Silk and Metal Thread Classes

I currently offer classes in Silk and Metal Thread embroidery.  To see the details, click on the class title or the picture for the class you'd like to see.

Petite Arabesque is a small project in the Arabesque series.  Techniques in this exercise are the most basic techniques of couching metal threads, satin stitch using both silk and a metal twist, laidwork and the outline stitch using metal threads. Measures 4.75" x 3.75"

Golden Butterfly is designed for the beginner.  It is worked on congress cloth.  A variety of metal thread techniques mixed with canvas stitches and silk will be explored.   Beads and pailettes will also be attached.

Create a detached leaf in silk and metal thread techniques, and apply it to the ground embroidery,  a silk and metal thread embroidery on Congress Cloth.

The leaf is stitched on a gold cotton ground fabric

Tulips have fascinated Westerners since their discovery. Their image is found in art, tapestries, and embroideries since that time. In this class, our goal is to create a fantastical, stylized tulip in rich gold

metals/metallic, and red silk on black congress cloth.

Butterfly in Metals is a study in the basics of metal thread embroidery.  The butterfly is stitched on silk satin, worked in pearl purls, and other threads. Reeled silk is used in the diagonal satin stitching and twisting into pearl purl.

Create a beautiful work in gold. Hearts and Circle is a study in applying metals to canvas. Some are padded, and some are worked directly onto the Congress cloth.

I love to embroider flowers that are composites of several flowers.  The flower in this study has its origins in the textiles of centuries past.  Many examples from the past are fantastical in shape and design.  Working on black Congress cloth using brilliant colors and gold metallics is a great exercise using silk and metal threads.

Elizabeth’s Iris is adapted from a painting in Hardwick Hall of a dress owned by Elizabeth  of England.   The dress represents the land, plants, creatures, and continents over which she held dominion.  The dress was of silk with the figures painted on the silk.  It is by an unknown artist. It was sent to Bess of Hardwick Hall as a gift.

Join us in creating this lovely small embroidery. Using three different purls you will outline the three leaves in variations of the outline stitch. The stems are couched pearl purl and #8 braid. The leaf background is a silk and metal organza. The background is a blackwork pattern.

Gilded Circle is a half-day class for beginners. It is a small piece suitable for framing or for a box top. Students learn the fundamentals of silk and metal embroidery

Dragonflies are a very ancient species of insect. They have been flitting and darting about for eons.  In primeval times, they were large and some of them had wing spans of two feet or more.  Today, the wings span three to four inches.  Each pair moves independently for more skillful maneuvering.  A dragonfly can attain great flying speed.  The dragonfly in this study is worked in gold purls. 

The flower for this study has its origins in the florals of the tapestries and embroideries of the Renaissance. Its shapes are incorporated from different motifs. Part of it is similar to an artichoke, a newly opening bud, a floppy cottage rose, and elements from architecture truly a fantastical and exotic flower.