image for Workshop/Course item typeTudor Blackwork: ‘Sweete Bag' at Royal School of Needlework

Workshop/Course, Sat 20 - Sun 21 Jun 2020


Royal School of Needlework


Apartment 12A Hampton Court Palace,
East Molesey,


A two-day course exploring the use of Blackwork in Tudor costume and portraiture. Drawing inspiration from a Holbein portrait of Jane Seymour and a gentleman’s Blackwork cap in the Victoria and Albert Museum, this class teaches students to embroider and make up their own Tudor Sweete Bag. They will learn how to work a double-sided Holbein stitch border as well as a typically Elizabethan design of plants and flowers contained within rings or ‘rinceaux’ in a combination of black and gold threads and spangles.
On the second afternoon students will be given a full, practical demonstration of how to make up their embroidery into a sweete bag using a French seam and a hem stitched edge. This class is suitable for students of an intermediate level, who already have some experience of surface embroidery and counted thread techniques. Stitches covered include: Holbein, Hemstitch, eyelets, stem stitch, chain and seeding to create tonal shading.

The class kit will include everything you require to complete the project. You may like to bring your own embroidery scissors and you will be able to borrow ring frames, magnifiers and lights (if needed) on the day.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 - Sun 21 Jun 2020 10:00 to 16:00


£205.00*Price includes the cost of £40.00 for the required kit.



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