Or Nué Brooch inspired by Painted Love: Renaissance Marriage Portraits at the Holburne Museum Partnership Class with Royal School of Needlework

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Sep 23, 2023 at 10:00 am4:00 pm£150

Please note this is an onsite class which will run from 10am-4pm at the Holburne Museum, Bath


Immerse yourself in late 15th century art and embroidery with our exclusive Or Nué class on Saturday 23 September inspired by Painted Love: Renaissance Marriage Portraits exhibition at the Holburne Museum, Bath.

This class takes inspiration from the marriage portrait of Jakob Fugger and Sybilla Artz, painted by Hans Burgkmair in 1498 and on display at the exhibition. http://collections.holburne.org/object-l2022-1 The lavishness of the couple’s embroidered attire, which attests to their wealth and power, has been captured with minute detail.

RSN Tutor, Matthew Cayton will teach this beautiful Or Nué design based on Sybilla’s embroidered cuff.  You will also learn how to create a stunning brooch from your motif. Or Nué is an ancient embroidery technique involving the couching of metal threads with fine coloured threads to produce shaded patterns and was popular in Europe when the painting was commissioned.

Your kit will include Goldwork thread, 5 shades of DMC embroidery thread on bobbins and Gutermann couching thread plus a selection of needles. The design will be hand painted on fabric. A full instruction booklet will be included in the kit to enable you to complete the design at home. This class is suitable for beginners and more experienced stitchers.

The class cost includes all materials and necessary equipment and your kit comprises everything you require to complete the project. You may like to bring your own embroidery scissors and magnifiers if you need them, but you will be able to borrow ring frames and scissors on the day.

This event includes entrance to the museum and a chance to see the painting that inspired the class. You may also visit the rest of the exhibition at lunchtime or after the class until the museum closes at 5pm.

Joining Instructions:

Registration commences at 9.45am. The class will be held in the Museum’s Clore Learning space, situated on the ground floor. This space can be accessed from 9.45am via large white door, on the right hand side of the building.

Bottled water will be provided for all attendees. It is recommended that you bring a packed lunch on the day to eat in the museum gardens or workshop space . The museum has an onsite café where attendees can purchase light refreshments and drinks.

The museum is fully accessible. Free parking is available to Blue Badge holders in the car park, which is located directly next to the museum. (Please be advised that the car park paying machine only accepts coins.)


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