Blackwork Embroidery Course
Last week, I was joined by Anja, Elena, Kristin, Mabel and Monika for a five-day blackwork embroidery course. It was great to see how people with different backgrounds got on so well with each other. It was a joy to have them around. Today, I'll give you an impression of how such a five-day course evolves and what my ladies achieved.
My five-day courses are a great opportunity to try out new things and to step out of your comfort zone. You don't have to, but you are most welcome to try! So my ladies started by dressing their slate frames. As Mabel had previously attended and completed the Royal School of Needlework Certificate Course with me, she came all prepared.
Soon they were all sitting at their trestles. Traditionally, a blackwork pattern is transferred onto even weave linen by the 'paper tear method'. Important pattern lines are drawn onto tissue paper, the paper is attached to the linen and then the lines are stitched using blue sewing thread. After the full pattern has been stitched on, the paper is torn away.
The way blackwork embroidery is taught at the RSN has little in common with its traditional form as seen on court clothing from the 16th century. Instead, it has been transformed into an art form whereby shading is of the utmost importance. This shading is achieved by choosing the appropriate geometric blackwork patterns, thickness of the embroidery thread used and the omission of stitches from the geometric blackwork pattern. In my opinion, the whole process is not unlike that for silk shading. However, if you would like to fill a pattern from a colouring book with a variety of geometric patterns using different thread thicknesses, that's ok too!
Above a slide show with the stitched results after five days of hard work. Not bad at all. And thanks to Monika, we did eat a lot of delicious cake as well!
Would you like to join me for a five-day embroidery course? Next up is canvaswork from the 5th till the 9th of September, followed by stumpwork from the 31st of October till the 4th of November. The 2017 program will be up on my website around August.
Ja, Mari-jan, een echte aanrader, al zeg ik het zelf :)!
Hoi Jessica, ik heb genoten van de 5 dagen borduren wat ben jij toch een geweldige docente. De cursus was geweldig ik kan het iedereen aanraden! De omgeving is prachtig om te wandelen. Hartelijk dank voor al je goede adviezen zodra ik kan kom ik weer.
Hoi Mabel, ik vond het ook erg gezellig! Ben je al weer een beetje bijgekomen van de slijtageslag? Jessica
Well done ladies, beautiful work with a lovely and most talented tutor!
Thanks for your lovely compliment, Marina!
Really great pieces of work! Well done to all the lovely ladies. I bet it was a lot of fun. I would love to try a workshop with you one day... will have to save all my pennies until then 😉
You would be most welcome, Martina!
Thank you Catherine! I hope you can make it some day.
Liebe Jessica, ich finde die Arbeiten deiner Schülerinnen wunderbar! Da habt ihr wieder einmal gezeigt, welche Kunstwerke mit viel Geduld und etwas Geschick in deinen Kursen entstehen. Auf bald.
Beautiful work by all the ladies :)
ziet er geweldig uit dames, leuk om al die verschillende ontwerpen te zien in dezelfde techniek.
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