$ 697.50 - $ 747.00
Starting Jan 1st, 2023
15 spots left for registration in 2023 course.
This 18-month course is going to take a very deep dive into the whitework/cutwork found on English band samplers of the 17th century. While we are attracted to the large geometry patterns, often called reticella, there are several other techniques which are characteristic and found on most samplers of the period in concert with these complex bands. Over 1/2 of the course will be devoted to the reticella techniques.
The course is a mix of learning techniques, projects and designing your own whitework band sampler. You are being given enough materials to work one to three small pieces of linen with trial stitches so you can feel confident with techniques and material choices. Then there are two sampler projects, each with one band of reticella to explore a mixed colored counted work band sampler with the cutwork. One is based on a sampler from the Winterthur Museum collection and the second is inspired from a favorite piece of mine in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. This piece is a unique example of colored silk threads being used for reticella and I think it is a unique project that combines ease of sight because of the colored threads but also technical challenges to hide the color changes and thus it provides a master class in this reticella technique on the whole.
The third project is a punta-in-aria length of lace. A fourth project can be worked, a band sampler of your own design based on all the materials we will be looking at, provided patterns, and the real 16th-17th century pattern books. In order to do this, the course is taking on the unique challenge that presented the 17th century teacher/embroiderer - the geometry and math of this type of work. When looking at band samplers, we will find that often the pattern didn’t quite fit the chosen width of the sampler the person had chosen to make and that had consequences that had to be filled in or not. It could make for awkward spots in an otherwise stunning piece. I wanted to solve that and answer the questions of how to scale the patterns, how wide to work the bands, over what count and if you were working all these bands with disparate scales of withdrawn threads, how to make them all fit exactly in the boundaries of the sampler without excess room left over in the band.
The course will include detailed photographs of at least five samplers to illustrate techniques. This will be augmented by Pintrest boards to go with the course as both a general reference and specific references in the course text to illustrate points.
Each technique will be accompanied by many patterns which can be cut and arranged and used directly as patterns for your personal sampler. I will also be giving guidance on how to convert many of the patterns found in the 16th-17th century pattern books to the correct scale so you can use them as well as how to look at a pattern and determine the best stitch choices and progression of working the pattern.
Choices of materials is a big part of this course. You have three linen counts that the course has been designed to use. A 30ct, 40ct, and a 53/55ct linen have been provided with enough of each to be used for two projects - the one I intended and your choice of which for the personal sampler. So the ambitious will have extra linen for other projects of this type or can repurpose it. Both silk and linen threads will be used for the samplers matching the thread to the original pieces.
The kits will include all three linens mentioned, silk threads, linen threads, needles, and special blue contact paper.
This is an advanced order for 'I Write the Needles Praise' A century of Sampler Making, 1630-1730 the new catalog for the exhibition Nov 2022 by Witney Antiques. If you are a lover of English band samplers, whitework samplers or spot samplers - this softcover book needs to have a space on your bookshelf. 144-book features a sampler and a page of research on it for 70 samplers. All of which are either recently on sale (call to ask Witney Antiques if still available) or brought out of private collection for the one month exhibition.
The research was done by Rebecca Scott and Isabella Rosner and covers both genealogy of the girls, new school information and comparable examples. It is written in the format of the highly coveted Feller Collection and Goodhart Sampler books published a decade ago.
This is being made available direct in the USA by Access Commodities who arranged for a special pallet of the books to be shipped here from the UK to make getting them easier as Witney does not have online ordering. The books are expected in my hands before Christmas and are already enroute.
$ 3,520.00 - $ 3,683.00
A new online course starts Jan 1st, 2023.
There are only 49 spots available out of 250.
Paying in full is also a ~5% discount from installment plans.
There are two ways to pay. Either in full or on a 18-month payment plan using PayPal. The links in blue below are for payment plans and take you to a PayPal page to complete the order. Shipping is included, so please choose your correct region. If your preferred email or shipping address is not the same as entered for PayPal, please email me with the correct info. Husbands have a tendency to unsubscribe your class emails.
The installment plans have changed to have a total of seven shipments vs 2-3 shipments when paying in full. That is why there is a discount for paying in full.
If you are interested in taking the course or finding out more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
$ 7,650.00 - $ 7,830.00
2 are left
THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO ANYONE
Because my cabinet maker is retiring in 2020, this course is being offered as a bundle because I would not be able to supply a casket later:
- a Double Casket
- all finishing materials needed to assemble the casket
- threads to complete the Four Seasons design (see B&W diagram) for the casket in stumpwork as well as the lid insert and the inner doors (see silk purl floral baskets). Pictures of 12 finished panels are shown.
- mirror, inkwells, and bottles
All you need is to provide the labor to make your dream casket. This is the last opportunity for a double casket. My cabinet maker has committed to the last numbers of pieces he is making and our last hardware has been cast and locks made and delivered.
NOTE: The video is of a different casket and not the one for this course - it is only an example of what a finished casket looks like. The black and white drawing is the design for the course. It will be embroidered in stumpwork.