Pearl Embroidery is a technique that was popular in Eastern Europe in 13th – 18th centuries. The technique is often associated with Russian embroidery where it was extensively used for embellishing tsar’s court dresses and accessories, middleclass crowns and jewellery, as well as ecclesiastical pieces until 18th century. A wide variety of sea and freshwater pearls of different sizes and colours are traditionally used for the embroidery. A distinctive feature of the technique is that the pearls are stitched onto white linen string for a raised effect to show all the beauty of the material. Gold twisted thread and gemstones were also traditionally used. Learn the traditional technique by stitching the modern design on a velvet fabric. Practice stitching Freshwater Pearls, Beads and Crystals both flat and over string padding. Learn how to work with gold threads and find out more about history of Pearl embroidery.
During the class you will see demonstrations of all required techniques, as well as get individual attention from the tutor allowing you to develop your skills at your own pace. The class is suitable for students of any level of embroidery skills including absolute beginners.
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.
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