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Group and Individual Instruction 

At Gutter Lane Embroidery, we teach a wide variety of historic and contemporary hand embroidery techniques for all levels of skill.  

For more information about private, group or online instruction, please contact us at 

[email protected]

Workshops

The following projects are based on techniques used in 16th century embroidery.  They can be taught in groups from 10 to 25 students.  If your group is interested please email [email protected] for more information on availability, teaching fees and kit costs.

The B​oleyn Bloom

This beautiful blue blossom was inspired by a fragment of embroidery traditionally believed to have graced the bed Anne Boleyn was born in.  It is a two day project suitable for intermediate embroiderers.  Gold and green metallic leather, plate, crystals, beads, spangles all combine with traditional goldwork threads to make this an engaging motif to embroider.  It is worked on a ground of silk faille and elegantly framed with looped gold passing.

Bronwyn's Bloom

This is the second in the series inspired by the floral design on the Anne Boleyn fragment.  It employs similar threads and techniques in orange, yellow, green and gold.  The instructions for this flower are available in .pdf format on the shop page. 


Elizabeth's Bloom

The third and final bloom in the Boleyn Series is a full flower with two small buds named for Anne's daughter.  Purple, white and green silk make a perfect combination to compliment the first two blooms. Threads used include two widths of plate, passing, gilt sylke twist, pearl purl and lizerine, highlighted with sparkling crystals.  The pattern will be available soon on the shop page.

Eglantine

Eglantine is the first flower in the series of three inspired by the 16th century botanical illustrations of the French artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. The sprig is worked on a ground of ivory satin in layers of fine coloured silk and metal threads in gold and silver, bringing the delicate blooms to life.

This project will be taught at Beating Around the Bush in Adelaide, October 2020.

Marigold

The third and final of the 16th century botanical series is the Marigold. The blooms sparkle in gold and red silk with gold metal highlights. Alternating layers of gold threads and gold and red silk add dimension to each petal.  The bud is padded and shaded with silk over plate and the leaves are worked in satin stitch, plate, crimped plate, lizerine and smooth purl. Marigold is a handsome companion for 

 Eglantine and Sweet Pea.

Sweet Pea aka Simply Irresistible

The delicate Sweet Pea flower is worked in purple silk and silver plate. The leaves are layers of gold threads and green silk and the stems and fine tendrils are various sizes of lizerene.

The seed pods are worked in satin stitch, padded satin and ircular couched passing, partially covered in rows of laid gilt silk twist. If you would like to stitch it, all instructions are available in Inspirations Magazine Issue#105 as Simply Irresistible. It is a beautiful companion to the Eglantine.

Fruit and Flower Roundel

Fruit and Flower Roundel features a garland of strawberry fruit and blossoms and larkspur flowers. 

Worked in a wide range of metal threads and coloured silks, this is a challenging project for advanced embroiderers.  

The Bacton Altar Cloth


The Bacton Altar Cloth represents a rare example of a 16th century embroidered item of clothing reputed to have once belonged to Elizabeth I. Through illustrated lecture, discussion and hands-on projects, this class will touch on several aspects of the Elizabethan culture including fashion, literature, science and art. We will virtually “unpick” the seams of St. Faith’s treasured altar cloth to explore its history and the connection to Blanche Perry, an important and lifelong member of Elizabeth I’s household. Amongst the over one hundred motifs embroidered on the cloth are flowers, fruits, animals, insects, birds, people and sea monsters. Brilliantly coloured silk threads highlighted with gold file bring the images vividly to life. Throughout the class, students will be learning the embroidery techniques used by the original embroiderers by producing stitches samples using supplies provided in class. Each student will also choose a larger project from a selection of three different floral motifs to be embroidered on ribbed silk.  

Tudor Embroiderers and their Work

This is a two day workshop which begins with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a discussion of how the embroidery guild was organized in the Tudor era including what they produced and for whom. The afternoon is spent learning about the designs and materials they used to create very intricate embroideries and trying out the techniques on a practice cloth. The following day is spent using the techniques and materials to complete a small project such as this exquisite little elephant.

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