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Changing Seasons

The leaves are beginning to fall and summer seems to be over. This is a piece by Jane Harris who is one of my private students. This should get you in the mood for the beginning of cooler climates…

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Jane’s stunning work features metal thread work, surface stitch, silkshading, stumpwork and leatherwork.

Over the summer Becky Hogg and I taught the Summer Intensive Certificate Goldwork Course at the Royal School of Needlework. We had many international students for two weeks of Goldwork. The two weeks were a lot of fun and the last week ended with beautiful completed work.

IMG_4865For further information about the Certificate and Diploma Course that I teach for the Royal School of Needlework on Thursdays during term time please click on the link. http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/content/41/certificate_diploma

Classes are beginning to book up in Goldalming. To book onto the two classes below please email me on kate@bespokeembroidery.net or phone me on; 07958 189349

Introduction to Jacobean Embroidery – Saturday 22nd of October -£75

Silverwork Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of November and Sunday the 13th of November  – £135

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Introduction to Jacobean Embroidery – Saturday 22nd of October -£75

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Detail of stitching in progress on the Jacobean leaf

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Silverwork Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of November and Sunday the 13th of November – £135

Since the publication of my book I have had received good reviews on Amazon and a glowing review from Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread for my book “RSN Appliqué Techniques,Projects and Pure Inspiration”. It means a lot to me that she has rated it so very highly and that all the hard work has been recognised. Since Mary’s recent blog post the book has moved up to 230 on USA Amazon which according to my editor at Search Press is quite something! I now have my pen poised ready to write another book proposal. 😉

I am teaching two classes at Hampton Court in the Art of Appliqué on the 18th of October and the 15th of November as part of their tour and taster session. The image of the piece I am teaching is of a dog walker in the rain.

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To book onto the RSN Applique taster session please click on the links below. The first link is for the October session and the second for November.

http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/courses/details/11067

http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/courses/details/11068

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Paper piecing patchwork (front view)

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Paper piecing patchwork (rear view)

Rich’s and my rather big personal news is that we are expecting a little one. Our due date is Christmas Day this year. I have been working on a paper pieced quilt for a boy and will also be making a crazy quilt in Liberty fabrics as we don’t know what flavor baby will arrive and are both very excited about the prospect of being parents. I will be taking the whole year Maternity from the 9th of December so won’t be back until the end of Jan 2018. I intend to stay in touch with you all and will be continuing to stitch during maternity…

Catch up with you all soon…

Kate Cross

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Summer Exhibition and Summer Fun!

The Royal School of Needlework is currently holding its Summer Exhibition at Hampton Court this week (5th to the 10th off July from 10.30am – 4.30pm). Students work on exhibit is from three courses; Future Tutor Program, Diploma Course and the Certificate course. Many of my student’s pieces that are on exhibition are jaw dropping both in artistic merit and technical skill. One of my student’s Sarah Lane who graduated from the Certificate course also gained a prize in the Technique of Silkshading.

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Sarah Lane’s Certificate Silkshading

I administer the RSN Future Tutor’s Course and this year we had four graduate students; Kate Barlow, Helen Jone’s, Annalee Levin and Angela Bishop. I would like to wish them all the best in their embroidery careers. I do hope that the invisible elastic pulls you back to the RSN many a time!  For further details of the exhibition please click on the link; RSN Summer Exhibition

On the 12th of June I attended the Patron’s lunch on the Mal in town with RSN colleagues to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Despite the torrential rain and wet weather gear are spirits were not dampened and we had the most amazing day. It was lovely to be with friends and colleges along with other charities who hold the Queen’s Patronage. We were all indulged with a very tasty hamper that was impeccably packaged and were entertained with a carnival style procession. All of us got a glimpse of the Royal family and some of us even shook their hands.

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Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty!

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The Royals supporting Grandma on her birthday celebrations.

Despite my best efforts to organise a book launch for The Applique Book I haven’t been able to unfortunately, these things seemed to be attached with a cost. I now have the first copy of the book in my hand and the RSN also have the book in stock, the first 100 copies are signed by myself. To purchase one of these please click on the link; RSN Shop – Kate’s Applique Book

I completed my niece’s skirt for her birthday in hand smocking and finished it with some very dear yellow buttons and binding. It’s a little too big for Phoebe at the moment so auntie Kate will be hanging onto it for a couple of years!

