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FAD Volunteer ‘Stitch In’

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in FAD Workshops, Stitch Ideas | No Comments
Here is the latest update from FAD’s young stitching volunteers…
Having spent a day at Kensington Palace, the next challenge awaiting our New East London Embroiderer volunteers was to put some heritage embroidery techniques to the test.

Practicing stitches

Luckily for them the project has the support of embroidery expert and former Chairman of The Embroiderers Guild, Anthea Godfrey. This month Anthea led two ‘stitch in’ classes for our young volunteers in Hackney, East London.

The first session began with learning how to stretch a traditional frame, as couture embroiderers have done for centuries and still do in many of the big fashion houses today. Anthea also demonstrated some basic but important heritage stitches, including stem stitch, couching and satin stitch.

Learning how to stretch a traditional embroidery frame

The second session covered more complicated techniques from beading and French knots to couching with ribbons and chains. Anthea also brought along some beautiful embroidery samples from her own collection, to show how different heritage stitches are still used in fashion embroidery today.

Using beads

The NELE volunteers will now put the stitches they have learnt to good use in the first workshops with young refugees and asylum seekers at PRAXIS in Bethnal Green, East London.

Look out for more blog posts coming on those workshops soon!