I teach small classes in my studio at 21 Cranberry Way, Hull. You can learn a variety of traditional embroidery techniques, to take your embroidery to the next level. Classes are suitable for different levels of embroidery skills. Materials are provided (unless stated) but you will need to bring a basic sewing kit. The maximum number of students is 8, so booking is essential.
I was taught to stitch as a child, by my mother and grandmother, as well as some lessons at school, although I have few memories of this – it feels as though I have always stitched! I have tried many forms of craft work through my life, including knitting and calligraphy, but my first love is embroidery, with dressmaking a close second.
I've just finished a project I've been threatening to do for some years, namely to make a new angel for our Xmas tree. The old one is 18 years old, and was made in something of a rush. It's been looking sad for a few years, and every year I have said "I must make a new angel" and every year I have forgotten or got too involved in other stuff. This year Hull and East Riding New Stitchers (HENS) have a tree in Beverley Minster for their Christmas festival, which I think is the weekend of 9-11th December. So members have been making Xmas decorations all year to put on the tree.
I am just returned from a wonderful weekend out to play in the Big Scary Smoke! I came down to London on Friday morning, mainly to go to the Association of Dress Historians annual conference at the Artworkers Guild. The weekend kicked off with a tour, organised by ADH, of the Clothworkers Hall Textile Resource Centre of the V&A. One of the staff showed us their storage facilities - the biggest range of shelves/drawers I have ever seen, all of those archive type where you wind them on so you can get at the shelves. Vast!
This morning I've finished a project I've been working on for almost exactly a year. It's an embroidered Stomacher, loosely based on a design from Charles de St Aubin's book, The Art of the Embroiderer, which dates from 1770. It's stitched on ivory silk, using silk thread and silver passing thread. The green edges of the ribbon, and the silver passing thread are tamboured, and the rest is long-and short stitch, chain stitch satin stitch and French knots, mostly with spilt silk thread.
“We have been delighted that Alison has not only contributed to our exhibitions and displays, but her sessions stitching in costume have delighted visitors and added enormously to their museum visit.” Dr. Sophie Forgan, Chairman of Trustees, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby.
On Saturday next, July 30th, I will be stitching in costume at the Captain Cook Museum in Grape Lane in Whitby. Do come and see their exhibition, Wives and Sweethearts: the Sailors Farewell, and find me in the drawing room.
See you there!
Had a great time this last weekend in Norfolk. We were staying with some old friends from my former prison (aka full-time work) who had moved to furrin parts in Aylsham. Margaret had roped me in to demonstrate at the Woolfest she was helping to organise, called "Woolly Worsted"! It's their first go at a wool festival for Norfolk, and the whole weekend went very well.
I had a great day on Sunday this weekend, visiting the EG East Midlands Region Regional Day at West Bridgford, in Nottingham. I was lecturing in the afternoon, about recreating historical embroidery.
I have finished a piece of Dresdenwork I have been working on for a year now - not all the time, of course, but I started it in February last year! It's a new neckerchief, since the one I already have is on exhibition in the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby this year. One of the hazards of exhibiting stuff is needing more stuff to keep you going in the meanwhile......