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Wedding Day

Rich and I had the most amazing day with all our friends and family, everything went to plan and exceeded our expectations. Our reception at the Bel and Dragon was brilliant  and would take a lot to beat. I know that many of you would like to see some pictures of our very special day and I am pleased to be able to share them with you all. I have now got the sugarcraft flowers that were made by my sis-in-law Carol framed. You can see our joint creativity below and of course some gorgeous pics of us and our new family.

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We are both now anticipating our honeymoon to Florence and Lake Garda at the end of June. Keep your eyes on this space for further pics of our honeymoon and of course images of Appliqué that I am working on for the RSN Appliqué technique book which is going to be published in Spring 2016. homework-assist.comazwritingservice.com -Paper writing service papersmonster.com Buy essays here custom term paper

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Springing into Spring as Kate Cross!

On the 7th of April I will be teaching ribbonwork and metalwork in an Easter inspired brooch, as per the image below at the Godalming and Meadrow WI. If you would like to come along an experience a craft evening WI style then please do get in contact;

http://godalmingmeadrow.wix.com/meadrow-wi#!visit/cj1y

WI April 2015 011Two weeks tomorrow Rich and I tie the knot and get married at Guildford Registry office.  For our reception we are off to a beautiful restaurant which is a stunning 17th century converted church, a short stroll from home. http://www.belandthedragon-godalming.co.uk/ At the moment I feel like I have spreadsheets coming out of my ears but am feeling very prepared and of course VERY EXCITED about starting the Spring in style as Mrs Cross! As of the 17th of April this year I will be known as Kate Cross by everyone so expect to see some changes to my website.

I have now completed anemone buttonholes for the mum’s so that they are able to wear these on the day and then keep them forever. My gorgeous niece Pheobe Farrer will be wearing a delicate anemone on a headband to match the mums. My sis-in -law Carol Cross is making our cake topper to match my beautiful bouquet of flowers. She makes the most stunning icing flowers that are far too good to eat and I can’t wait to post images of these…

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Image of Buttonhole Anemones above

I know you will all want to share in our wedding with us so I will be putting more wedding pics on my blog at the beginning of May as we are off to the New Forest for a Mini Moon after our wedding day. For our Honeymoon we are off to Florence and lake Garda at the end of June.

The RSN have asked me to write a book on the technique of Appliqué and I have been researching the history of the technique – looking at how the technique relates to quilts, banners and where it has developed from. Did you know that the earliest example of Appliqué is an item of clothing that was found in Tutankhamun’s grave? Currently, there is no true Appliqué book that details appliqué techniques in full so my aim to write a comprehensive technical guide and be able to share my embroidery skills further.

I have launched new hand embroidery classes in Winchester. The next class available is with Lizzy Lansberry on the 13th and 14th of June. Bookings must be made by the end of the first week of May.

Developing Jacobean Embroidery – Lizzie Lansberry – Saturday the 13 of June and Sunday the 14 June – 10am – 4pm. Class cost £120 plus class kit of £28.00
You will learn the key elements of Jacobean style embroidery and the use these to design your own piece.  The course will cover the key Jacobean stitches and how to incorporate them into your design. With guidance from your tutor Lizzy, you will plan where to place stitches within your chosen design, creating your own unique embroidery.

Jacobean Crewel Tree of LifeThe cost of each class is payable when booking along with the class kit cost. All class materials and refreshments are provided. Please note that lunch is not included in this price.

Bookings please email kate@bespokeembroidery.net or phone on: 07958 189349

I will be running a few more classes in Winchester over the Autumn term – dates and techniques are to be confirmed. If any of you students have any feedback or would like to pass requests for subjects taught etc. then please do send this directly to me.

I hope you all have a very special Easter weekend full of fun times with friends and family….

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Ribbonwork Brooch

I have just created this Easter inspired ribbonwork and metal wire brooch for a craft session I am teaching at the Godalming Women’s Institute on Tuesday the 7th of April at 7.30pm. Looking forwards to it ladies…!

