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Blackwork Shading (Stitching With Liz & Helen)

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Blackwork Shading (Stitching With Liz & Helen)

Duration: one day

Price: £65

Contact: Elizabeth at The Art of the Needle

Exeter Community Centre,
17 Saint David's Hill

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 4th April 2020

About the Course

'Stitching With Liz & Helen' is a collaboration between two Royal School of Needlework tutors, Liz Tapper & Helen Jones, to bring the art of needlework to Exeter. We aim to provide classes in a range of techniques and for varying skill levels.

Please do get in touch if there's a particular course you would like to see listed.

Learn how to shade using the technique of blackwork on counted linen, with a RAMM inspired design. The design will be worked on white 20hpi evenweave linen using black stranded cotton. The class will cover how to transfer the design onto the fabric and the different ways of shading with blackwork, while working a design inspired by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collection.

Blackwork came to England from Spain with Catherine of Aragon in 1501. Its diaper patterns originated from ancient Moorish patterns which were made up of intricately designed, interlaced geometric shapes. It was widely used during the Tudor period on clothing, particularly on cuffs and collars, where it was worked to be the same on both sides of the fabric. Today's blackwork has seen the use of shading, leading to the creation of some beautiful embroidered images, purely in black thread on white linen.

The kit costs £26 and is payable to the tutor on the day.

There will be an hour’s break for lunch at 1pm. Coffee, tea and biscuits are included in the class price. There are shops nearby for lunch, but it may be easier to bring a packed lunch.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a traditional hand embroidery technique, in the relaxing environment of Exeter Community Centre, situated in the lovely city of Exeter.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Other locations possible - tutor willing to travel
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends