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In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, bookings for our Spring term of classes are temporarily closed. We are currently working with tutors to reschedule courses and will provide updates on revised dates at the earliest opportunity.
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Who is this class suitable for?
What will be covered in the class?
This course is for beginners in botanical embroidery. By the end of the course participants will know a range of embroidery stitches, be comfortable with the tools used and have developed and created their own botanical design.
Each participant will finish the course with a range of samplers demonstrating their new skill and one finished piece of botanical silk shading, a more advanced and photo realistic style of embroidery.
First basic stitches; running stitch, back stitch
Stitches; chain stitch, stem stitch, split stitch
Stitches; French knot, bouillon knot
Stitches; Satin stitch, couching, basic rose
Silk shading and colour blending
Choose image to work from and learn techniques in planning design, colours, stitch direction and order of sections
Basic materials and tools are provided.
The arts studio which is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible and work benches are not currently height adjustable.
Ciara Callaghan is a fibre artist based in Milton Keynes. She uses needlework and natural dyeing to explore themes around female empowerment, dream imagery and fluxes of reality.
Ciara project manages a textiles social enterprise in Wolverton where she trains young people in dyeing, sewing and business as well as leading regular community arts events and workshops. Her embroidered works are currently on display in Milton Keynes Gallery and the New Earth art School in Peckham where she was a finalist in the Lurner Prize for self taught artists. She has worked privately for clients in Hong Kong, France and the UK and has produced hand made band merchandise for two album/video launches in London. Ciara's current work is an exploration of dream imagery on antique pillow cases, she has been invited to attend Edge of The Wild festival as Artist in Residence to further explore this theme.
Ciara has a degree in Arts Management from London Southbank University and has undertaken a short course in Silk Shading with the Royal School of Needlework.