Blackwork & Hand Embroidery with Fran Burden

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Blackwork & Hand Embroidery with Fran Burden

Friday 23 August 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

This Blackwork workshop with Textile Artist Frances Burden will give you the opportunity to slow down, unwind and learn the calming techniques of hand stitched patterning.

Level: Complete beginner.

Geometrical precision and the repetition of motifs give this embroidery a unique form. Based on the regularity of it’s stitches, Blackwork is a traditional form of embroidery, usually worked in black thread on a white background, using running stitch, back stitch and cross stitch.

During this workshop Frances will teach you how to work a range of dfferent stitches so that you can create your own embroidery sampler demonstrating motifs. You'll be inspired by Frans exquisite portfolio of work along with the book references that are on display. Although the stitches can be intricate it won't be long before you've filled your embroidery hoop will different stitch styles and the end results are very impressive! 

You will cover the following in class:

  • Discover the history of Blackwork and be demonstrated stitching methods

  • Learn repeat pattern 'tiling' and natural motif's, these can be included in a finished design.

  • Learn practical tips to help you to become a confident stitcher

  • A little bit of history: The earliest examples used geometric forms or small floral patterns that have roots in Moorish, Islamic and North African art, and there are examples of this work being used to decorate textiles in Egypt. Repeat pattern, 'tiling' and symmetrical shapes are common in these early examples. Later Blackwork from the Tudor and Elizabethan era, reflects the growing interest in nature, in gardens and the seasons and is much more pictorial.

    All tools, worksheets and equipment will be provided. Lunch and refreshments are included.

    OFFER: Our London Craft Week Event "In Conversation With" on Friday 10th May is half price when bought in addition to any London Craft Week Workshop. To apply the discount please use the voucher code LCW50 


    Frances Burden studied at Slade School of Fine Art and now lives and works in London. Her work explores how process and making can be both adaptable and purposeful. Her medium is embroidery, namely cross stitch on heavy unbleached canvas, and her purpose is to explore pattern making, experimenting in structure and systems within material constraints. Fran is also part of 'Cubitt Studio's' an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. Founded in 1991, Cubitt now provides 32 artists’ studios with all artist members taking an active part in the running of the organisation.