Royal School of Needlework Partnership Class – Silk Shading Embroidery Workshop

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Nov 25, 2022 at 10:00 am4:00 pm£150


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The Royal School of Needlework and the Holburne Museum, Bath are delighted to announce a second exclusive partnership class to take place on Friday 25 November.  This delightful Silk Shading and Goldwork Little Bird motif was inspired by an embroidered Stumpwork panel stitched in approximately 1640 and on permanent display at the museum.


Join RSN Tutor, Deborah Wilding to learn how to create this beautiful motif based upon the 17th century Embroidery Panel depicting the story of Esther and Ahasuerus. In the narrative, Ahasuerus seeks a new wife after his queen, Vashti, refuses to obey him and Esther is chosen for her beauty. Surrounding these characters are a variety of scenes including animals and birds, and this design is a part of one of these scenes.

Techniques included in this class are Silk Shading and Goldwork. The leaves of the tree are stitched using a technique called natural silk shading giving a life like feel to the leaves; the bird is stitched in a vertical silk shading technique (often referred to as Tapestry Shading). The fruits on the tree and the trunk of the tree are Goldwork covered using a check thread and a coloured fine metallic thread.

This class offers the opportunity to work in the same way as the embroiderers of the original panel. During the day you will also have a chance to view the panel and many other wonderful objects from the museum’s unique collection.

All aspects of the design will be covered during the class and 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. You will be able to visit the exhibits at lunchtime and after the class until the museum closes at 5pm.


The Holburne Museum
Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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