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Embroidery at the Mary Ward Centre (Concessionary Fee Available)

Embroidery at the Mary Ward Centre (Concessionary Fee Available)

Duration: 12 sessions

Price: £199

Book with: Reception Team
at Mary Ward Centre

42 Queen Square

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About the Course

Learn a wide range of creative embellishment skills, using both hand and machine embroidery. Each term will begin with learning techniques, which will lead to a personal project. All levels of experience welcome for each term.
Term 1. Learn a wide range of hand and machine embroidery techniques.
Term 2. Learn appliqué techniques with hand and machine embroidery.
Term 3. Learn fabric manipulation with hand and machine embroidery.

Who is this course for
Learn a wide range of hand and machine embroidery, embellishment and manipulation techniques, to create innovative and contemporary textiles.
This class is open to anyone who has a passion for textiles and would like to develop their creative ability through the art of stitch. No previous experience is necessary and students will learn new skills focusing on their particular requirements. Experimentation is key as students build their own stitch vocabulary in traditional and non-traditional materials. In addition students will learn how to develop independent research and design skills, exploring their individual working process, to complete a self initiated project.

What does this course cover
Students will learn a vocabulary of stitch techniques and experiment with new ways of looking at stitch, focusing on a different area of embroidery each term. Individual projects will encourage students to explore the vast scope of embroidery and expand student's knowledge of both decorative and conceptual stitch, with particular emphasis on stitch as a medium of self-expression and communication.
Central to the design element of the course, students will originate stitch inspiration from their own drawing and mark making, photographs and found images. Students will learn how to develop an idea from primary and secondary sources resulting in a finished textile.
With tutor support students will tap into, and cultivate, their individual creativity. Students will gather stitch skills and knowledge through exhibition visits and researching textile artists, making stitch samples, one to one tutorials, group discussions, tutor demonstrations, hand-outs and visual presentations.

Term 1 - Building a vocabulary of hand embroidery stitches. First time students will be introduced to
a range of stitches. If students have attended the class before they will be encouraged to perfect already learnt stitches and to practice more complex ones. All students will be shown how to use the sewing machine as a creative tool for drawing, with particular emphasis on free machine embroidery.
After producing a range of samples students will do a self-initiated project, encouraging them to develop their own designs and be experimental with their stitch ideas.

Term 2 - New students will be introduced to applique, in all its various guises, incorporating both traditional and modern techniques. Students will experiment with hand and machine methods to layer, tear, fray, cut and stuff, to produce what is essentially a fabric collage. Repeat students will perfect their techniques and will be encouraged to be more adventurous with their methods and materials. All the students will then do a self-initiated project that will enable them to develop ideas and be experimental with media and techniques.

Term 3 - Students will learn manipulating fabric techniques, practicing how they can alter the structure of fabric. They will focus particularly on how to turn the surface into a relief. We will concentrate on pleating, stuffing, twisting, folding and gathering to create interesting and innovative structures on the surface. These samples will combine both hand and machine stitching. Students will then follow a self-initiated project where they will be able to develop, expand and add a personal touch to the techniques they have learnt.

By the end of the course students will:
1. Produce creative stitched textile samples incorporating a range of stitches and techniques
previously unknown to you.
2. Have a wider knowledge and understanding of artists and designers that work in stitch.
3. Demonstrate the ability to explore your own individual creativity.
4. Gather and collate your own reference material that will lead to a self-initiated project.
5. Develop ideas through drawings and samples with the aim of producing a final piece.
6. Reflect on and evaluate your own work and that of others.

Mary Ward Centre is an adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable. Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 26th September 2019
Thursday 16th January 2020
Thursday 30th April 2020
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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