What is the course about?
Do you wish to take a more experimental approach with your work? Well this is could be an opportunity for you to create exciting and imaginative samples, which stretch and challenge you. Using design exercises, you will learn/ revisit a range of stitches and techniques, and be encouraged to break the rules to create a very individual and personal response to the set exercises.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Learned new skills and exercises, given opportunity to practice & gain confidence in them. Relaxed & supportive atmosphere. Good set of samples produced for to me refer to & build on."
What will we cover?
In each session, you will be introduced to a range of different techniques and stitches for you to creatively interpret into samples. These will include stitches from the chain family, buttonhole, loop and knotted family. Working with simple design exercises you will look at different ways of using stitch to build up texture; consider pattern, colour work and use of expressive line. You will explore and experiment with unusual materials both to stitch with and on; the aim will be for you to work on samples that can be used as to part of a portfolio or for personal development and enjoyment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic hand stitch techniques
- Build confidence it experimenting with a range of hand stitch techniques
- Identify and use a range of non traditional materials
- Create a range of hand embroidered samples
- Use the elements of design to inform your work
Students with some experience will also:
• Create a wide range of experimental and responsive hand embroidery samples
• Demonstrate development of current embroidery skills.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels, beginners will be introduced to a range of basic hand stitch techniques and encouraged to use non traditional materials. More experienced students will have the opportunity to try out a wide range of experimental stitch techniques and build on current skills. An open mind and a willingness to explore are also desirable. Please be aware that the class will be made up of students of differing levels of experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be set practical exercises, which are supported by demonstrations, discussions, illustration and handouts. Tutorials will take place individually, with small groups and with the group as a whole. Extension exercises can be set if requested, to be completed at home.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided and the tutor will bring a range of design imagery. However feel free to bring along any of your own images and unusual materials to stitch with, anything that you have collected over the years but never felt confident in using.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX303: Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery
VX337 Experimental screen printing for textiles
VX341 Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles
VX488 Textiles: mixed media embellishment.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details