This is going to be an exciting year medieval-embroidery-wise. I have quite a few special things lined up for you all. Most importantly, the third run of my Medieval Goldwork Course is now fully booked. From the introductions, I gleaned that it is quite an international group with many interesting backgrounds that will really add to the study of medieval goldwork embroidery. As I am now quite confident that I have my supply lines secured, I've decided to work with a waiting list. My plan is to run the course for the fourth time in the autumn. You can express your interest by dropping me a line. I'll decide at the end of Mai if all stars line up correctly. If they do, I'll notify the first 15 people on my list. You'll have a couple of days to decide if you want to take the course. If you don't, I'll notify number 16 on the list, etc. But that's not all I have in store for you this year! Read on ...
During the holidays, I've cleaned out my webshop. Shipping has become very expensive due to reduced air traffic. This means that I have ditched most of the physical goods. But fear not! There's plenty left. And, I have even added some gorgeous Italian linen (Sotema). It is of the higher-count-kind. As the holes are really distinct, it is actually easier on the eyes than the more commonly used lower-count varieties from Zweigart.
Apart from teaching my online course, I will also be teaching a weekend-long medieval goldwork embroidery class at the Glentleiten open-air museum. This class will be taught in German and is specifically geared towards embroiderers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. You will make a small sampler with three common medieval goldwork elements. You will also learn to dress a traditional slate frame (included with the course fee). The course will probably take place on the 16th and 17th of July. Once all details have been cleared with the museum, the course will be visible under the 'learn tab' at the top of my website. As a weekend is far too short to finish the complete sampler, this is going to be a hybrid course with how-to videos you can watch at home after the actual event. As making these takes quite some time, I don't have a finished class sample to show quite yet.
In the coming weeks, I will review this lovely book, write a blog post on a long list of named embroiderers from 1425 (it includes some women!) and I will introduce you to another antique bedouin dress I bought last year. Plenty to look forward to!
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