City & Guilds Embroidery Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft 7922 - 08

Exploring Embroidery

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The City & Guilds Certificate in Embroidery offers a stimulating and structured programme of study that will introduce you to a comprehensive range of experimental techniques and traditional skills.

The Level 3 Certificate involves a course of 12 modules studied over three years. The course is studied on a distance learning basis at home.

The course involves a study of contemporary as well as historical embroidery methods, art and design, and research skills using museums, galleries and libraries. Each module focuses on a structured series of practical and theoretical assignments, while the annual assessment exhibition in London provides an opportunity to exhibit work and to be assessed.

Open days take place at the end of each summer and include tutorials, lectures, seminars, plus opportunities to meet tutors and purchase specialist materials and books. The annual residential Summer School takes place in July and is now a popular aspect of our programme, where students are able to meet with some of the leading textile artists in the UK and from abroad.

Modules cost £163.80 each (inc. VAT) if studying by correspondence course.

C&G Embroidery Level 3 Certificate modules:
1 Line Couching, laidwork. Bayeux tapestry. Line, movement, figure in action.
2 Introduction to visual studies Basic drawing, painting.
3 Movement Running stitch, darning, split and stem stitch. Sign and symbol. Kanthas from Bangladesh. Angels and winged figures.
4 Painting with stitches Colour, stitch. Jacobean embroidery and crewel work methods. The natural world.
5 Elizabethan and Jacobean Blackwork and needlelace. Contrasting tone and texture. Pattern and stitch marks.
6 Design unit Ways for collating and relating ideas. Completing coursework. Design Sheets.
7 Embroidery as a livelihood or pastime Victorian embroidery methods. Pleating, tucking, smocking, quilting, holes and gaps.
8 Design from the environment Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
9 Architecture and grids Patching and piecing, quilting, reverse applique.
10 Cultural embellishment Embroidery from other cultures. Beading, tassels and braids. Embroidery methods. Adornment and decoration.
11 Working from the landscape I Drawing, colour study. Twentieth Century approaches.
12 Working from the landscape II Layering, machine embroidery using water-soluble fabrics, hand stichery, applied colour with fabric dyes. Contemporary approaches.
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