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Hand Smocked girl’s dress

This month I am teaching the Silver Fern project in Cowbridge which is just outside Cardiff. Techniques include; couching, cutwork, chipping, spangles, kid leather and platework. This kit will also be taught at the Godalming, Surrey class on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of November. The cost of the class is £135 and this includes tuition from 10-4 both days and refreshments. To book onto the class please ring me on 07958189349 or email; kate@bespokeembridery.net

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Silver Fern Embroidery

Next week Rich and I are off to stay at a vineyard equidistant between Verona and Lake Garda in Italy. We are both really excited as we love Italy and have really fond memories of our honeymoon last year. Enjoy your summer too and I’ll be back in touch towards the end of the summer break…

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Competed Commissions

The holey tablecloths were repaired with surface couching and darning techniques and are now usable again! Both Sheila and Dot were very happy with the outcome and here are some before and after photos of both tablecloths below.

Sheila’s Table Cloth – Images of before and after

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Moth eaten corner of the cloth prior to repairs

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Completed repairs

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Detail photo of darning and weaving through holes.

Dot’s Table Cloth – Images of before and after below

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One of the many holes – Image prior to surface couching repair

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Surface couching repair

Last week I was handed a first copy of my Appliqué book and I am very pleased with the end result. Its looking likely that the date of publication my come forwards towards the beginning/ middle of July rather than the end. To pre- order your book click on the link; Kate Cross’ Applique Book

If you missed the TV series by Dan Jones which featured the RSN. I have found the article “ English Embroidery; the forgotten wonder of the medieval world” in the Spectator. Its a fabulous insight into the Art of Hand Embroidery when embroidery was most desirable in the Middle ages and was known across the world as Opus Anglicanum or ‘The work of the English’. Its beauty was so desirable that it was considered to be the best in the world and was traded globally.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/09/english-embroidery-the-forgotten-wonder-of-hte-medieval-world/

Godalming Classes planned for 2016 to satisfy embroidery appetites(cake and kit included) are running on the following weekends ;

Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday 28th of May -£75

Introduction to Goldwork and Silkshading Embroidery – Saturday 11th of June – £85

Introduction to Jacobean Embroidery – Saturday 22nd of October -£75

Silverwork Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of November and Sunday the 13th of November  – £135

For images of class kits in Godalming please click on this link;Godalming Class Kit Details

I offer private tuition on a one-to-one basis on all embroidery techniques at a cost of £35 per hour so please do phone/email me and let me know if there is an additional technique that you would like to learn.

Do come and visit the Certificate and Diploma and Future Tutor’s Exhibition at Hampton Court where all the students and tutors efforts can be admired. The show is open to the public from the 5th of July to the 10th of July – the students work is technically amazing.

For those of you who would like to complete an extended class at Hampton Court I am teaching two three day classes over the summer; silkshading with stumpwork and Goldwork. To view the class kits and book onto the classe/s please click on the individual links below;

Silkshading and Stumpwork Butterfly

Goldwork Seashells

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Book in the Bag!

Great News! After a great start to the year and classes in Godalming running successfully I will be teaching two further classes this year and hope to be able to welcome new and continuing students.

Classes planned to satisfy embroidery appetites(cake and kit included) are as follows;

Introduction to Jacobean Embroidery – Saturday 22nd of October -£75

Silverwork Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of November and Sunday the 13th of November  – £135

To book onto the listed classes please email me on kate@bespokeembroidery.net or phone me on; 07958 189349

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Introduction to Jacobean Embroidery – Saturday 22nd of October -£75

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Silverwork Fern Embroidery

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Detail of Silverwork Embroidery on a cushion – Saturday the 12th of November and Sunday the 13th of November – £135

“One of the most creative and relaxing days I’ve had learning a new and beautiful art. Kate Cross was patient and relaxed in her teaching style and made me feel very welcome. The group was fun and dynamic and the learning environment perfect. And the free cake was pretty darn good too!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed your embroidery class and have continued at home – we must have been taught well in order that I can remember how to do it!   You gave us lots of time with you and with a small class.”

