Botanical Embroidery

A ten week course



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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?
Ages 16+

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. 

  • Intro
  • Basic History
  • Materials introduction
  • 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
  • Final piece

What’s included?
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.

In response to Government advice regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) and in consideration of the welfare of our community, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has made the sad decision to close as of Tuesday 17 March 2020. Find out more here ︎

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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