As you know I will be teaching a hand embroidery course at TAFE SA as part of their short course programme in May and June. This first course is a general introduction to surface embroidery stitches and I am steadily working away on the course material.
It is going to be all 'hands on' with the focus simply to learn stitches and what you can do with them - or at least begin to get an idea of the possibilities. In each lesson we will go through and practice a different family of stitches eg line, chained, linked, knots and so on.
Part of getting the material ready is a bit of stitching - Thankfully! That way I get a bit of 'playtime' (I think I would go mad if it was all computer work) and make discoveries too. I am not preparing samples of everything - this is not planned to be a 'copy the sample' kind of course, but I still like to have some examples to show and illustrate. It is great because I get to play and make discoveries of stitches too. Just like last night when I had a bit of a play with the simple running stitch...
... now who would have thought!
... Just rows and rows of it and a pretty variegated thread.
For the Foundation Stitches Course you will complete the following:
- A small portfolio, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of equipment, preparation and materials
- A small portfolio of work, showing samples and knowledge of elementary surface embroidery stitches including:
- One sample of Line stitches
- One sample of Chained stitches
- One sample of Looped and Cross stitches
- One sample of Knot and Isolated stitches
- One sample of Filling stitches
- Your personal sampler based on a simple design or colour exercise and relevant to your area of interest
Hopefully everyone will not just learn the stitches but also get an idea of the endless possibilities and get inspired to try new things. You can download both the FLYER and the COURSE OUTLINE if you would like more details. If you want to and are able to join me, you can BOOK here.
As well as working on the course I am also playing with ideas for some new tiny silk embroidery designs. As much as I would love to spend the rest of the afternoon doing this...
... I'd better stop playing and get to work.
Have a fab weekend. (we are picking grapes ... again...)