The Beautiful Stitch: Textile Treasures of the Embroiderers Guild

July 1, 2017 - 12:00 am
Aylesbury, HP20 2QP
Price: £

The Embroiderers’ Guild, now settled into its new home at Bucks County Museum, owns a nationally important collection of costume and textiles from around the world.

Highlights from this unique and inspiring collection will form the basis of a major exhibition at the County Museum in Aylesbury through the summer of 2017.

Opening on 1 July to 28 October, the exhibition will focus on the diverse and ever-changing nature of embroidery across time and place, and will include some of the finest pieces from the Guild’s stunning collections of historical and contemporary embroidery: from Chinese shoes to American Indian gloves, from 18th century whitework to 21st century artwork, and from miniature stitches to the world’s longest embroidery!

Entry to the exhibition – By Donation.

Adventures in Goldwork

Date – 14 October – all day from 10.30am til 4pm

Cost – £45 including materials

Location – Bucks County Museum

Tickets – Book by telephone on 01296 331441 or from the museum reception desk.

Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery. Hanny will show you how, by learning the fundamentals of couching, you can open up a world of possibilities to experiment and explore, whatever your stitching ability. This workshop gives stitchers of all abilities the opportunity to explore the possibilities of couching, building up throughout the day a series of hand embroidered  samples and small pieces which can become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork.

Enrolment

The course takes place at the County Museum. Places are limited to 10 and cost £45 each including materials. Please telephone 01296 331441 to book a place.

Course information

This workshop gives stitchers of all abilities the opportunity to explore the possibilities of couching, building up throughout the day a series of hand embroidered  samples and small pieces which can become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork.

What do I need to bring?

All materials and equipment will be provided. However, if you wish to bring any threads or plain materials you wish to experiment with, you are most welcome. Basic sewing kit – especially embroidery scissors – would be beneficial. Reading glasses or a magnifier are recommended as this course involves some intricate work.

www.hannyembroidery.com

The Historical Development of Chain Stitch Embroidery to Tambour Beading –

Date – 29 September 7pm

Cost – £4

Location – Bucks County Museum

Tickets – admission £4 on the door

This talk by bead couturiers Lesley Coidan & Diana Vernon explores the luxury fashion technique of tambour beading – an embroidery technique used to  embellish  and enliven garments . Lesley and Diana together run Couture Beading & Embellishment Company, www.couturebeading.com. They specialise in a variety of couture embellishment techniques, but primarily tambour beading and embroidery for film, theatre and the couture. They each have over 45 years experience of designing, making and teaching, and are the authors of the book ‘The Art of Tambour Beading & Embroidery’ being published by The Guild of Master Craftsman later this year.

In 1770 Charles Germain de Saint Aubin, embroiderer to Louis XV the King of France, wrote about a new technique that used a hook instead of a needle to work embroidery. This technique was tambour. In fact the technique was much older, and is thought to have originated first from China or India. This same technique is still used today, and you will have seen many examples of it in theatre, film and couture work, and especially the Royal Wedding and Court dresses. It is the professional couture method for embroidering with beads and sequins.

This illustrated talk and demonstration will give you an introduction to the techniques of couture tambour embroidery with beads, pearls and sequins, and the historical development of the technique through to its contemporary use today.

Introduction to Tambour Beading and Embroidery

Date – 30 September  all day from 10.00am til 4pm

Cost – £50 plus up to £5 for materials

Location – Bucks County Museum

Tickets – Book by telephone on 01296 331441 or from the museum reception desk.

Course content:

This whole day course will give you an introduction to the essentials of the  technique of couture tambour beading and embroidery. Enrolment £50  – please telephone 01296 331441 to register. Workshop students do not have to bring anything but there will be a small charge of up to £5 for beads and sequins on the day. The Workshop tutors will lend frames and tambour hooks but students can purchase these if they wish to at the end of the class.

You will learn:

  • How to correctly mount fabric into an embroidery frame (slate frame) prior to   tambouring.
  • How to work the tambour stitch using thread, and how to work the stitch in all directions.
  • How to prepare beads ready for tambour.
  • How to tambour beads and sequins.