Textiles: illustrative embroidery
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VX438
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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What is the course about?
On this course you will develop your embroidery skills. You will learn a range of hand embroidery stitches and how these stitches can be used to design a piece. You will also learn machine embroidery, using your sewing machine as a drawing tool and experimenting with different techniques, threads and surfaces. Students will experiment with design ideas and will learn how to transfer designs to cloth. Some appliquéd fabrics using bondaweb will be added to the mix to create a range of samples. Both garment embellishment and textile design will be explored.
What will we cover?
Hand embroidery, Machine embroidery, appliqué, drawing, design elements, composition.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Create your own design for embroidery.
Use a variety of hand embroidery stitches, including filling in stitches, couching and outline stitches.
Use the sewing machine for free machine embroidery.
Transfer a design onto cloth.
Use bondaweb to attach fabric to a background.
Consider designs for both garments and textiles.
Develop a range of samples.
Create an embellished garment or textile piece.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course for learners with little experience. You do not need any particular skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged. You do not need to do any work outside the class, but you may want to work on ideas and practice your embroidery skills. You also want to try what you have learned on your own sewing machine.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may want to continue your learning on a longer more in depth textiles course such as Stitched Textiles or Surface, Structure, Stitch.
Rosie James is a Textile Artist living and working in Kent, UK. She has a BA Hons Textiles degree from Surrey Institute of Art and Design and an MA in Textiles from Goldsmith College London. Rosie started off with a small business making dyed and screen printed fabrics, scarves, ties, cushions etc, but once she discovered that she could use the sewing machine to draw with, she found herself doing less printing and more stitching. She began creating larger and more one off pieces and brought back her screen printing skills to mix up stitch and print in large-scale illustrative pieces. People and crowds became her focus and particularly specific groups in particular places, such as art galleries or tourist spots. She gets in amongst them with her camera and then translates these photos into drawings and then stitches them using an old Bernina and black thread. Rosie has exhibited her work all over the world and has large-scale pieces in hotels and museums in the UK and the USA. Rosie has published a book called “Stitch Draw” which illustrates and demonstrates her techniques.
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