This is a creative hand embroidery workshop which will celebrate the beauty of the Mountain Cornflower, commonly found growing in our gardens in the Spring.
We will be making a close study of all the intricate elements of this flower and translate them into a unique hand-embroidered piece for you to frame or incorporate into a cushion panel or evening bag.
A knowledge of some basic embroidery stitches would be advantageous, but all levels of ability are welcome. Personal friendly tuition will be given at every stage of the process.
In 1979 Helen Roskell qualified at University of London, Goldsmiths College with a Bachelor in Education degree. During her time there she always had one eye on another department in the College! Goldsmiths' highly-renowned Textiles Department was a thriving hub of creativity and on countless occasions she found herself wondering if she should have changed direction. She would spend time wandering along the Kingsway Corridor fascinated by the workrooms and the different forms of creative textile work in progress.
Since the age of four Helen has been interested in colour, stitch, form and texture. Even at this young age she would be arranging threads and fabrics into some kind of order and would glean pleasure from analysing tiny handmade pieces. Her love of the natural world and for collecting embroidery from all corners of the globe spilled into adulthood and she now has an extensive collection of antique textiles and reference books. In 1998 she obtained the City and Guilds Certificate in Creative Embroidery at Exeter College and as well as running the workshops she has given talks on stitch techniques and antique textile collections to W.I groups and Rotary Clubs as well as smaller embroidery groups.
All of Helen's embroidered pieces are stitched entirely by hand and produced from her own sketchbooks and designs. The whole process is very detailed and time-consuming, but she is never tempted to use a machine as she feels this would compromise her individual style and detract from the experience of what she enjoys doing most.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Includes tuition, all materials, three course hot/cold buffet lunch, refreshments.