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Workshop/Course, Mon 3 - Tue 4 Aug 2020


Royal School of Needlework


Apartment 12A Hampton Court Palace,
East Molesey,


This Back to Basics class you will give you an understanding of the principles of Shaded Blackwork.

This technique has evolved from the form that was popular during the reign of Henry VIII. The Tudors used blackwork as decoration for clothing and its repeat patterns were worked in double running stitch so that it appeared the same from the front and back.

At the RSN, Blackwork is taught as a way of creating an embroidered image which has dimension through shading.

During this two day class you will work a series of samples to help you understand the essentials of counting a blackwork pattern and shading created by the choice of thread. You will also interpret a design, giving you a chance to put these principles into practice. This class will be sample based and should help you with your own future projects.

Some previous embroidery experience would be helpful for this class, but is not essential. Beginners are welcome.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 3 - Tue 4 Aug 2020 10:00 to 16:00


£193.00*Price includes the cost of £28.00 for the required kit.



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