Classes to enhance your skills

Are you looking for a class to increase your skills in your favourite technique? Or perhaps looking for a project that “you can get your teeth into”?  We have included several classes in our line up that are not for beginners.

For machine embroidery enthusiasts, Lois Parish-Evens will teach you how to do thread painting with your machine. Her sample projects for Linear Landscapes are just breathtaking and each student can work on her own interpretation of images so will complete a unique piece.

Those wanting to enhance their contemporary embroidery or textile art techniques should seriously consider Colleen Plank’s Expand Your Landscape class. Students will gain experience with tools to prepare metal and wire for embroidery and have access to NMIT’s excellent textile art facilities such as the dying kitchen, the metal work studio and the felting lab.

Traditional-style embroiderers should be excited about Christine Bishop’s Reticella Sampler. Doing this beautiful project will give confidence and competence in a number of counted, cutwork and needlelace techniques up to punto in aria Reticella lace. The sampler is a teaching project, in the traditional meaning of sampler, but the finished piece is something anyone would be proud to display.

Hardanger and counted enthusiasts will be excited about Yvette Stanton’s Early Style Hardanger class.  Students will complete an exquisite lace-like panel using stitches Yvette studied in the Hardangerfjord region in Norway. Students will learn traditional stitches to use in their hardanger pieces and gain understanding of the differences in the historic style and what we know as hardanger today.

Jo Dixie’s Playing With Stitch class will encourage you to use traditional hand stitching in new and innovative ways. So often we tend to use our lovely stitches in the same way, but slight changes to the techniques will show you the enormous scope of our stitches. Jo’s class will give you confidence to experiment with the fascinating textures and patterns that can be obtained from our basic stitches.

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