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Monogramming Embroidery taught on the 12th of March

To book onto the listed classes please email me on kate@bespokeembroidery.net or phone me on; 07958 189349

 

 

I offer private tuition on a one-to-one basis on all embroidery techniques at a cost of £35 per hour so please do phone/email me and let me know if there is an additional technique that you would like to learn. Anne Mc Donald came to a silkshading class and has used these skills to progress onto the Certificate class at the RSN. Anne will be having further private tuition with me later this year in the Art of Applique. Anne’s reflection on her embroidery is as below;

I’ve not stitched  since I was a child, many, many years ago when I my Grandmother showed me how to do lazy-daisy stitch. I have always loved the concept of silk shading, and this was really the reason why I decided to undertake the RSN certificate course. 

I initially thought about stitching a garlic bulb, but couldn’t get the colours right. Then a magic moment happened, when I attended a  two day course at Hampton course, run by Kate, on design for silk shading. Kate was inspiring, sharing her knowledge  with the group on so many things including how to choose background colours and threads and planning order of work, and most importantly how to work long and short stitch. One of my biggest problem had been how to ‘create’ the ‘Cadbury’s chocolate’ colour of the petals, and despite both DMC and Anchor producing many purple threads, none matched. Kate however had the answer…using a mixture of purple and navy… something I would never have thought of.
So here is my finished crocus. I’m amazed at what I’ve achieved… But non of this would probably happened without Kate Cross’ most generous advice and support. 
Thank you Kate!” Anne Mc Donald

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Part worked Silkshading by Anne Mc Donald

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Completed Silkshading with design source by Anne Mc Donald

After a couple of years of hard work on one major project on the go the Applique book has finally gone to print! There has been a bit of a delay in the publish date for the appliqué book and its now looking that it will be on the book shelves towards the middle of July so I will be looking to invite you to raise a well earned glass at a book launch in August (date to and venue to be finalised).

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Kate Cross

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Embroidered Tea and Cake

Godalming Classes are booking up FAST so why not start a New Year with a new skill and meet like minded creative people?
Classes are held at Studio 22, Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1LP

The Introduction to Embroidery Class on Saturday the 16th of January went really well. All students learned a lot of new skills in a relaxed setting and many have booked on the forthcoming classes. The lemon drizzle and poppy seed cake seemed to go down a storm as well! Images below of happy students working on their embroideries in a cosy warm studio.

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2016-01-16 14.23.35The next class links to the Introduction to Embroidery tea cup  class and I have a few spaces available on the 6th of February. Details as below.

Developing Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday the 6th of February- 10am – 4pm -Cost of £75
Developing Introduction to Embroidery class takes your stitch knowledge further and allows you to explore the vast array of stitches and wide variety of techniques on offer. You will learn stitches such as satin, padded satin, herringbone,chain, French Knots, seeding and many more. Working to a set design inspired by Clarice Cliff in a Spring Crocus theme, I will provide all the materials and equipment you need.

P1050973Monogramming your own choice of letter with Whitework Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of March – 10am – 4pm – Cost of £75
Traditionally worked with white thread on white fabric and used for bridal and christening wear and ecclesiastical embroidery.
You will learn the Fine Art of working a monogram in your own choice of initial and use a combination of Whitework hand embroidery techniques such as Pulled Thread Work, Trailing, Satin Stitch, Padded Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, to create a beautiful monogrammed linen.

2015-11-27 09.24.14Classes run in small groups of between 4 – 12 students and all materials are included in the price.
To book onto a class/es please email me at; kate@bespokeembroidery.net or phone me on 07958 189349

Last weekend I taught four lovely ladies smocked cupcake at the RSN. There were lots of techniques that we explored; English smocking, North American Smocking, Suffolk puffs and applique techniques. Some mouthwatering images of the weekends creations to blow the January diets are below.

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Image of students work showing all the differing types of smocking created. I hope to receive images of completed cakes over the next few months!

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Completed Cupcakes

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Smocked Cupcakes with a Kate created Gingerbread house box in background.

For those of you that use Facebook please do keep an eye on my new page that’s specifically for Embroidery. I am trialing an ‘open page’ so you are all more than welcome to upload images and comment. You can access both twitter and Facebook accounts by clicking on the logos at the top of my website page. Both links will take you straight through to my pages.
Kate Cross

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Happy New Stitching Year!

