The Art of Goldwork - Make a Beaded Crane Badge with Annalisa

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The Art of Goldwork - Make a Beaded Crane Badge with Annalisa

Begins: Friday 13 December 2019

Ends: Friday 20 December 2019

Session: 2


Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

Level: This course is for beginner level though some experience sewing with a needle and thread would be helpful.

In these two consecutive evening sessions you will learn the complete process of hand embroidering a beautiful beaded Goldwork Crane using traditional metal threads and wires. From design to finished item, you will become familiar with the equipment and materials you need to create your own Goldwork projects and develop the technical skills to apply a variety of metals to fabric.

You will come away from this workshop with your own unique patch to stitch to a bag or jacket, or it could even be a design piece ready for framing!

Materials: You will receive your own goldwork kit which is included in the price. This incorporates an embroidery hoop, needle, the design template, a step by step guide and a list of resources.

In the first session you will receive a copy of the crane design to trace and annotate using three separate embroidery plans, one for materials, one for colour and another for stitch direction. These plans are a useful way to develop ideas before committing a design to fabric.

The techniques you will learn over these two session include:

  • Prick and Pounce – The design transfer process of pricking tracing paper to leave dots of pounce powder on fabric.

  • Framing up – Preparing an embroidery hoop with fabric ready for sewing

  • Felt padding – A method of building a layer of relief for the threads to sit on

  • Cut work – Cutting metal purl into specific lengths to lay over padding

  • Chip work – Cutting metal check into bead size pieces to fill an area

  • Laying Pearl purl – Sewing a single spiral wire to create a border or line

  • Couching Gold thread – Securing a gold wrapped flexible thread with neat even stiches

  • Plunging – Pulling the tails of gold thread to the reverse of the work to be secured

  • Finishing - Preparing you work for application to clothing.

    Annalisa started her career as a costume designer, sparking her love of textiles and mythology. She worked for 6 years fabricating shimmering showgirls and resplendent Queens for theatre, television and the distinguished London reveller. There she learnt a variety of skills including corsetry, millinery and also taught dressmaking.

    In 2015 she became a part of textile hub London and began the process of designing her own fashion pieces, experimenting with digital print, metal finishing’s and embroidery, culminating in her first solo exhibition. Middleton continued to look at her garments for their aesthetic pleasure but now also as objects of transformation and cultural significance. Her clothing designs are made to imbue the wearer with a certain kind of magic, evolved from years of study on the ritual of dress. The garments as a collection are intended as tools to create a happening, an atmospheric live environment allowing the artist to perpetuate her work as part of an expanding imagined world.

    Since winning the Hand & Lock prize in 2016, embroidery has become the main focus of her current work. Entering the competition taught her much in the development of her sewing skills, especially in the technique of Goldwork, a type of high relief embroidery, using metal wires, traditionally used for military dress uniforms.

    Taken out of the context of clothing, she noticed great potential for these techniques to be used as a form of illustration and graphic expression. Just as tapestries were once the centre piece of a home, displaying cumulative memories and traditional skills passed down through generations, so the artist has begun to use embroidery, to draw upon a rich heritage, imbibing textiles with symbols and mythologies of her own invention. These methods, originally intended for the embellishment of clothing now form the basis for stand-alone works of art and continue to shape her future practice as an artist.

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