You want to develop your embroidery skills further? This one-year programmes develops strong design ideas alongside technique.
Design: - Design gives you the building blocks to be able to put ideas down and create original pieces in your craft area. It gives you a basic understanding of how to use colour, line, shape, form and texture. Although the experiments and exploration are done in paper, it is fully linked to your craft area.
Embroidery – In the Foundation Programme we study both Hand and Machine embroidery.
• We will explore hand stitching developing texture and line stitches.
• We will explore the sewing machine; developing free machine embroidery.
• We will explore the use of fabrics in appliqué techniques.
• We will explore fabrics, threads and fibres in bonding and layering techniques.
• You will also cover dyeing and colouration techniques to create backgrounds and materials for use in embroidery.
Making – There are 2 making projects in the Foundation Programme
i. An aesthetic piece.
ii. A functional item.
The above programme is delivered through 3 themed projects: Sunsets, The Weather and Nature’s Chaos.
This is a programme for those who wish to carry on honing their skills and developing individual work. There is a strong design theme carried through the programme as you continue to develop your embroidery, building on old techniques and learning new.
Design is studied comprehensively using the visual language of colour, shape, line, texture and form. You will work a series of samples reflecting the issues generated within the craft by the design elements. These will empower you to go forward and create well designed and made items to a professional standard. You will explore both hand and machine stitching alongside colouration techniques to create exciting surfaces.
Design: - The 5 design elements of colour, shape, line, form and texture are studied in depth. You will produce artwork based on a theme of your choice using the elements. I will use the theme of flowers. You will need to select a theme that has both primary and secondary resources available to you within the classroom or studio. Primary sources are objects or places; secondary sources are photographs. You could choose something like the seashore, a favorite place or walk, or your garden. This should be something you have a passion for as it will form the basis of 2 years’ work.
Samples Folio: - This is the place for experimentation, trying out ideas in embroidery. The design elements are explored in stitch in an explorative and experimental way. Contemporary embroidery as well as traditional techniques will be examined and investigated. The issues raised by design are fully resolved so that you are confident to plan and produce work of a professional quality.
Manufacture: - There are 4 projects in which you design and make items to a high standard of finish. These will come out of your design and embroidery sample explorations. They will be spaced out over the 2 years.
• Create a piece from a personal response to your design theme
• Work 3 experimental pieces and from these develop an item
• Make a piece to a set brief
• Make a response from looking at the work of other makers or group of makers