Beginners' Embroidery

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The Beginners' Embroidery course provides an opportunity for anyone with an interest in embroidery to develop their knowledge and skills. The course provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to progress to one of the City and Guilds programmes.

The Beginners' Course enables the newcomer to embroidery to explore methods, materials and an experimental approach to hand stitch techniques. You will be introduced to the new and exciting language of today's embroidery, which offers a wealth of opportunities to develop personal creativity.

The six module programme is designed to lead you through a series of structure assignments focussed on materials and textures, mark and pattern, colour and design. The course enables anyone with little or no knowledge of hand stitch to begin work on their own imaginative ideas.

The course can be studied on a distance learning basis at home.

If studied on a distance learning basis the six three-month modules cost £163.80 (inc. VAT) each.

Beginners Embroidery Course modules:
1 Starting to Design and Stitch The natural world and embroidery stitches.
2 Exploring Colour Layers and transparency. Bonding and transfer dye methods
3 Tones and Tints Starting to draw, painting with stitches. Working from the landscape
4 Grids, Squares and Rectangles Composition, design, simple canvas work methods.
5 The Decorated Surface Beads and embellishments - design from world cultures. Making your own beads and decorative surfaces.
6 Surface, Texture and Raised Effects Further experimental stitch methods, wrapping, padding and composite stitches. Ways for developing more resolved ideas and a fuinished piece.
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