Vintage-style hand embroidery is a textile art workshop for anyone interested in the Vintage-genre. It will show you ways to use those beautiful old table linens and lace doilies you picked up at the charity shop. You'll create a lovely hanging to show off treasured family heirlooms or just to recreate fond memories of a bygone era.
We'll create a collage, taking inspiration from the classic motifs found on tablecloths, tea trays, and other hand-embroidered items. You can also incorporate secondary inspirations such as vintage books that interest you, whether it's dressmaking, birds, flowers, recipes or family memories.
You will stitch these source materials together onto your chosen background and decorate it using simple hand embroidery stitches to create a highly-personal piece of work.
Who is this aimed at?
Anyone with an interest in the vintage genre.
You will need to bring some pieces of vintage fabrics or table linen which can be used as a background, You'll also need a collection of lace, haberdashery, (buttons, lace strips, cards of hooks & eyes, ribbon), magazine cuttings, book pages, old family photos or other personal momentoes to embellish your hanging. I'll show you how to arrange and fix your components to the background, ready for embellishment with hand embroidery.
Think about telling a story: you'll need anything that enhances the story. e.g. 'Baking day with Mum'. You'd need a copy of an old, favourite recipe you used as a child. If it's got jam stains on, then so much the better. Perhaps vintage adverts for the flour, or a piece of Mum's baking apron, and a small measuring spoon. You could use an old tea cloth as the background and hang it using a wooden spoon?
Here are a few more suggestions for nostalgic topics:
a family holiday at the seaside - photos, travel tickets, maps, admission tickets for museums or funfairs, a postcard, pebbles or shells gathered from the beach
afternoon tea at Granny's - a piece of tablecloth or tea tray, her cherry cake recipe (handwritten in copperplate of course), a photo of Granny, a jam label. Embellishment may include embroidering the design from a china tea set.
a wedding or special party - you could use fabrics, ribbons, photos, table decorations, invites, favours and anything else that will remind you of the day.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Vintage-style Hand Embroidery are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.
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