- Greetings fellow needleworkers - There's a nice track of needlework classes set up for the upcoming Darkwood Arts & Sciences Tourney to be held at Ft. Ord in Monterey. The campgrounds open up on Friday, Sept. 27th and the classes will be held over 2 days starting that Sat. (9/28th) at 9:30 a.m. and running through 5:15 p.m. An up-to-date schedule of all classes can be found on the Darkwood website:
http://www.warriorprincess.com/darkwood (go to the Events section)
Needlework Track includes the following classes. Students should bring an embroidery hoop, embroidery scissors and (if necessary) magnification.
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - India's Shisha Mirror Embroidery. Alys Peacocke will teach the art of applying shisha mirrors to fabric using embroidery. 6 Students max. $5 incl. handouts and all materials.
10:35 a.m. - 12 noon - 3 Period Stitches. Isela di Bari will teach chain, satin and split stitches and how to completely fill a motif using just one stitch. $3 fee for materials. 6 Students max.
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Voided Work - Assisi Rabbits. Sabrina de la Bere will teach the basics of Assisi by embroidering a small pin cushion using double running, back stitch, long arm cross and Italian hem stitching. $3 fee for materials. 8 Students max. Bring a 5 inch embroidery hoop.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Blackwork: Period Double Running Band PLUS Lecture with noted embroiderer, exhibitor, and historian (of embroidery) Linn Skinner. She will teach basic stitches of Blackwork. $3 fee. 20 students max.
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Viking Laid Work/Couching for Beginners - Katherine ni Cheallaigh of Skye will teach the basic techniques and some fancy variations to enhance your project. 10 students max.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Cross Stitch with Elspeth Mossman who will teach both the regular and long arm cross stitches so students can complete a bookmark. $3 fee. 8 students max.
11:15 a.m - 12:45 p.m.- Beadwork. Alys Peacocke will teach flat bead embroidery. $5 fee incl. handouts and all materials to bead a small pouch. 6 students max.
Should you have any questions regarding these classes, please feel free to contact either the Autocrat Anastasia Ivanovna at seaan@... or me.
Guild Minster Sabrina de la Bere will be bringing Guild Kits with her and Linn Skinner may also have some kits/books available for purchase.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Lady Sorcha, the co-autocrat for this year's Darkwood A&S, has passed along the following list of needlework classes that will be held at the event on Saturday, September 20th, at the Fort Ord Travel Camp. This event is a weekend-long event of various classes and activities starting Friday, Sept. 19th. You can email Sorcha at pjbarnes1@... for more info.
Classes for the Needle Guild tracks
Class: Heraldic Embroidery - How it was used then and how it can be used now to decorate garb and accessories. Will bring embroidered samples to show, books to share and lots of ideas, stitches, etc. Teacher: Maestra Isela di Bari; Fee: None Materials: Pencil and paper for notes Class Size: no limit
Class: Pulled work*: Hands on instructions Teacher: Mistress Theodora Groves; Fee:$5; Class limit: 5 Materials: Bring hoop and scissors
Saturday, 1:15pm - 3:15pm (Special time)
Class: Stitches of the Bayuex Tapestry*- Come learn the stitches used in the Bayeux Tapestry; stem, outline, chain & laid & couched work. Teacher: Mistress Catherine Lorraine; Fee: $6; Materials: Bring a 6" embroidery hoop and a pair of embroidery scissors. All other materials will be provided. Class limit: 6 people
Saturday, 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Class: Viking embroidery from the Mammen grave finds* - Much of what we know about Viking-era Norse embroidery comes from a single 10th century grave at Mammen, Denmark. This class surveys the material, with an emphasis on understanding the original finds, not just prettied-up reconstructions based on them. We will be learning the basic stitch and technique used for this work and will discuss issues such as transferring patterns, plausible applications on clothing, and materials. A "starter kit" with all materials for doing a sample piece will be provided. In addition to a paper handout, a more extensive color version of the handout will be available as a web document on CD. Teacher: Mistress Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn; Fee: $5 for hands-on students (includes kit and paper handout); paper handout only is $1; CD handout is $5 including shipping if necessary (limited numbers will be available at the class) Materials: all materials will be provided Class limit: 5 hands-on students, unlimited auditors.
Class: Introduction to Canvaswork*: Oak leaves from a 16th c. cushion. Beginner level. Teacher: Baroness Sabrina de la Bere; Fee: $5; Materials: Bring embroidery scissors ; Class Limit: 9 Students
Saturday, 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Class: Beading*- Period beads and non-period beads on costume. Teacher: Baroness Elizabeth of the Blue Rose Fee: None Class Limit: 10
Class: Couched & Laidwork*: Learn the period method of couching down 2 metal threads at a time using silk thread. Fee includes fabric, needles, threads and handout.Teacher: Mistress Thieadora Groves Fee: $8 Materials: Bring embroidery hoop, scissors and magnification if needed. Class limit: 5
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