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Mummy’s Day Gift Idea – Hand Embroidery Class

On the 21st of March class I am teaching a class in Godalming in beautiful hand embroidery. This would make an excellent mummy’s day present. I only need two more bookings for the class to run! If any of you are interested in developing a new skill or learning more hand embroidery techniques then class is for you! To book onto the class or for any questions you have please. Further details are on the link below.
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New! Embroidery Classes in Godalming

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Lots of exciting news!

I have a LOTS of news to tell you all….

I have launched new hand embroidery classes in Godalming and Winchester for the Spring and summer months – myself and Lizzy Lansberry will be delivering some enticing new classes that are already taking bookings. For all the class details click on the PDFs below or scroll down to view my last two posts on my blog.

New! Embroidery Classes in Godalming

New! Classes in Winchester

Some exciting news for those of you who don’t know, After moving home last year Richard and I decided over Christmas that 2015 was a good year to tie the knot and get married. As of the 17th of April this year I will be Kate Cross which is a rather handy surname given my career choice! I am having a lot of creative fund sorting out dresses, embroidery, flowers venues etc.

I am currently working on a stumpwork corsage which has wired leaves and and an appliqued anemone flower as per the image below.

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For those of you magpies, of which I would imagine is most of us creatives; the RSN sale is taking place next weekend.

RSN Grand Sale
Friday 6, Saturday 7  and now Sunday 8 March 2015
East Front, Hampton Court Palace 10am – 4pm
Admission: £3 which included entry to our Grand Raffle

http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/

The RSN have asked me to write a book on the technique of Appliqué, in months to come you will get a taste of the content of the book. Currently, there is no true Appliqué book that details appliqué techniques in full so my aim to write a comprehensive technical guide and be able to share my embroidery skills further.

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New! Hand Embroidery Classes in Winchester, Hampshire

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Why not put a spring in your step? Develop a new skill and meet
like minded creative people?

Whether you’re a beginner or have experience, we are sure you will enjoy a class to develop your embroidery skills or inspire you to try something new. Local textile artist and qualified teacher Kate Farrer trained at the Royal School of Needlework and is now running “hands on” classes in Hand Embroidery at St Lawrence Parish Room, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LH

Introduction to hand embroidery – With Kate Farrer – Saturday the 28th of March-10am-4pm.Class cost £75.00 plus class kit of £15.00
Whether you’re a complete beginner or just a bit ‘rusty’ this is a great place to start. Introduction to Embroidery will introduce you to a wide range of stitches.

Clarice Cliff

Introduction to Jacobean- With Lizzie Lansberry – Saturday the 4th of April – 10am –4pm
Class cost £75.00 plus class kit of £22.00
Ideal for beginners, Jacobean Crewelwork which was developed in the 17th Century uses a range of stitches and elements of shading using wool on linen. Design is influenced by exotic flora and fauna on imported Indian chintzes. The design will include some of most commonly used stitches; trellis, stem stitch, chain stitch, seeding, split stitch, satin stitch, long & short, Pekinese stitch.

Jacobean small bird

Developing Jacobean Embroidery – Lizzie Lansberry – Saturday the 13 of June and Sunday the 14 June – 10am – 4pm. Class cost £120 plus class kit of £28.00
You will learn the key elements of Jacobean style embroidery and the use these to design your own piece.  The course will cover the key Jacobean stitches and how to incorporate them into your design.With guidance from your tutor Lizzy, you will plan where to place stitches within your chosen design, creating your own unique embroidery.

Jacobean Crewel Tree of Life

The cost of each class is payable when booking along with the class kit cost. All class materials and refreshments are provided. Please note that lunch is not included in this price.

Bookings please email kate@bespokeembroidery.net or phone on: 07958 189349

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New! Hand Embroidery Classes in Godalming, Surrey

Please click on the link below for the PDF version;

New! Embroidery Classes in Godalming

 

Why not start a New Year with a new skill and meet like minded creative people?

Whether you’re a beginner or have experience, we are sure you will enjoy a class to develop your embroidery skills or inspire you to try something new. Local textile artist and qualified teacher Kate Farrer trained at the Royal School of Needlework and is now running “hands on” classes in Hand Embroidery at The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, within the Octagon building.

