Weekend Workshop: Embroidery
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23 November 2013, 11:00-17:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown Netherlandish artist
This workshop will introduce the subject of Elizabethan embroidery as shown in primary items and through the medium of portraiture, with particular reference to Elizabeth I & Her People. This information will be used as a springboard to experiment with the traditional technique of Blackwork and also a variety of popular surface stitch techniques which were used throughout the Elizabethan period, including needlelace, braid stitch, satin stitch, backstitch, seeding, trellis, buttonhole, feather stitch and chain stitch.
The aim of this class is to provide a good basic knowledge of Elizabethan embroidery to the participants and also facilitate the ability of the student to have the knowledge and experience necessary to complete two embroidery samples.
Students will gain a basic understanding of the development and type of embroidery techniques which were popularly utilised during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and a basic understanding of a number of stitches which were used during this period.
Helen McCook graduated in Printed & Dyed Textiles with Art History in 2000 and then spent three years training in hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. On completing the RSN Apprenticeship, she worked as Head of Costume and Textiles at Bonham’s Auction House where she developed her expertise, particularly in 16th and 17th century embroidery. Helen continued to teach and lecture for the RSN while she was at Bonhams and then during a year spent as Atelier and Production Manager for the embroiderers Hand & Lock. Images of garments displaying her work for fashion companies have been used in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle Collections and Hello Magazine. In 2008, she began a freelance career and now runs workshops and lectures throughout Britain and America.
She teaches regularly on the RSN’s Day Classes and Certificate and Diploma courses at Hampton Court Palace. She also works on a range of projects including designing, making, exhibiting and consultancy work on valuing, handling and displaying antique textiles. Helen has displayed work in the Kitagawa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan as part of the British/Japanese Council celebration of 150 years trade as well as in a number of galleries in Britain.