Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery with Kay Stanis

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Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery

An in-depth study of the techniques of metal thread embroidery

Our Individual Correspondence Course Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery is an in-depth study of the techniques of metal thread embroidery that will introduce the student to the shimmer of real gold and silver on fabric. From actual samples of the metal threads discussed to the proper methods of framing up the foundation fabric, the world of metal thread embroidery will be explored. Although this technique is often regarded as difficult, the student will learn that this needlework is not only a challenge but also a delight. Note: The image shows an example of the kind of work this course will prepare you for.

More about Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery

  • Class Details

    Time: Six months
    Class fee: $110
    $20 Hard Copy + Shipping
    Skill Level: Basic
    None. Knowledge of some surface embroidery technique is helpful.
    Supplies (approximate): $70 at the student’s discretion
    Format: Written instructions, communication through email.
    ICC Pin Thread Color: DMC #301

  • Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery Lessons

    Lesson 1. Metal thread description, samples, and brief history; annotated bibliography; framing up; transferring the design; couching Japanese gold and silver; vermicelli, one pair, turning corners, narrow points, successive rows, in pairs, pair and a half, filling regular, irregular, and contoured shapes including circles, in conjunction with surface embroidery stitches; technique questions and applications
    Lesson 2. Pattern couching and metal threads: passing thread; doubles #1 gold; crinkle; twist; cord; braid; jaceron (coiled, uncoiled, beads), smooth, rough, crimpled, and check; plate; texture and value; filling patterns; surface embroidery combined with purls, burden stitch; technique questions and applications
    Lesson 3. Padding with cotton, string, felt, and card; laid work patterns; basketwork; kid appliqué; technique questions and applications

  • About teacher Kay Stanis

    Kay Stanis is an internationally known fiber artist, designer, Master Craftsman, and Certified and Graduate Certified Teacher of EGA and Kurenai Kai Traditional Japanese Embroidery.  She has been on the faculties of American Needlepoint Guild national seminars, Callaway School of Needlearts, Embroiderers Association of Canada, EGA national and regional seminars, Koala Conventions, South Australia Embroidery Conference, Embroidery 2000 (New Zealand), and many independent groups.

  • See what students are saying...

    “I found the introduction to metal thread embroidery to be very informative and I learned a lot of new techniques. The teacher, Kay Stanis, was quick to respond, and supportive of my efforts. I found the class to be exciting and well worth the investment.” – Tanya Sanders, Member At-Large

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    Note: Please read the Student Responsibilities on the ICC page before enrolling. The timeline for course completion begins when you register. There are no refunds for course or text fees so make your selection carefully.