In this class you will learn one of the oldest forms of embroidery in Britain: silk shading. This is the type of work you might see in Opus Anglicanum alongside beautiful Goldwork – the faces and beautiful draped garments of figures are embroidered using this technique, and of course it is often used to create stunning flowers that you could almost pluck from the fabric.
Today we usually use cotton threads for Silk Shading, because they come in a wide range of colours. In this class we will go back to the most traditional of threads – floss (or flat) silk – which is a bundle of silk fibres, barely twisted together. These fibres lay flat and smooth on the fabric, giving a beautiful gloss to the embroidery.
Each leaf has just two colours, transitioning from spring greens through to autumn reds. This allows you to practice the important elements of the technique of long and short shading. There will also be the option to outline each leaf with gold wire.
The tutor will demonstrate to the group, and give plenty of individual attention to each student allowing you to develop your embroidery skills. The class is suitable for beginners or stitchers who wish to try their hand at stitching with real silk.
The class kit will include everything you require to complete the project. You may like to bring your own embroidery scissors and you will be able to borrow ring frames, magnifiers and lights (if needed) on the day.
This class will run from 10am-4pm at Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU.