2023 International Teacher Tour

Alison Cole

Alison ColeAlison is from a rural area just outside of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Alison has studied in the UK, Italy, Spain and the USA, toured Australia as a featured artist and worked as artist in residence. She has judged, consulted and lectured for exhibitions. She has won numerous awards for her embroidery, a gold medal for one of her books and three awards for her business including Best Arts Business.

Alison has written for many magazines both in Australia and abroad, has her work represented in three books and has self-published five books with another in progress. Alison has been an active member of The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, holding numerous positions at branch and state level and exhibits regularly. A specialist embroidery tutor, her embroidery is renowned worldwide.

Alison is available to teach groups of up to 24 students starting August 19, 2023. If you are interested in having her teach your chapter during these days, follow the instructions on the 2023 International Teacher Tour page.

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  • Berry Garden – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Berry Garden is worked using a variety of silk threads, gilt metal threads and beads on a background of olive-green silk dupion. Featuring a Strawberry and flower, raspberry, and red currants along with some little bug friends. This little project is especially great for beginners due to its size.

    Embroidery Technique: Stumpwork and Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels
    Design size: 6cm x 7cm
    Kit cost: $70.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Olive Silk Dupion, Quilter’s Muslin, Wool felt, gold kid leather, brass mesh, Gutermann Polyester thread, Au Ver a Soie silk, Cascade silk, Colour streams silk, English Gilt Metal threads, Mill Hill beads, wires, needles, instructions, and photo.
    Student Supplies: 2 x 6” hoops, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Rouge d’Or – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Rouge d’Or is a Jacobean styled design worked in gold and sumptuous red Au Ver a Soie silks. The piece features trellis work, burden stitch, ‘s’ing through spangles, the use of tinted paua shell, along with applying kid leather and purl work

    Embroidery Technique: Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels (best suited to intermediate and above but beginners are welcome)
    Design size: 11cm x 15cm
    Kit cost: $105.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Black de-lustered satin, Calico, Wool felt, Gutermann Polyester thread, Au Ver a Soie silk, English Gilt metal threads, paua laminate, spangles, needles, instructions, and photo.
    Student Supplies: 10” hoop, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, 60-degree small clear plastic set square, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Floral Spiral Ornament – 1 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    A holiday ornament, Floral Spiral is a fully three-dimensional ornament made from six panels – three of which are embroidered in Goldwork embroidery and embellished with garnets.

    The flowers are padded with felt and the design uses English gilt metal threads to create the design on silk dupion. The ornament is finished with gilt Grecian and while students will not finish in class, finishing up will be covered and instructions supplied.

    Embroidery Technique: Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: One Day (minimum 5 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels
    Design size: embroidered area is around 9cm on each panel
    Kit cost: $55.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Silk dupion, Quilter’s Muslin, Wool felt, Pellom, Template plastic, Gutermann Polyester thread, English Gilt metal threads, garnets, spangles, needles, instructions and photo.
    Student Supplies: 8” hoop, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Golden Bee – 1 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Golden Bee is worked on a background of de-lustered satin. It is embroidered using a range of English gilt and coloured metal threads including pearl purl, twist, rough purl and bright check purl as well as gold kid leather. It uses felt padding, brick stitch and chipping as the main techniques. This is a great project for beginners to Goldwork embroidery.

    Embroidery Technique: Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: One Day (minimum 5 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels
    Design size: 5.5cm x 9.5cm
    Kit cost: $50.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Black de-lustered satin, Calico, Wool felt, gold kid leather, Gutermann Polyester thread, English Gilt and coloured metal threads, needles, instructions and photo.
    Student Supplies: 6” hoop, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Roses and Old Lace – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Roses and Old Lace features wild roses worked in Stumpwork and Goldwork techniques on a background of black de-lustered satin. A piece of Antique metal lace that I purchased in Paris runs through the background of the design which is worked in Au Ver a Soie silks and English Gilt Metal threads.

    Embroidery Technique: Stumpwork and Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels (best suited to intermediate and above but beginners are welcome)
    Design size: 15cm x 15cm
    Kit Cost: $100.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Black de-lustered Satin, Quilter’s Muslin, Wool Felt, gold kid leather, Antique metal lace, Gutermann Polyester thread, Au Ver a Soie silk, English Gilt Metal threads, Mill Hill seed beads, wires, needles, instructions, and photo.
    Student Supplies: 2 x 6” hoops, 10” hoop, White Dressmaker’s Carbon
    Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Cleo Butterfly – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Cleo (short for Cleopatra) is the latest butterfly in our butterfly house of designs! Inspired by the art deco period and the craze for all things Egyptian at the time, she has stylized lotus shapes hiding in her wings. She is embroidered in gold and jewel green tones on strawberry silk dupion and uses a range of materials including English gilt metal threads, English coloured couching threads, Indian sadi threads, Au Ver a Soie silks, beads, a pearl and beetle wings to give that extra flash of green!

    Embroidery Technique: Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels (best suited to intermediate and above but beginners are welcome)
    Design size: 12.5cm x 8.5cm
    Kit Cost: $120.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Strawberry Silk Dupion, Calico, Wool felt, Gutermann Polyester thread, Au Ver a Soie silk, English Gilt and coloured metal threads, Indian Sadi metal threads, beads, freshwater pearl, beetle wings, needles, instructions and photo.
    Student Supplies: 8” hoop, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Fine black Pigma pen, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Lavender Sparkle Butterfly – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Lavender Sparkle Butterfly is worked over felt and soft cotton padding in English gilt purls and coloured Indian sadi threads along with long and short stitch
    in Colour streams silk, coloured couching threads, kid leather and crystal montees. It is quite suitable for beginners to Goldwork.

    Embroidery Technique: Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels
    Design size: 10cm x 8.5cm
    Kit cost: $70.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Black de-lustered satin, Calico, Wool felt, gold kid leather, Gutermann Polyester thread, Colour streams silk, English gilt and coloured metal threads, Indian sadi thread, crystal montees, Mill Hill seed beads, needles, instructions and photo.
    Student Supplies: 6” hoop, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, White gel pen or fine black Pigma pen, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Toadstools – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Three varieties of toadstools are sitting in a grassy patch being visited by a dragonfly. This piece was inspired by a roadside stop for lunch while en route to Paris – we stopped for a picnic and discovered a magical fairyland of assorted toadstools growing with wild strawberries and ivy. Worked in traditional Goldwork embroidery and some mixed media techniques manipulating fabrics, this piece is almost 2.5cm in relief and uses English gilt metal threads and coloured Sadi threads along with beads and organza fabrics to create this whimsical design. This is a fabulous workshop using a wide range of techniques to create the design making it suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced embroiderers. Some of the techniques covered are padding with felt and soft cotton, laid purl, collars of purl, brick stitch, chipping, applying kid leather and many other fun applications and variations.

    Embroidery Technique: Goldwork and Mixed Media Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels
    Design size: 19cm x 10cm
    Kit cost: $120.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Black de-lustered satin, Silk dupion, Calico, Wool felt, poly organza, metallic organza, kid leather, Soft cotton, Gutermann Polyester thread, English gilt metal threads, Indian sadi thread, Swarovski pearls, Seed pearls, needles, stuffing fork, instructions and photo.
    Student Supplies: 4” and 10” hoops, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, White gel pen, Tealight candle (or similar small self-supporting candle), Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Childhood Memories – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Childhood Memories is inspired by the poem ‘The Triantiwontigongolope’ by Australian Poet CJ Dennis (1876-1938). It was one of my favorites when we were studying poetry in primary school – my other favorite was ‘The Ant Explorer’ – also by CJ Dennis. If you haven’t heard of this poem before, it is about a fantastical insect which at the end of the poem, the author confesses isn’t real – but it might be ‘If the trees and grass were purple, and the sky was bottle green’ – hence my colour choices for the design.
    This piece is embroidered in Stumpwork and Goldwork techniques along with a few materials and techniques that I use in textile art pieces. The elytra are worked detached with an Or Nue style filling while the organza flight wings have cornelli couching on them. The embroidery uses three wiring and two padding techniques and is worked in a range of silk threads and English gilt and coloured metal threads on a background of silk dupion and mulberry bark.

    Embroidery Technique: Stumpwork and Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels (best suited to intermediate and above but beginners are welcome)
    Design size: 15cm x 15cm
    Kit cost: $140.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Silk Dupion, Calico, Quilter’s Muslin, Organza, Mulberry Bark, , Wool Felt, Gutermann Polyester thread, Au Ver a Soie silk, Cascade House and Colour Streams silks, Silk Wrapped Pearl Purl, Swarovski Crystals, Glass Eyes, English Gilt and Coloured Metal threads, Wires, Needles, Instructions and Photo.
    Requirements: 4”, 6’ and 10” hoops, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Coloured pencils: blue and pink, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended

  • Woodland Stitchery – 2 Day Class

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)

    Woodland Stitchery is the name of our property – this project is not available to purchase through my website and is a project that I have kept purely for my studio retreat workshops. It was taught at EGA Seminar 2021 by Kay Stanis as sadly, I wasn’t able to travel.

    The piece features a range of traditional Goldwork techniques such as padding with felt and soft cotton, applying kid, couching in brick stitch and laying purl. It also has long and short stitch, 60 degree trellis and an unusual way of creating the blooms.

    Embroidery Technique: Goldwork Techniques
    Length of Class: Two Day (minimum 10 hours total)
    Skill Required: Suitable for embroiderers of all skill levels (best suited to intermediate and above but beginners are welcome)
    Design size: 9cm x 10.5cm
    Kit cost: $70.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Includes: Hand dyed silk habutai, Calico, Wool felt, gold kid leather, Soft cotton, Gutermann Polyester thread, Au Ver a Soie silk, English Gilt metal threads, Indian sadi thread, needles, instructions and photo.
    Student Supplies: 7” hoop, White Dressmaker’s Carbon, Mechanical Pencil, Stylus or Spent ballpoint pen, Beeswax, 60-degree small clear plastic set square, Fine embroidery scissors, Scissors for cutting wires and metal threads, Cutting Pad and Clamp – optional but recommended