Out of the Blue Butterfly: Hand Embroidery with the Royal School of Needlework

Tuesday 7 July | 10:45am–4:45pm | £120 (Postponed)



Join Sarah Smith from the Royal School of Needlework and learn how to create this stunning butterfly motif.

Inspired by the iconic Designer’s Guild fabric and wallpaper design ‘Issoria’, this one-day class will introduce you to the popular technique of Silk Shading or ‘painting with a needle’. Working on hand dyed pale green linen, you will use a combination of stranded cottons and machine thread to recreate the beautiful and delicate colours and patterns of the butterfly’s wings. You will learn how to blend colours using several needles at a time and the importance of stitch direction in maintaining a realistic and flowing appearance. Stitches covered will include Split Stitch, Long and Short Stitch, Satin Stitch, French Knots and Seeding.

All materials and instructions will be provided and will include your own embroidery kit which can be used to continue your embroidery at home. The work is quite delicate and small scale, so you may wish to bring any magnification devices or glasses with you that you find helpful.

The workshop is suitable for all levels and those looking to learn new stitches and techniques. More details about Sarah Smith can be found here.

Price: £120 includes equipment and exhibition entry
Numbers are limited for this workshop, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please get in touch via our contact form.

Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our visitors and staff. We have made changes and introduced new measures to help keep you and our team safe during your workshop. We have also introduced safe visiting guidance throughout the Museum.

– As of 14 September 2020, in line with new government guidelines, all workshops will observe the ‘rule of six’. Each workshop will be led by one tutor and attended by no more than five learners. We ask that you observe social distancing wherever possible throughout your workshop.

– On arrival you will be asked to queue outside the Museum in a socially distanced manner. Upon entry to the Museum foyer please present your workshop ticket on your device or bring a note of your booking reference – there is no need to print.

– Each participant will have use of a single set of equipment for the duration of the workshop. All equipment and furniture will be sanitised prior to your arrival and following your departure.

– Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the Museum. Please sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the workshop space.

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks or shields. Please ensure you bring a face covering to your workshop.

– Gloves will be available should you wish to use them.

– To avoid the need to gather round your tutor, additional technology will be in place to support demonstrations of techniques etc.

– As we are not currently able to provide water, we ask that you please bring your own.

– Your workshop ticket includes exhibition entry. To facilitate this safely we ask that you visit during your lunch hour, at which time capacity has been adjusted accordingly.

– All museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

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