Godalming Classes are booking up FAST so why not start a New Year with a new skill and meet like minded creative people?
Classes are held at Studio 22, Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1LP
Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday the 16th of January – 10am – 4pm -Cost of £75
Whether you’re a complete beginner or just a bit ‘rusty’ this Introduction to Embroidery class allows you to explore the vast array of stitches and wide variety of techniques on offer. Working to a set design inspired by Clarice Cliff, I will provide all the materials and equipment you need.

Clarice CliffDeveloping Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday the 6th of February- 10am – 4pm -Cost of £75
Developing Introduction to Embroidery class takes your stitch knowledge further and allows you to explore the vast array of stitches and wide variety of techniques on offer. You will learn stitches such as satin, padded satin, herringbone,chain, French Knots, seeding and many more. Working to a set design inspired by Clarice Cliff in a Spring Crocus theme, I will provide all the materials and equipment you need.

P1050973Monogramming your own choice of letter with Whitework Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of March – 10am – 4pm – Cost of £75
Traditionally worked with white thread on white fabric and used for bridal and christening wear and ecclesiastical embroidery.
You will learn the Fine Art of working a monogram in your own choice of initial and use a combination of Whitework hand embroidery techniques such as Pulled Thread Work, Trailing, Satin Stitch, Padded Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, to create a beautiful monogrammed linen.

2015-11-27 09.24.14Classes will be run in small groups of between 4 – 12 students and all materials are included in the price.
To book onto a class/es please email me at; kate@bespokeembroidery.net or phone me on 07958 189349

This week I am completing the final edit for my book which I find quite scary and then I will start working repairs on two table cloths that were given to me to mend at the end of December. I read a very interesting article about the art of mending and repairing and thought you might like to see some of the methods I use when making a repair. I hope to be able to share a before and after photo with you all in the next few months of these non- moth eaten table cloths! 😉
Invisible Mending

For those of you that use Facebook please do keep an eye on my new page that’s specifically for Embroidery. I am trialing an ‘open page’ so you are all more than welcome to upload images and comment.

Wishing you all the very best for a successful 2016.
Kate Cross

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Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Rich and I had a fantastic time on our Scandi Adventure. Copenhagen and Stockholm have got us in the mood for Christmas and we are now hoping for a white Christmas and to be snowed in on at the top of this hill to be able to make the most of this long festive period at home in Godalming.

We especially enjoyed Copenhagen and thank you to student Elisabet for all the tips that you sent us.  Rosenborg Slot, the Dutch Renaissance Royal castle was a real treat.  The castle housed some beautiful jewels and some stunning embroideries. One of the treasures that I fell in love with was the Royal Saddle dating from 1596 that was encrusted in Applique Goldwork with pearls and precious jewels. All of which were hand embroidered in the most sumptuous goldwork techniques.

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Rosenborg Slot

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Hand Embroidery Classes

We all have so many material items these days so if you are struggling to find a Christmas present for a friend why don’t you consider giving them a gift experience in the Art of Hand Embroidery. This offer is only available in December offer to book for a fee of £125 for two people. Please just quote “stocking” when you register and pay.

I am pleased to announce that I can now release dates for hand embroidery classes in 2016 in Godalming, Surrey at Studio 22;

Studio 22, Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1LP

Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday the 16th of January – 10am – 4pm -Cost of £75

Whether you’re a complete beginner or just a bit ‘rusty’ this Introduction to Embroidery class allows you to explore the vast array of stitches and wide variety of techniques on offer. Working to a set design inspired by Clarice Cliff, I will provide all the materials and equipment you need.

Clarice CliffDeveloping Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday the 6th of February– 10am – 4pm -Cost of £75

Developing Introduction to Embroidery class takes your stitch knowledge further and allows you to explore the vast array of stitches and wide variety of techniques on offer. You will learn stitches such as satin, padded satin, herringbone,chain, French Knots, seeding and many more. Working to a set design inspired by Clarice Cliff in a Spring Crocus theme, I will provide all the materials and equipment you need.

P1050973Monogramming your own choice of letter with Whitework Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of March – 10am – 4pm – Cost of £75

Traditionally worked with white thread on white fabric and used for bridal and christening wear and ecclesiastical embroidery.

You will learn the Fine Art of working a monogram in your own choice of initial and use a combination of Whitework hand embroidery techniques such as Pulled Thread Work, Trailing, Satin Stitch, Padded Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, to create a beautiful monogrammed linen.

2015-11-27 09.24.14Classes will be run in small groups of between 4 – 12 students and all materials are included in the price.

