Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Embroidery for Fashion & Textiles - Day 1

Interested in learning the art of garment embellishment and embroidery? In this 2-day workshop you will be introduced to many easy and decorative stitches to embroider your own motif design onto textiles.

We Will Cover:

  • Key surface stitches, such as stem stitch, chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch, couching, French knots, Turkey stitch and spider wheels.

  • Learn how to ‘play’ with these key stitches. You will learn to create a petal stitch by combining a stem stitch and chain stitch, use a satin stitch for shading, and work padding to make it look 3-Dimensional.

  • There will be samples and images of embroidery on textiles to study and inspire you.

  • A kit including, fabric for the sample work, needles and threads, will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop.

BYO:

  • A small hoop frame, which can be bought at Lincraft or Spotlight

  • A pair of small, sharp scissors

  • For the second session: a small designed motif e.g. a bird (preferably your own design). Stitches will be suggested for your motif

  • Your glasses, if you need them for close work

  • Bring a camera for photographing the samples and images that will be brought into the workshop. Also bring a notepad and pencil/pen. A kit including, fabric for the sample work, needles and threads for the 1st day, will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop.

I would like to know your colour preferences 2 weeks before the 1st day of the course so that I can purchase threads to your liking, colour-wise. Please email me at: mary@marybrowndesigns.com

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Mary Brown has trained at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in London. Her expertise ranges from surface stitching, goldwork embroidery and bead and sequin embroidery, and she has published a book on Goldwork Embroidery. Mary worked as a Visual Arts teacher in Senior Colleges until 2003, where she introduced stitching and embroidery as an important means for expression, mainly for Art Wearables. Since 2007,  she has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, delivering lectures on embroidery and running embroidery workshops for all 2nd year students in Fashion & Textile Design. Mary also designs and creates embroidered garments and textiles for exhibition.

PRICE — $220 for both Day 1 and Day 2
CLASS SIZE — Maximum 10 people
VENUE — Makerspace, 12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
LENGTH — 8 hours across 2 sessions
CATEGORY — Fashion, Textiles

If you would like to participate, please use the contact page to secure your attendance or click Learn More and book via Makerspace.

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Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Embroidery for Fashion & Textiles - Day 2

Interested in learning the art of garment embellishment and embroidery? In this 2-day workshop you will be introduced to many easy and decorative stitches to embroider your own motif design onto textiles.

We Will Cover:

  • Key surface stitches, such as stem stitch, chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch, couching, French knots, Turkey stitch and spider wheels.

  • Learn how to ‘play’ with these key stitches. You will learn to create a petal stitch by combining a stem stitch and chain stitch, use a satin stitch for shading, and work padding to make it look 3-Dimensional.

  • There will be samples and images of embroidery on textiles to study and inspire you.

  • A kit including, fabric for the sample work, needles and threads, will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop.

BYO:

  • A small hoop frame, which can be bought at Lincraft or Spotlight

  • A pair of small, sharp scissors

  • For the second session: a small designed motif e.g. a bird (preferably your own design). Stitches will be suggested for your motif

  • Your glasses, if you need them for close work

  • Bring a camera for photographing the samples and images that will be brought into the workshop. Also bring a notepad and pencil/pen. A kit including, fabric for the sample work, needles and threads for the 1st day, will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop.

I would like to know your colour preferences 2 weeks before the 1st day of the course so that I can purchase threads to your liking, colour-wise. Please email me at: mary@marybrowndesigns.com

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Mary Brown has trained at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in London. Her expertise ranges from surface stitching, goldwork embroidery and bead and sequin embroidery, and she has published a book on Goldwork Embroidery. Mary worked as a Visual Arts teacher in Senior Colleges until 2003, where she introduced stitching and embroidery as an important means for expression, mainly for Art Wearables. Since 2007,  she has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, delivering lectures on embroidery and running embroidery workshops for all 2nd year students in Fashion & Textile Design. Mary also designs and creates embroidered garments and textiles for exhibition.

PRICE — $220 for both Day 1 and Day 2
CLASS SIZE — Maximum 10 people
VENUE — Makerspace, 12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
LENGTH — 8 hours across 2 sessions
CATEGORY — Fashion, Textiles

If you would like to participate, please use the contact page to secure your attendance or click Learn More and book via Makerspace.

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Design Workshop Day 2

Design Workshop Day 2 is a follow-up day  to the  Design Workshop Day 1.

Day 1 is  is purely a theoretical day but Day 2 is  a more practical day. 

 At least two designs will be done over the day. The designs will be created from photos taken specifically for the workshop. Each design will employ prescribed elements and principles of designs. The aim is not to create literal images from the primary sources. 

Preparation for this workshop involves YOU, the participant, taking photos of:

  • Crowd situations 

  • Cityscapes (buildings, shop fronts, etc – take photos from different angles) 

  • Landscapes (can be gardens) – take photos from a distance as well as close ups – take these from different perspectives

The photos must have great clarity and are to be printed in colour on A4 paper. Bring at least four photos for each group. On the day, please bring:

  • Mary Brown’s booklet on Design Elements and Principles

  • Photos (as prescribed above)

  • Good quality sheets of drawing paper or an artist’s journal

  • Tracing paper 

  • Drawing materials – artline pens or/and ‘lead’ pencils which must be at least B or above.

  • Ruler

Mary took photograph of Henri Matisse's 'Still Life with Geranium' 1910 at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich last. Matisse figures very prominently when talking about the elements and principles of design.

Mary took photograph of Henri Matisse's 'Still Life with Geranium' 1910 at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich last. Matisse figures very prominently when talking about the elements and principles of design.

