Upcoming Workshop and Lecture
Are you interested in medieval goldwork embroidery? If yes, you might be interested in two upcoming events I am co-hosting. On the 16th of May, I will be giving a one-hour workshop through Zoom for the Diözesan Museum of Bamberg as part of the Internationaler Museumstag. And on the 1st of December, I will be giving a lecture as part of the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design's lecture series.
The Diözesanmuseum of Bamberg has asked me to create a beginner's goldwork workshop inspired by their Kaisergewänder. I've taken a small star from the blue Kunigunde Mantle (stitched around AD 1014). The little star is part of the central design in which the antiphons and responses of the Christmas liturgy are depicted. The text around the bust with the star reads: "orietur stella ex iacob" (a star out of Jacob). The little star will be stitched with gilt passing thread and silk onto a heavy silk twill backed with calico. The original star is about 3.3 cm high. The workshop version is about double that.
Attending the workshop is free and held in German. However, since the material pack needs to be mailed to you, only residents of Germany can attend. Sorry! That said, I am pondering the idea of turning this into a kit using the real goldthread with the silken core (that's what I actually used in the picture above). Just let me know if you would be interested by leaving a comment below!
I would be interested in a kit.
I thought you would, Melody! You and I must be related to magpies :).
I'd be interested in a kit. I may already have that silk twill, though -- I bought some after you discussed available silks in your blog. Thank you for all the information you give us!
Thank you Sarah! It will come with the twill as I have to paint the design on :).
Helaas Truus, je kunt niet meedoen met de workshop die ik voor het museum in Bamberg geef. Ze sturen de materialen niet op naar het buitenland. Maar ik denk dat de kit er wel gaat komen :).
Helen Sewell Johnson
I am interested in the May workshop
Sorry Helen, but the workshop is not available to people outside of Germany. However, I think that there is enough interest in the kit :).
I would be very interested. Thanks for offering this possibility.
You are very welcome, Ann!
Another magpie wants a kit! Especially if we can sample some of that yummy gold/silk core thread!
I am sensing a whole colony of magpies :).
Claire de Pourtalès
Dear Jessica, I've just booked for the December (so far away!) lecture! Thank you for this great opportunity!
Thank you Claire! Unfortunately, people outside of Germany cannot take part in the workshop as the museum will not send the materials to foreign countries. Sorry!
Me too, Rachel! The new director has a background in professional weaving. She is well aware of the necessity of offering hands-on knowledge as well as academic knowledge.
Könnte man auch als blutiger Anfänger teilnehmen? Ich bin von Goldstickerei total fasziniert, habe aber bisher nur ein Anfängerkit mit ein paar Grundstichen und normalen DMC Baumwollgarn gestickt. Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob ich da nicht vielleicht fehl am Platze wär.
I would like a kit to please.
If the Google Translate app with camera functionality is available, it works well with translating European languages into English, and even pretty well with Japanese. It’s probably too unwieldy for translating a whole book, but I use it to at least read captions. Just point the phone’s camera at the text and you see the translated words on screen.
That's indeed often a great help, Rebecca. But translating a whole book with your phone is quite cumbersome. I usually scan the pages, use OCR software and then translate with Word into English. Not into my native Dutch as the translation function into anything else but English isn't so good in Word or Google.
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