To book onto a class/es please email me at; kate@bespokeembroidery.net on my contacts page; Contact Kate or phone me on 07958 189349

Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and a cracking New Year.

Kate Cross x

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Learn a Fine Art

I am pleased to announce that I can now release dates for hand embroidery classes in 2016 in Godalming, Surrey at Studio 22;

Studio 22, Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1LP

Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday the 16th of January – 10am – 4pm -Cost of £75

Whether you’re a complete beginner or just a bit ‘rusty’ this Introduction to Embroidery class allows you to explore the vast array of stitches and wide variety of techniques on offer. Working to a set design inspired by Clarice Cliff, I will provide all the materials and equipment you need.

Clarice CliffDeveloping Introduction to Embroidery – Saturday the 6th of February– 10am – 4pm -Cost of £75

Developing Introduction to Embroidery class takes your stitch knowledge further and allows you to explore the vast array of stitches and wide variety of techniques on offer. You will learn stitches such as satin, padded satin, herringbone,chain, French Knots, seeding and many more. Working to a set design inspired by Clarice Cliff in a Spring Crocus theme, I will provide all the materials and equipment you need.

P1050973Monogramming your own choice of letter with Whitework Embroidery – Saturday the 12th of March – 10am – 4pm – Cost of £75

Traditionally worked with white thread on white fabric and used for bridal and christening wear and ecclesiastical embroidery.

You will learn the Fine Art of working a monogram in your own choice of initial and use a combination of Whitework hand embroidery techniques such as Pulled Thread Work, Trailing, Satin Stitch, Padded Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, to create a beautiful monogrammed linen.

2015-11-27 09.24.14Classes will be run in small groups of between 4 – 12 students and all materials are included in the price.

To book onto a class/es please email me at; kate@bespokeembroidery.net on my contacts page; Contact Kate or phone me on 07958189349

P1050794The Appliqué books is still going back and forwards to the Publisher with smaller and smaller changes every time so its all really beginning to come together. Its been very hard not to just keep adding to the proofs as its now at its maximum number of pages. After working through the last proof I feel its obvious the hundreds of hours of work I have put in and I am certain the book will go down a storm as it formalises all my knowledge. The book is available on pre-order at;

http://www.egbookshop.com/book/9781782211884/royal-school-of-needlework-appliqu-

After relishing teaching a Canvaswork module with the First Year RSN Degree students I am now looking at developing a class in hand embroidery that’s specifically targeted to developing skills at A/AS Art textile level to open their eyes to embroidery. I am currently in conversation with local colleges with the aim of getting younger students involved so that they build their hand embroidery skills and are aware of the vast range of possibilities available in a textiles career.

The First Year Future Tutors and myself when unto the Clothworkers’ last week and were honored to be shown their archives and silver vault. The Clothworkers’ and the RSN have a long standing relationship and the First Years have been asked to design a kneeler for the Clothworkers’ Church St Olafs. We will know the competition winner just prior to the Christmas holiday.

Rich and I are off on our own holiday to Stockholm and Copenhagen so I’ll be back on the blog with images from cooler climates in December.

Best,

Kate Cross

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Lots to talk about…

I have just completed the final and fifth day of photography at Search Press Publishers for the RSN Appliqué book. The publishers commented on how fresh and contemporary all my work is. It was a lot of fun styling the shoots with the design team, editor and photographer. Now all the text (all 57 A4 pages) has been submitted I am excitedly waiting for my editor to pull it all together which is a mammoth task, then for the proof reader to come back to me. Students have been very happy for me to share their beautiful work in my book so thank you if you are one of them. Along with working with the Royal School of Needlework I have also been working in conjunction with the Embroiderer’s Guild and many museums and establishments such as the Royal Opera House and the D- Day Museum which house some fantastic examples of Appliqué commissions completed by the RSN Studio.

Applique Book Pre-Purchase

My book will be available on the 14th of April and if you would like to purchase a copy its already available on pre-purchase through the Embroiderer’s Guild at the link below.
Pre – Purchase of my Applique Book
There will be a book launch in Spring next year – hopefully, one near to home and one up in the big smoke. Details to follow in the next few months.

I taught a Stumpwork and Silkshaing class at the RSN and one of my students Carolyn Gibbs took this work to a new level and created an Appliqué Garden for the butterfly.