PRICE — Embroiderers’ Guild Members - $80  Non-Members - $100
VENUE — The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc, 76 Queen Street, Concord West NSW 2138
HOURS — 5

You can book a place in this workshop through the Embroiderers' Guild NSW.

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Bead & Sequin Embroidery For Fashion & Textiles - Day 2

This workshop will introduce you to a great variety of bead & sequin embroidery techniques, which will add texture and sparkle to your fashion and textile items. Mary will show you examples of her own work and images of work by others. Then she will demonstrate bead embroidery techniques, such as attaching beads or crystals using the zig-zag method to create sinuous lines and attaching beads using the stem stitch technique to create scrunchy areas of texture. She will show you how to make bugle beads stand upright and long beaded ‘dingly danglys’.

You will move onto sequin embroidery and some of these techniques will include beads and crystals as well. This will include the gorgeous ‘fish-scale’ sequin technique to fill up shapes. Mary will show you how to create ‘stacks’ with sequins, beads and crystals and flower-like rosettes. You will create beautiful samples for each technique studied. This workshop is suitable for beginners.

A kit including, beads, sequins, crystals and beading needles will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop. The students will need to bring fabric suitable for this form of embroidery. It needs to be a plain closely woven fabric with no stretch. Students will also need to bring a small embroidery hoop (available at any textile or craft shop), a small pair of scissors, pencil, and a lid from an ice cream container for their beads, to prevent them rolling onto the table.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Mary Brown has trained at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in London. Her expertise ranges from surface stitching, goldwork embroidery and bead and sequin embroidery, and she has published a book on Goldwork Embroidery. Mary worked as a Visual Arts teacher in Senior Colleges until 2003, where she introduced stitching and embroidery as an important means for expression, mainly for Art Wearables. Since 2007,  she has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, delivering lectures on embroidery and running embroidery workshops for all 2nd year students in Fashion & Textile Design. Mary also designs and creates embroidered garments and textiles for exhibition.

PRICE — $225 for both Day 1 and Day 2
CLASS SIZE — Maximum 10 people
VENUE — Makerspace, 12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
LENGTH — 8 hours across 2 sessions
CATEGORY — Textiles

If you would like to participate, please use the contact page to secure your attendance or click Learn More and book via Makerspace.

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Design Workshop Day 1
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Design Workshop Day 1

This workshop is an introduction to the visual language used by artists and designers to communicate ideas, feelings, etc. Mary will briefly cover the elements of design and will demonstrate how the principles of  design are brought into play to compose with the elements of design. 

Mary has written a comprehensive booklet with many images on the Elements and Principles of Design which you can request to be emailed to you as a PDF once you have fully paid for the workshop. It must be printed and brought to the workshop. If you are not online, Mary will print it for you and will bill you accordingly. 

Delivery of this information will be accompanied with Powerpoint presentations. There is so much ground to cover that there will not be time in this workshop for practical work.

This workshop is open to all, but if you intend to enrol in the Contemporary Stitch & Design course, this is an excellent workshop for you to do, if you have not already formally or independently studied elements and principles of design

Mary took this photograph of Henri Matisse's 'Still Life with Geranium' 1910 at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich last. Matisse figures very prominently when talking about the elements and principles of design.

Mary took this photograph of Henri Matisse's 'Still Life with Geranium' 1910 at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich last. Matisse figures very prominently when talking about the elements and principles of design.

PRICE — Embroiderers’ Guild Members - $80  Non-Members - $100
VENUE — The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc, 76 Queen Street, Concord West NSW 2138
HOURS — 5

You can book a place in this workshop through the Embroiderers' Guild NSW.

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Bead & Sequin Embroidery For Fashion & Textiles - Day 1

This workshop will introduce you to a great variety of bead & sequin embroidery techniques, which will add texture and sparkle to your fashion and textile items. Mary will show you examples of her own work and images of work by others. Then she will demonstrate bead embroidery techniques, such as attaching beads or crystals using the zig-zag method to create sinuous lines and attaching beads using the stem stitch technique to create scrunchy areas of texture. She will show you how to make bugle beads stand upright and long beaded ‘dingly danglys’.

You will move onto sequin embroidery and some of these techniques will include beads and crystals as well. This will include the gorgeous ‘fish-scale’ sequin technique to fill up shapes. Mary will show you how to create ‘stacks’ with sequins, beads and crystals and flower-like rosettes. You will create beautiful samples for each technique studied. This workshop is suitable for beginners.

A kit including, beads, sequins, crystals and beading needles will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop. The students will need to bring fabric suitable for this form of embroidery. It needs to be a plain closely woven fabric with no stretch. Students will also need to bring a small embroidery hoop (available at any textile or craft shop), a small pair of scissors, pencil, and a lid from an ice cream container for their beads, to prevent them rolling onto the table.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Mary Brown has trained at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in London. Her expertise ranges from surface stitching, goldwork embroidery and bead and sequin embroidery, and she has published a book on Goldwork Embroidery. Mary worked as a Visual Arts teacher in Senior Colleges until 2003, where she introduced stitching and embroidery as an important means for expression, mainly for Art Wearables. Since 2007,  she has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, delivering lectures on embroidery and running embroidery workshops for all 2nd year students in Fashion & Textile Design. Mary also designs and creates embroidered garments and textiles for exhibition.

PRICE — $225 for both Day 1 and Day 2
CLASS SIZE — Maximum 10 people
VENUE — Makerspace, 12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
LENGTH — 8 hours across 2 sessions
CATEGORY — Textiles

If you would like to participate, please use the contact page to secure your attendance or click Learn More and book via Makerspace.

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