The medieval retreat at Coombe Abbey last month, was a great success, where Sarah Homfray and I welcomed 10 lovely ladies to explore and learn the medieval embroidery technique known as ‘Opus Anglicanum’ ( English work).
The Abbey was built during the same time this embroidery was at his height and added to the authenticity of the time we spent there.
We all enjoyed the experience and all reflected on just ‘how did they do that’ when electricity, magnifiers, and spectacles were not invented at this time. We also were in awe of how much bling there must have been using real gold and other metals, luxurious jewels and sumptuous silks that were available which many are not now.
My next retreat is a little more light hearted, with a fun day of Stitching and Tea at the world famous ‘Betty’s Tearooms’ in Harrogate in November.
Recently I welcomed a lovely lady from Sydney, Australia to my studio for some private lessons.
Prior to her arrival we conversed via email with design and project ideas for her to learn some goldwork techniques. She asked me to design a gold shoe brooch for her friend and a bee brooch for herself, having some specific design ideas for me to work with.
Working over four days fitting in with her travels, she completed her projects and went away with confidence to restart a project she was struggling with which had taken a place in her ‘to do’ pile, and excitement to show her first goldwork pieces to her friends and family.
If you have a project you are struggling with; wish to create a bespoke piece of embroidery; or want to get away for some devoted stitching time, I am happy to arrange this for you. Should you need accommodation, the village where I live has a selection of venues on offer, which are not far from my studio. I would be pleased to create your own bespoke embroidery lesson, like the one I did here. Please contact me with enquiries.
Welcome to my website for Eternal Embroidery.
Since graduating from the Future Tutors programme at the Royal School of Needlework in the Summer of 2016, I have been putting my plans into action to start up my embroidery tutoring business and creating this website. I’d like to thank everyone at Hive of Design in Leicester who have worked with me to create my website of which I am proud to now launch. I look forward to welcoming you to one of my classes or retreats in the future.