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RSN Certificate at Hampton Court

Over the “summer” Becky Hogg http://beckyhogg.com and I taught the Goldwork Intensive at the Royal School of Needlework. We had a superb two weeks and were both happily exhausted as were the students after the intensive session. The students achievement’s over the summer has been phenomenal given the time pressures they had to work with. Some gorgeous images below of the happy gaggle and their achievements below…

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Photos by Karen Barbé
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For further information and booking onto the RSN Certificate for 2016 please click on the following Hampton Court Certificate Information

The Education office at the RSN has now moved into smashing new apartments over the summer to accommodate the high volume of student interest in much larger rooms. We have a much larger office with even better views over the Long Water at Hampton Court.

Godalming Classes
New and exciting links have been made with an Upholster in Godalming called Sarah Dix who runs studio 22. Studio 22 is an established creative workspace in the heart of Godalming offering traditional upholstery courses and unique craft workshops. Sarah Louise Dix, designer, maker and traditional upholsterer set up Studio 22 in October 2014. Sarah and I will be working together to run classes teaching traditional skills. Dates for all 2016 embroidery classes will be published in October.

On the 5th and 6th of December the studio will be open in conjunction with notongodalminghighstreet.com which is a new creative group set up to enable local people to join together to sell their uniquely crafted products or services in an alternative way, away from the high street while complementing what is currently on offer in Godalming town. Studio 22 is the venue and notongodalminghighstreet.com the website (to be published soon).

Please do come and visit us for pre-Christmas purchases and to see demonstrations of various crafts including upholstery and hand Embroidery. Please note that I am teaching in Rugby on the 5th of December so all Embroidery Demonstrations will take place on Sunday the 6th of December. We would love to see you all there!

Studio 22, Woodside Park. Catteshall Lane. Godalming. GU7 1LG

http://www.sarahlouisedix.co.uk/studio-22/

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What a busy month!

Its been a busy old month with lots going on this end so lots to tell you about this month prior to jetting off to Florence for our honeymoon in just over a weeks time… 🙂

I have been recently working on the Applique book which is due out at the beginning of next Spring. The pieces that I have been working on aim to be a step-by-step digestible practical guide and to show you how to work techniques correctly. Currently there is very little on the market so it will be good to have a thorough guide. I have also been exploring museums and collections with a view to learn more myself and make the most of the opportunity to be a student! Chertsey Museum, The Sunbury Gallery, The Embroiderer’s Guild and of course the Royal School of Needlework have been very supportive of all my research into the book.

The first piece of appliqué will details most of the appliqué techniques and as the projects are worked they build on technique and skill. Here’s a little look at my second project which is a section of a poppy. All further projects will be very contemporary and fun.

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As a wedding present I had a marvelously skilled appliqué card from my regular students that they all worked on together (and managed to keep a secret). Thanks Mavis, Jane, Caroline and Jean!

post wedding pics 006Last weekend I was privileged to be able teach silkshading and Goldwork at West Dean College in conjunction with the Embroiderer’s Guild. Everyone had a fab time and learn lots and I think I will see some familiar faces at Ardingly next weekend where I am teaching a one hour class in pulled thread embroidery.

P1050536Pic above of some of my students and me in action at the EG Summer School at West Dean College.

I have also been supporting the Future Tutors at the RSN in a project in collaboration with St. Augustine’s school. The project celebrates 100 years of faith and involves all students at the school working to complete a series of kneelers all of which have been designed by the children. The enthusiasm has been immense! I am hoping to soon be able to put a picture below of Mrs not so Cross Cross in her element teaching…

Looking forward to seeing some of you members of the Embroiderer’s Guild on June the 27th at Ardingly. The pulled whitework taster class costs £5 including materials kicks off at 11.45 and to book please click on the following link; http://www.southeastembroiderers.co.uk/programme.html

P1050559For those of you who enjoy goldwork and would like to continue to progress further over the summer I am offering Seashell Goldwork kits as per the image below at a cost of £40. Please email me or comment if you would like one sent to you.

P1040600.jpg websizeFor those of you that wish to develop your skills further in silkshading I will be taking a class at the RSN from the 27th of July to the 29th of July. The class will enable you to design and stitch under my expert guidance. For bookings please click onto the link below that will take you to the RSN site.

http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/courses/details/6642

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