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Whether it is your first foray into embroidery, or you have stitched your fair share - this class is a journey into geometric designs, inspired by the Amazonian Cosmo-vision.
In the 1800’s, women were taught to hold a crochet hook like a pencil because it looked daintier and more feminine. These days, most crocheters hold a hook in the palm of their hand to reduce hand fatigue and carpal tunnel risks.
There is no shortage of designs and stitches you will learn whilst you explore the rich tapestry of the textiles of the Amazon rain forest of Peru.
In the morning, you will have a mini-masterclass for the beginner as you learn the art of hand embroidery by working on a design inspired by allotment gardening. You will learn some embroidery stitches that will leave you able to embellish dinner party napkins.
In the afternoon you will move over to Goldwork embroidery, one of the oldest and richest techniques of hand embroidery. It has been practiced since ancient times - using gold, silver, copper and wire threads for ecclesiastical costumes in Europe. Today goldwork embroidery appears in art forms and in fashion and the class is eco-friendly too as you will be working with recycled fabric.
Bella will be preparing special embroidery kits for £12 in the morning and £15 in the afternoon, containing an instruction sheet, needle & threads (which you can buy on the day), oh and there will be embroidery hoops available to use (which can be purchased in the shop after the class too) but you are welcome to bring your own supplies if you already have them!
The teacher of the class, Bella Lane, is from Iquitos in Peru and is a master Peruvian embroiderer who trained at the Royal School of Needlework and a world embroidery stitch collector. What a treat you are in for with this embroidery expert.
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Fabrications - an East London based creative hub!
Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and workshop dedicated to the best contemporary textile practice and design, with a particular interest in eco-conscious design.
Fabrications opened in June 2000 in a refurbished derelict shop on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. The shop's founder, Barley Massey, has spent the last 16 years finding ingenious ways to turn scraps into original fabrics and using recycled materials to create cutting-edge items. Since 2012, "The Imaginarium", a fully-fitted working studio, has hosted workshops and classes.
Barley has been awarded as one of Kevin McCloud's (Grand Designs) Green Heroes for her minimally-processed, up-cycled products, which "demonstrate a lightness of touch backed up by a rigorous approach".
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