The embroidery design on this metalwork class is based on a netsuke attached to an inro held in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Japan collections.
An inro is a container made up of tiers, worn because the traditional Japanese garment, the kimono, had no pockets. From the late 1500s onwards, Japanese men wore the inro suspended from their obi (sash) by a silk cord and a netsuke — a carved, button-like toggle. Originally used to hold a seal and ink, or a supply of medicines, inro rapidly became expensive fashion accessories with little practical use.— a carved, button-like toggle. Originally used to hold a seal and ink, or a supply of medicines, inro rapidly became expensive fashion accessories with little practical use.
Metalwork Embroidery is a technique seen throughout history on pieces such as haute couture garments, ceremonial and military dress and ecclesiastical furnishings. Its richness and opulence was a symbol of wealth and power, and fine examples can be seen on the Queen’s Coronation Robe as well as high fashion today.
The Fish are stitched with silver, green opal, and gold metal threads and in a variety of stitches including Couching, Or Nue (couching with a colour) and Cutwork, surrounded by Pearl purl metal leaves, all traditional skills in this beautiful style of embroidery. The design also has patterning created with sequins on top of the metal threads.
The embroidery can be mounted on a pre cut board and placed on a wooden backing ready for hanging, in the style of a netsuke.
The finished piece measures approximately 12x7cm.
This class is suitable for all levels although some experience would be an advantage.
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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