestic Stag will give you the opportunity to master Long and Short Stitch for the body and ever decreasing rows of Stem Stitch to create the face.

Each kit contains all materials, clear diagrams and full instructions to complete and suitable for embroiderers of all abilities.

Floral Monogram — Beginner

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Heather Lewis
Technique
: Mixed Techniques (Ribbon Embroidery, Surface Stitches and Goldwork)
Level: Beginner

Ribbon embroidery originated in France in the mid-17th century. It was used to embellish gowns, military uniforms, waistcoats and gauntlets.

This delightful design is worked on cream silk Dupion and is inspired by the tutor’s love of flowers.

Choose a letter from the alphabet and learn how to transfer the design onto fabric using the traditional Prick and Pounce method.

Your chosen letter will be couched gold threads and then beautifully embellished with a variety of Ribbon Embroidery stitches including Woven Wheel roses, Ribbon Stitch leaves and looped flowers. The design is enhanced with a few surface embroidery stitches including Fly Stitch along with an added touch of sparkle with the addition of gold beads and sequins.

This class is suitable for beginners or those new to Ribbon embroidery.

The kit contains all materials needed to complete the project including fabric, silk ribbons, gold threads, embroidery threads, needles, beads, sequins, instructions and even pounce used to transfer the design.

You will also need your own embroidery scissors and a sharp pencil.

 

Raised Embroidery Flamingo — Intermediate

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe and North America schedules. It is not available in the AUS/NZ/Asia schedule.

Tutor: Sara Rickards
Technique
: Raised Embroidery
Level: Intermediate

Worked in a palette of vibrant pink and gold onto a cream linen, this stylised Raised Embroidery Flamingo was inspired by a holiday to the tropical Caribbean and the tutor’s love for flamingos.

On the first day you will begin by learning how to apply silk fabric to your base fabric of linen and how to apply the felt padding in preparation for the couched Passing and Chipping to sit on top.  The second day is spent learning how to outline and finish the applied fabrics with Pearl Purl.

You will also learn how to make three dimensional wings out of silk and silk organza that are embellished with overstretched Pearl Purl, Chipping and filled with Needlelace, a typical Raised Embroidery technique. These can then applied to the main fabric to complete your piece.

Tudor Rose & Butterfly Inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth — Mixed Ability

Please note that this class is only available in the UK/Europe schedule. It is not available in the North America or AUS/NZ/Asia schedules.

Tutor: Auburn Claire Lucas
Technique
: Mixed Techniques (Silk Shading, Goldwork & Surface Stitches)
Level: Mixed Ability

The richly embroidered altar cloth was found hanging in a glass case in St Faith’s Church, Bacton, having been retired as an altar cloth over a hundred years ago. Bacton was the birthplace of one of Elizabeth I’s most faithful servants, Blanche Parry, who began her 57 year service supervising the royal cradle rockers, and died as her Chief Gentlewoman of the Bedchamber. It is believed that the altar cloth was given to the church by or in memory of Blanche Parry. It is also known that the Queen would give Blanche her clothes and this piece of embroidery has motifs typical to the designs of the late 16th century and has a close resemblance to the bodice that can be seen in ‘The Rainbow’ portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, c.1600.

We worked with Historic Royal Palaces to help bring the embroidery of this wonderful piece to life and show visitors to the exhibition, what the dress might have looked like when it was originally stitched. Using the three motifs of a Daffodil, Rose and Thistle – the national flowers of Wales, England and Scotland we developed the first set of kits and accompanying classes. The designs were worked in the same stitches, Seeding, Stem Stitch, French Knots and Woven Wheels and we matched fabric and threads as near as possible to the original. The original fabric of the dress was a very special, ribbed cream silk with a silver metallic weft thread.  We matched the colour and the texture as close as we could but without the silver! We chose a good quality fabric which is a silk and wool mix that would take multiple strands of stranded cotton being passed through the rib along with the thick end of the metallic thread.

As an exclusive for the International Summer School each of the 3 kits has had an additional motif from the original Altar Cloth added to the design.

Each design is based on an image from the Bacton Cloth and will give you the opportunity to stitch in the same way as the 16th Century original using the following stitches; Stem and Buttonhole and Seeding and Darning. Worked in Stranded cottons and metal thread on a silk and wool mix cloth. In this kit the addition of the butterfly will give you the opportunity to master Long and Short Stitch in order to create the patterning on the wings and the use of Gold Thread to fill a shape rather than for outlining.

Each kit contains all materials, clear diagrams and full instructions to complete and suitable for embroiderers of all abilities.

Stylised Flower Stitch Sampler — Beginner

Please note that this class is only available in the North America schedule. It is not available in the UK/Europe or AUS/NZ/Asia schedules.

Tutor: Sonja Galsworthy
Technique
: Surface Stitch
Level: Beginner

During this two day class, you will be learning the stitches needed to complete this contemporary ‘Stylised Flower’ design. You will be covering the following traditional techniques: Back, Chain, Stem, Buttonhole, Satin, Fly, Whipped Back, and Pekinese stitch, French and Bullion Knots, Couching and Laid Work. This combination of stitches will create the beginning of a stitch library for you and are a good mixture of textures and effects that you can refer back to as you progress to more complex pieces.

Suitable for people with little or no embroidery experience and wish to learn and improve.