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Group, Individual and Online 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]

Tudor Embroidery 1485 to 1603

Thank you to everyone who showed an interest in this class.  It is now full.



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. This illustrated presentation will touch on several aspects of 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 stitched in a variety of techniques at different times by assorted groups of embroiderers. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a discussion period and question and answer session.


Due to ongoing research this lecture is being revised.  

Please stay tuned for further details.


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.  The instructions are available in .pdf on the shop page

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 is now available 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 was to be taught at Beating Around the Bush in Adelaide, October 2021 which has now been cancelled.

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. Instructions are pending.

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.

Tudor Garland

Tudor Garland features a circlet 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 instructions are available in A Passion for Needlework III, Blakeston Creamery published by Inspirations Magazine.

In person learning

The following courses are given in person only and will resume when the current situation is resolved.

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.  


This is an in person course and will be revived when the current situation is resolved.

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.


This is an in person class and will resume when the current situation is resolved.

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