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

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




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.

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