Join this bespoke Appliqué hand embroidery class inspired by the Hastings Embroidery, an historic piece which perfectly demonstrates the Appliqué technique.
During the class you will apply six fabric pieces and learn the following four embroidery stitches: Buttonhole Stitch, Stem Stitch, Fly Stitch and Couching. You will be using a selection of beautiful threads including stranded cottons, chenille thread, metallic thread and a flat satin cord.
The Hastings Embroidery was commissioned by Group Captain Ralph Ward in 1965 and was completed by the RSN Embroidery Studio in 1966, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The embroidery is made up of 27 panels, each one measuring 9ft x 3ft, and depicts 81 significant events in British history during the 900 years from 1066 to 1966. It took 22 RSN embroiderers 10 months to complete.
Panel 1 depicts ‘The Battle of Hastings’ and is the inspiration behind Helen’s kit . “William’s men are shown landing from their ships and going in to action against the Anglo-Saxons. There is some controversy amongst historians about the landing, but it seems probable that William’s ship, being the best and fastest, out sailed the rest of his fleet and that, with the only one or two other ships, he landed at Pevensey. Here he took the castle, which was practically undefended, and left a garrison. It is known that he then moved on to the neighbourhood of Hastings where he set up his camp and Headquarters.” (Source: Hastings Embroidery guide book).
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
The class kit must be bought from the Tutor on the day for £25 (cash only) and will include everything you require to complete the project.
The class runs from 10am to 4pm (please arrive by 9.45am) and you will also have the rare opportunity to see this impressive embroidery at the site of the new creative arts centre at Bridgepoint Rye, Rock Channel, Rye, East Sussex.
Please note that if the class sells out then we may add an extra date on 5 October so please add your name to the waiting list to be kept informed.