Silk and Metal Thread Embroidery

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Teacher: Kay Stanis

The shimmer of gold and silver on fabric is the focus of this course. This is an in-depth study of the various techniques of silk and metal thread embroidery. Note: The image shows an example of the kind of work this course will prepare you for.

To suit the student’s needs, all the lessons may be taken or only a portion which would be grouped as sets of three; i.e., three, six, or nine. The three lessons would not have to be in any order, but Lessons 1 and 2 are required. If the student wishes to skip the first and second lessons, it is necessary to submit a worked sample of these techniques to determine proficiency.

Lesson 1. History, framing up, transferring design, and metal thread techniques.

Lesson 2. Silk embroidery techniques.

Lesson 3. Pattern couching, Italian shading, and couché rentré.

Lesson 4. Various metal threads.

Lesson 5. Linear and filling patterns including value and texture.

Lesson 6. Padding, laid work patterns, basketwork, and kid appliqué.

Lesson 7. Or nué.

Lesson 8. Shading Japanese gold to a figure.

Lesson 9. Paper due and final project.

Course information

Text: $50 for all 9 lessons
Time: 6 to 24 months
Prerequisites: None
Supplies (approximate): At least $5 per lesson but initial outlay will probably be more

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