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Parchment craft: Christmas cards at Flatford Mill

Parchment craft: Christmas cards at Flatford Mill

About the Course

Parchment Craft (also known as Pergamano) is the art of embellishing and decorating parchment paper, through the use of techniques such as embossing, perforating, stippling, cutting and colouring. If you are new to the craft you will learn how to trace and emboss enabling you to make some simple greeting cards. The tutor will supply you with some basic tools for a small fee if you want to try out this easy yet effective craft. You do not need any artistic ability because the cards are traced from patterns, which you can then embellish. If you are a more advanced parchment crafter there will be a more intricate and complex card for you to try over the weekend.

Please note you will need good eyesight and a steady hand as the work is detailed and intricate.

Course tutor: Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith has been teaching in adult education for over 25 years, and is a qualified Pergamano tutor. She runs several very popular courses throughout the year at Flatford and elsewhere.

What to Bring
Extra small, small and large ball tools
1 needle, 2 needle and 4 needle tool
A semi square
An embossing and a perforating mat (you could use an old sponge mouse or similar)
A mapping pen with a very fine nib (the tutor uses a speedball hunts pen holder and extra fine nib)
White drawing ink
Small pair of pergamano scissors
Low tack sellotape
Double sided sellotape
Sticky ink
An old mapping pen
‘Glamour dust’ glitter.
Some coloured card for inserts
A4 parchment paper
Any embellishments you would like to bring i.e. diamantes, pearls, etc
Kitchen towel
Small water jar
Note: The tutor will have speedball pens, card for inserts, parchment, embellishments, sticky ink and glamour dust for sale over the weekend if you do not wish to purchase these items yourself. She will also provide two patterns for the weekend. Extra patterns will be available for purchase.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance


Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
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Suitable for

  • Christmas
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Wheelchair users

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