Do you enjoy counted cross stitch but would like to do something a bit different? Why not learn 3 more techniques to build your abilities and enjoyment of this wonderful handcraft. Hardanger comes from a town in Norway and you can find pictures of women dressed in beautiful aprons decorated with Hardanger embroidery. It is done traditionally in white thread on white even weave fabric, but many patterns introduce different colours. Many find it easier than cross stitch as you usually use the same colour for the main embroidery rather than constantly changing.

This embroidery is excellent for small Christmas or Birthday gifts and can be completed in a fairly short time. Book marks and pin cushions are a few items that can be handy and made easily. During this class you will be given notes, a chart and a starters' kit so you can complete a project in class.

Blackworth is a Spanish counted thread embroidery, usually using white even weave fabric and embroidered with black embroidery thread. Here again there are many small articles that can be completed in a reasonable time as well as pictures that can look like a sketch and many other uses. Notes will be supplied as will kits for you to get the feel of this unusual embroidery style.

Drawn thread work is a very easy embroidery style and is done by just pulling out certain threads, then binding the threads left in very interesting patterns. This results in a very lacy pattern that can be used to embellish blouses, cushions and many other household items. Kits and instructions will be provided.

Come along and either try just one of the embroidery styles, or try them all! It could open up wider horizons and help answer the problem of “what to give” this Christmas for people that have everything!

About the Tutor:

"I came from a family that was always very interested in all crafts. I watched my mother, grandmother and aunts (one of whom was a professional dressmaker) making our clothes, knitting, crocheting embroidering and tatting and at a very early age was given a child’s sewing machine to make simple garments for my dolls. I did sewing at school and after went to any course I could find to further my skills including a tailoring course.

I have been dressmaking professionally for about 40 years. Nearly all this time I specialized in weddings. About 28 years ago I joined a group that ran classes in a variety of interests and I taught at first my crafts and later dressmaking. This was my first opportunity to test my teaching skills and found I loved it. About 26 years ago I was asked to join the SGSCC teaching tatting at first then gradually the other crafts I was proficient in. (Knitting,Crochet, Embroidery, etc)

A couple of years later the opportunity occurred for me to teach Dressmaking then Pattern Making. I love teaching and seeing my students gaining confidence in the making of things, wearing their creations and, with their pattern making skills, to create their own designs. My students often remark that they learn so much information that is never found in books or the internet.

I enjoy meeting people of all ages and my aim is for the students to learn these skills so they too can enjoy creating things with their own hands." Jan

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
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