Regional Summer School 2013

The Summer School for 2013 was held at West Dean College, West Sussex

Friday 31st May to Sunday June 2nd June 2013

Tutors: Kay Dennis and Christine Chester

‘Combining Paper With Cloth and Stitch’ with Christine Chester
Paper can add unique qualities to embroidered textiles, but also has its own particular handling issues. This course will introduce you to the excitement and versatility of using your own printed and mark making imagery on om papers whilst overcoming some of the potential difficulties of using paper with fabric and stitch.
Using a variety of cheap and easily available papers you will learn two different ways of laminating papers to fabric to produce interesting smooth and textured surfaces to stitch on. As embroiderers, you will want to take these fabrics forward into your work and the final stages of the course will introduce you to some choices in the ways of working with these mixed media fabrics using both hand and machine stitching.

‘Stumpwork Inspired by The Gardens at West Dean’ with Kay Dennis
The gardens at West Dean are renowned for a pretty little summer house, a pergola, a totem pole and beautiful walled gardens. This course is designed to introduce beginners to the delights of stumpwork embroidery whilst those with more experience can use their knowledge to create a more individual embroidery.
You will use the gardens as inspiration to make a flower sampler, your own walled garden, climbers surrounding a pergola pole, a potager with fruit and vegetables or a single flower to use as a corsage.

Below are some pictures taken during the course