This week, I am teaching or nue at the Alpine Experience in France. I am joined by Cathryn, Eleanor, Jane, and Tricia from the UK, as well as Bolivia from the US and Caroline from Chile. They will recreate the orphrey figure of Elisabeth of Thuringia. The original can be found on a red dalmatic kept at the Museum Catharijneconvent (ABM t2093c). It was made in Amsterdam around AD 1510-1520. All students will share the same pricking and will try to copy the original. In my mind, this setting comes very close to medieval practice. This week, I'll try to blog daily about our progress and our stay at the Alpine Experience. No worries; you will not receive a daily newsletter. I will not spam you :).
The students did really well today. By the end of the day, they all had their slate frames dressed and their design inked onto their linen fabric. They also coloured a line drawing of Elisabeth. This makes you look real close at the original and will help with the actual stitching.
The workshop has these fantastic big windows with a spectacular view of the mountains. Magnifier lamps and trestles are available for student use as well.
And Mark and Nadine make sure that we do not go hungry nor thirsty :). The food is amazing. These blueberry muffins with a crumbly topping were just divine.
And I brought boxes full of coloured metal threads, silks and embroidery kits. You do not want your students to go home with an empty space in their suitcases :).
See you tomorrow for more Alpine Stitchyness!
Exactly my thoughts, Rachel!
Gorgeous project! Gorgeous setting! Gorgeous food! Looks like an embroiderer’s paradise. 😍
Thank you very much, Victoria!
What a wonderful experience for you and your students! Hope you have a fantastic time.
Thank you, Natalie!
Wonderful project in a beautiful setting
The views never tire, Sarah!
Wow that all looks amazing. What a wonderful week you will all be having. I read your separate comment on today's blog email about only having a third of the top 15 taking up the goldwork course from the waiting list....it's something I'd love to do but every time I read through the lesson plan etc I am stopped by the zoom meeting times. 2.00am my time here in Australia! If you ever decide to offer it at a different time of day so that I am awake I'll be in! Your work is amazing and I loved your section on the Fiber Talk 500th show.
Thank you, Michelle! What would be a convenient time and day of the week for you?
I know 2 or 3 others besides myself who are also interested but have the same problem - living in the Southern hemisphere is always a pain for this kind of thing! Weekends are best for most people I guess, although I work sometimes on a Sat but could figure something out - it's the time that is tricky. You are 7-9 hours behind us depending on time of year and which part of Australia.
I am keeping that in mind, Michelle. Maybe I’ll do a run especially for the Southern Hemisphere at some point. However, it has been such a pain to fill the fourth run with the 40 people from the waiting list that I am a bit anxious to cough up the thousands of euros in materials upfront for a possible future fifth run.
I share Michelle’s comments.
Thank you, Joan!
Hello Jessica and all. I’m also jealous of the students that are attending your workshop! What a fabulous time for them all and such a wonderful fessing to be creating. Like Michelle and Joan I’m also in Australia and should there be a time that is more suited for the Southern Hemisphere ever be available I would sign up in a heartbeat.
That’s good to know, Michelle. I might try to do a run especially for the Southern Hemisphere then at some point.
I’m in Australia too, and have followed along with your interesting historical embroidery journey and would be interested in an online course in the future.
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