Introduction to hand embroidery – Saturday the 21st of March – 10am-4pm
Whether you’re a complete beginner or just a bit ‘rusty’ this is a great place to start. Introduction to Embroidery will introduce you to a wide range of stitches. You will be creating a Clarice Cliff Spring inspired design on silk dupion and learning how to form stitches within the design. Stitches within the design include; satin stitch, buttonhole, back stitch, chain stitch, seeding, heavy chain, and stem stitch.

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Clarice Cliff

Introduction to Silkshading – Saturday the 2nd of May – 10am – 4pm
Referred to as painting with a needle, silk shading is achieved using long and short stitches and colour blending to create a photographic quality embroidery.
This one-day introduction course will set you up with the basic skills needed to develop this beautiful technique. Taught in a small informal group, you will learn how to create split stitch and long and short silk shading using stranded cottons to create a pretty carnation. You will also learn the theory behind what order to work the petals in, what order to work the split stitch in and where it should be used for each petal as you build up the design.

Intro to Silkshading

The cost of each class is £75.00 payable when booking. Kate will provide a set design for you to work on along with all the materials and equipment you need. Materials and refreshments are provided within this cost. Please note, lunch is not included within this cost.

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

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Finally Moved

We are now settled in our new home right on top of a hill and have a stunning views over the South Downs…

View from House websizejpg In the move and when I unpacked I opened a few boxes and in one of them contained a cross stitch book with a piece of cross stitch and rusty needle that I had planned out on graph paper within the book. It was lovely to stumble on something that I had started at the age of around 11. Cross stitch was the humble beginnings of my career in embroidery.

ButterfliesMy regular ladies who come for private tuition (Jane, Mavis, Caroline and Jean) have now completed their silk and stmpwork butterflies and are now working on the seashells goldwork kit and have created some beautiful pieces of work for themselves. The image below is of silkshaded butterflies together which has been a wonderful project and should cheer you all up in this horrid weather today.

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2014-03-08 PATCHWORK NEEDLECASE DAY (22)Recently, I have been spending a lot of time up in London and a few weeks ago we went to see the Wedding dress exhibition on at the V and A. There were some beautiful examples of lace and hand embroidery and the gallery’s at the V and A provided lots of inspiration for designing future projects. Next year my private students are going to be combing all their skills into individual pieces of work that showcase embroidery techniques such as Appliqué, Silkshading, Stumpwork and Goldwork. I hope to be able to post a few images of their work.

I am now preparing to teach Appliqué at the RSN on the 29th and 30th of November. The class includes appliqué, silver threads and some surface stitching such as silkshading and satin stitch. Currently, there is availability on the class so if you would like to join us then click on the link to view the project and also make a booking;

http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/courses/details/5867

Hope to catch up again soon…

 

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On the Move

Our weekend in Wales was a success – everyone seemed to have an enjoyable weekend and we got through all the goldwork techniques including a brand new technique of platework where you fold the gold wire back and forth on itself in order to fill an area.

wales Goldwork 2014 092.jpg web sizeI know this is a long way off but I am really chuffed to have been asked by the Embroiders’ Guild to teach Goldwork and Silkshading at West Dean College next year! Take a look at my “Cosmos” kit that I will be teaching…

Cosmos.jpg websizeIt maybe sometime now until my next post as Rich and I are on the move – nearly everything is packed up. Bye, bye for now and ill be back in contact once we are settled in our new home….

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Home Made

Sooo.. its been a busy few weeks what with the RSN Certificate and Diploma show along with lots of work that I have been putting into kits both for my lovely Cardiff group and all the classes that I will be teaching at the RSN over the summer months.

Here is an image of my best mate’s little baby Jack on Auntie Kate’s hand made quilt, which he seems to be enjoying!

jack 1I wanted to show you a more of my progression with the goldwork kit since all the padding was completed. I have loved creating it- completing the design has got me thinking of summertime beaches and holidays…

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Padding with Japanese thread and working pearl-purl.

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Complete bling! Kits available to order. Please contact me on email if you would like to do some summer inspired goldwork.

Photo’s next time of the completed Goldwork piece and all my fabulous Cardiff ladiez doing lots of learing. Who knows maybe even a photo opportunity for me in teaching action…

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