2017 EMBROIDERY CLASSES
Embroidery classes for beginners to pros from NZ’s most established needlework suppliers, The Embroiderer. All classes are held at The Embroiderer in Birkenhead, Auckland (unless otherwise stated). Morning Classes are 10am to 12 pm and afternoon classes are 1pm to 3pm Please make sure you get a requirement list for your class. Classes are held in our bright and cheery classroom at the rear of the shop unless stated otherwise. We have provided below a list of what to bring to class. We order in tea or coffee from the café next door and the idea is to come and have a fun session, make new friends and learn a new skill. You will always work to your own level with no pressure and everyone is very friendly.
Let’s Start at the Beginning Beginner’s Basics Wednesday morning Term Two begins 10th May 8 weeks $100 This class teaches the basic embroidery stitches which can then be applied to other techniques like crewel work or stumpwork as you become more confident. A choice of projects is available depending on your level of experience This class is suitable for absolute beginners or those with some stitching experience wishing to learn a new technique. You will learn stem stitch, chain stitch, fly stitch, satin stitch and bullions among other stitches. Also how to get design on to fabric, use a hoop and what needles and thread to use. First term students will move on to more advanced stitches but there are a couple of places for real beginners.
Counting the Threads Wednesday afternoon Term Two begins 10th May 8 weeks $100.00 This term will look at Schwalm Whitework which comes from the Black forest region of Germany. You may choose from a couple of projects depending on your skill level. The work is on 28 count Linen. This class is suitable for those with some counted thread or other technique experience.
Creative landscapes Thursday morning. Term two begins 11th may 8 weeks $100.00. In this class you will learn a layered fabric technique to create a background landscape to which you will apply embroidered detail to complete your landscape design. The class will initially work on the same project to learn the technique and later create your own individual landscape design. Purchase of workbook from The Embroiderer is required and a starter pack will be available for purchase as well.
Working with Wool: A Beginner’s Guide Thursday Afternoon. Term two begins 11th April 8 weeks $100 Working with wool is very relaxing and rewarding. It is a simple way for beginners to learn surface stitchery and gain confidence as it is very forgiving and the results are quick and effective. As you advance there are a variety of more challenging directions you can follow. Begin with a cushion or blanket or with winter coming you might like to make our Daisy Hottie Cover or choose from a range of designs on offer. You will learn all the basic stitches and have help with designing your own project should you choose to do so. Suitable for complete beginners or those wishing to learn a new technique.
Moving Beyond the Basics Friday morning Term Two begins May 12th. 8 weeks $100.00 This class is for Intermediate stitchers. There are two projects on offer. A HUSSIF. This is the name given to a delicately stitched holdall for all a lady’s embroidery needs. The term comes from the German for housewife. That said, they were often made by sailors on merchant sailing ships for their mending needs. Choose from one of our kitsets and you will receive instruction in how to make this charming heirloom piece. STUMPWORK FLOWERS. Learn the basics of Stumpwork by working some of the delightful projects designed by Sachiko Morimoto. Stumpwork is 3 dimensional embroidery and some of the elements are stitched off the main work and applied later. You will use wire and other methods to construct these pieces. Quite achievable for intermediate stitchers and lots of fun. There is an essential book to purchase from The Embroiderer
STITCH AND CREATE Saturday Morning 6 weeks $75.00 Term 2 April 29, May 6,13, June 10, 17, 24. This class focuses on surface embroidery. It does not include counted stitch techniques. This is a fun class learning surface embroidery. The tutor is Joan Hamilton who is very experienced and she will work with you on a project of your choice or suggest something for you. You will explore how to use, translate and think about basic stitches and colour in a variety of ways and Joan is full of inspiration and very flexible. This class is suitable for all levels and needs a minimum of 4 to go ahead.
HOME SWEET HOME: An Embroidered Workbox Tuesday Morning. Term 2 begins 9th May. 8 weeks $35.00 This is a stitch group for those who wish to start or complete this beautiful project in the company of like-minded stitchers. Working alongside others on an ambitious project is a good incentive to keep making progress. Purchase of the book and materials from The Embroiderer is expected if you attend this group. No tutor but expert advice is on hand.
Come and join a group of like-minded folk for an afternoon of stitching therapy. Order a tea or coffee from the café next door and make a regular date to work on your projects. Even 2 hours a week is a good start and it might spur you on to work on your needlework more at home too. It is just about setting aside the time and sometimes being away from the distractions and chores at home is just the answer. No tutor but expert advice is available.
STITCH AND CHAT Friday Afternoon. Term Two begins 12th May. 8 weeks $35.00 A nice way to end the week. Eight places available Got some unfinished projects? Need some encouragement? Need to meet new people because none of your friends are into stitching? Come and join a group of like-minded folk for an afternoon of stitching therapy. Order a tea or coffee from the café next door and make a regular date to work on your projects. Even 2 hours a week is a good start and it might spur you on to work on your needlework more at home too. It is just about setting aside the time and sometimes being away from the distractions and chores at home is just the answer. No tutor but expert advice is available. Learn what to bring to embroidery classes
The Fine Print Payment must be made in full for each term before a place can be secured. We can pencil you in but your place is not guaranteed without payment and a paying customer will take precedence without notification. Classes at The Embroiderer are limited to 6 – 8 so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Classes at Highbury House are limited to around 12 people. Classes are the way we inspire and create new interest in the wonderful world of needlework. We aim to foster a love of the art of embroidery in a mutually supportive sharing of ideas and an eagerness to learn more. If the class doesn’t go ahead due to lack of numbers you will be refunded. A decision will be made a week before the class. All supplies , if you don’t already have them, should be purchased from The Embroiderer. We keep our class costs to a minimum so that we can pass on our skills. In return we’d appreciate you supporting our business. We want classes to be an enjoyable experience for everyone so please try and be on time and prepared. If you can’t make a class for any reason please make a courtesy call to inform us so we are not waiting for you. Everyone has times when they can’t come to class for holiday, sickness or other reasons. We understand this but unfortunately we can’t refund for missed classes. Nor can they carry over to the next term. Where possible we will help with a catch up but cannot guarantee that. If there is something you would like to learn and it is not covered here please talk to us and we will see if we can help.