The Beautiful Stitch: Textile Treasures of the Embroiderers Guild

Date: Sat 01 Jul 2017 - Sat 28 Oct 2017 Time: 12 am

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.

Entry to the exhibition – By Donation.

Embroidery Workshops

Adventures in Goldwork with Hanny Newton

14 October, 10.30am – 4pm

Cost – £45 including materials

To book please call 01296 331441 or you can book online here

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.

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.

The Historical Development of Chain Stitch Embroidery to Tambour Beading
29 September, 7pm – 8pm 

Introduction to Tambour Beading and Embroidery Workshop

30 September, 10am – 4pm

Cost – £50 plus up to £5 for materials

To book please call 01296 331441 or you can book online here.

Course content:

This whole day course will give you an introduction to the essentials of the  technique of couture tambour beading and embroidery. 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.