Embroiderers' Guild Short Courses


Here you will find the start of a collection of short courses aimed at the widest range of embroiderers. Some are topic based allowing the student to develop a new skill in a new arena. Some are project based enabling the production of a unique item to enjoy. Some are experimental techniques for you to develop to your own particular interests. Some later ones will be study based, researching a topic and turning your results into a piece of work or a handmade book.

Whatever you choose we hope that you will find the experience rewarding and fun. With these courses there is no allocated tutor but you will have access to the learning direct team by email should you have any difficulties. The address is eglearningdirect@embroiderersguild.com. Also there are no kits to go with the courses but again suppliers will be recommended. However all these courses are eligible for a certificate of successful completion if you so wish – just send images of your work to EG learning direct at the email above with your reference number.

Here are the first 10 courses. More will be available in the spring.

All courses have the same cost of £45 each throughout 2017 for members and £60 for non-members.

Please download and print the Short Courses Terms and Conditions plus the booking form here

SHORT COURSE 1 - SKELETAL SEA HOLLY

SKELETAL SEA HOLLY - In this course you will learn how to make a 3D flower on a covered wire stem.

You will be doing free machine stitching working with your sewing machine, using Lutrador, a hoop and a hot air gun.

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

Skeletal Sea Holly

What you need:

Sewing machine, facility for lowering the feed dogs
Darning foot
8"/20cm embroidery hoop
Hot Airgun (not hairdryer)
Soldering iron (optional)
Metallic or Rayon thread (will not burn)
90 or metallic machine needle
Black marker/pencil
Fine 0.2mm copper wire
White Lutrador medium or lightweight
1/1.5mm wire for stems (florist/cake wire)
Old flesh coloured tights
Piece of cotton to fit hoop for teasel
Brown thread for teasel

SHORT COURSE 2 - FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY

FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY - Free machine embroidery allows you to "draw and paint" with thread.

The main difference is that you work with the feed dogs lowered enabling you to direct the stitch line in the direction of your choice.

LEVEL: BEGINNER

Free Motion Embroidery

What you need:

Sewing machine where you can drop the feed dogs (check your manual)
A variety of machine threads and fabric scraps

SHORT COURSE 3 - GOLDWORK ACORNS

GOLDWORK ACORNS - In this course you will learn to identify some specialist goldwork threads and the ways in which they are used.

You will explore couching,padding find leathers and chipping.

LEVEL: BEGINNER

Goldwork Acorns

What you need:

Instructions
Backing fabric
8 x 8" silk, felt
2 x 1" squares of different gold kids
2 x no. 8 beads
1m T69, 25cm medium rococco
A length of Diamant
50cm rough check no. 6
25cm wire check no. 8

SHORT COURSE 4 - STENCIL AND PASTE

STENCIL AND PASTE - In this course you will learn how to make a simple cut out stencil which you will use with gesso and moulding paste to give a different dimension to your work.

You will use the stencil on natural fabrics and synthetic fabrics that can be burnt back with a heat gun. The stencil will be of your own design to be incorporated into your own work.

At the end of the technique you will see different ways this technique has been used to good effect.

LEVEL: ALL

Stencil and Paste

What you need:

Stencil paper
Funky foam
Pen/pencil
Tracing paper/tissue paper
Sharp knife
Cutting board
Design Shape
Masking tape
Waterproof table covering
Gesso
Moulding paste
Scraper
Bowl for washing stencil and scraper
Kitchen roll
Brusho paint powders

SHORT COURSE 5 - WHITEWORK 1

WHITEWORK 1 - In this course you will make a sampler of whitework stitches which you will then be able to use in your own designs.

LEVEL: ALL

Whitework Short Course

What you need:

25 count linen
Coton a broder 16
Coton a broder 25
8" hoop

SHORT COURSE 6 - HYDRANGEA BAG

HYDRANGEA BAG - In this course you will use transfer crayons and stitch to create a glorious little bag.

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

Hydrangea Bag

What you need:


Transfer crayons
Plain paper
Iron & ironing board
Baking parchment
Cutting Board
Hydrangea petals or image
Ruler, Scissors
Cord winder or pencil and door handle
8" hoop
Sewing machine
Needles for machine and hand sewing
Fabric Marker
White bias binding
3 x A4 polyester cotton in white
20cm square of polyester organza in pink or purple, one in white
A4 Bondaweb
A4 pelmet Vilene
A3 lining fabric
Toning hand and machine threads

SHORT COURSE 7 - BEFORE ZENTANGLE THERE WAS BLACKWORK

BEFORE ZENTANGLE THERE WAS BLACKWORK - By working the samples in the exercises, you will be able to use Double Running Stitch to create a double sided design. Create your own sample of Blackwork embroidery on a counted thread background.

LEVEL: ALL

Blackwork

What you need:

Embroidery hoop or frame
Aida fabric - #10, #12, or #14 count (blocks per inch) no more than 20cm x 20cm
Trick-marker or water-soluble pen (or similar) try Frixion
6-stranded cotton or Coton a Broder in a range of thicknesses
#24 or # 26 Tapestry needles (blunt point)
Embroidery scissors
Plain paper and graph paper, pencil and eraser

SHORT COURSE 8 - CROSS STITCH FROM THE START

CROSS STITCH FROM THE START - In this short course you will be introduced to the materials used in cross stitch designs and then shown how to take an idea of your own to make a finished piece.

LEVEL: ALL

Cross Stitch

What you need:

8" hoop
2 x 20cm square Aida, one in 10-14, one in 18
Stranded cotton embroidery threads
Tapestry needles e.g. no. 24
Scissors

SHORT COURSE 9 - ABBEY RUINS

ABBEY RUINS - In this course you will learn how to make a wall hanging of one of the panels from the Triptych abbey ruins. You will be creating your own fabric for the ruins to resemble old flint, stone and brickwork. You will be doing free machine stitching working with your sewing machine and using a hot air gun.

LEVEL: ABILITY TO FREE MACHINE

Abbey Ruins

What you need:

Sewing machine with the facility to put the feed dogs down
Darning foot
90 or 100 machine needle
Hot air gun (not a hairdryer which is not hot enough)
Linen or heavy cotton for background 22" x 32"
Linen or cotton for backing (slightly bigger than the background)
Cotton batting (slightly bigger than the background)
4-5 pieces of cotton calico (slightly bigger than A4) cream or neutral colours
A selection of coloured polyester organza e.g. black, grey, red, cream, orange, burgundy
(look at photos of abbey ruins)
Chiffon scarves (black is essential for shadows)
Tulle or net, small pieces of black, white, cream

SHORT COURSE 10 - STARTING HERE GOLDWORK 1


STARTING HERE GOLDWORK 1 - In this course you will learn to identify some specialist goldwork threads and the ways in which they are used. You will explore felt padding and use fine leathers. You will work some small stitch samples to master basic couching and padding before following a simple design to produce a panel on silk noil.

LEVEL: ALL

Goldwork

What you need:

Tacking thread
2 pieces of cotton, polycotton or calico as backing approx 20cm square (8")
16cm (6.5") embroidery hoop
2" square kid, pewter or gilt
Size 15 beads in dark green, (approx 100)
Diamant gold thread, one reel
Gutermann 488 thread
Millary 20 cm
Rough check purl no. 1, 20cm
T70, 20cm
Purl purl no. 1, 20cm
Medium Rococo 20cm
3ply twist no. 3, 20cm
Silk 9" square
Beeswax

 
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