2022 International Teacher Tour

Jane Nicholas

Jane is available to teach groups of up to 24 students on September 1 to September 22. If you are interested in having her teach your chapter during these days, follow the instructions on the 2022 International Teacher Tour page.

Jane Nicholas has been researching and working in the field of embroidery for nearly thirty years. Specialising in stumpwork and goldwork embroidery, she has written nine books and has contributed widely to journals and magazines on the subject. In 1999 Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further her studies in stumpwork in the United Kingdom and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for her “services to hand embroidery as an artist, teacher and author”. She teaches widely in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A. and continues to research and develop new techniques – particularly in stumpwork embroidery. A separate, but often related, area of her work is as a maker of artist books and boxes.

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  • California Poppy and Bumble-Bee – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small circular design, worked on a background of ivory satin, features a bright yellow California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, with wired detached petals, a tightly-curled raised flower bud, a padded seed case, and leaves in surface embroidery, and an Early Bumble-Bee, with detached gauzy wings and red-tipped abdomen worked in Turkey knots. The finished embroidery may be framed or inserted into the lid of a box.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 2¼ in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$40.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, all required silk, rayon, cotton and metallic threads, beads and coloured wires)
    Student Supplies: Basic sewing equipment from the supplied list. As the work is quite fine, a magnifier may be helpful. A power board and extension cord may be needed if students bring magnifying lamps. Three 4” embroidery hoops. Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 11 or 12 Tapestry 28 or 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils for notes.

  • Shakespeare’s Flowers: Sampler One: Sweet Briar, Grapevine, Heartsease and Strawberries – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel is the first in a series inspired by the painted border of a letter written in 1598 – the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. Embroidered on ivory silk satin with silk threads, this design features the Sweet Briar, Rosa rubiginosa, with detached petals and needle-woven sepals, Grapevine and grapes, Vitis vinifera, the grapes worked with glass beads, Heartsease, Viola tricolor, with detached wired petals, and Strawberries, Fragaria vesca, padded and covered with trellis stitch. The panel is outlined with a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needlelace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Cost of Kit: US$82.00 (includes postage to US)
    Design Size: 3 in x 7 in
    Kit Contents: Design outline and instructions, Photograph, silk satin, quilter’s muslin, felt, fusible web, Soie d’Alger silk threads, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads and wire.
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, Two 4″ (or 5″) embroidery Hoops Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screwdriver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9, Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers to shape wire, eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, small roll of ½” Scotch Removable Magic Tape (translucent), notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), A few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Shakespeare’s Flowers: Sampler Two: Rose, Cornflower, Borage & Redcurrants – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel is the second in a series inspired by the painted border of a letter written in 1598 – the time of Shakespeare. Embroidered on ivory silk satin with silk threads, this design features the Rose, Rosa gallica, with raised petals worked in detached buttonhole stitch, a Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus, with petals worked in needle-weaving, Borage, Borago officinalis, with embroidered detached petals and anther, and Redcurrants, Ribes rubrum, the currants worked with wrapped beads. The panel is outlined with a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needlelace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 3 in x 7 in
    Cost of Kit: US$85.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Design outline and instructions, photograph, silk satin, quilter’s muslin, felt, fusible web, Soie d’Alger silk threads, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads and wire)
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, two 4″ (or 5″) embroidery hoops, Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10 Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9, Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers to shape wire, eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, small roll of ½” Scotch Removable Magic Tape (translucent), notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Shakespeare’s Flowers: Sampler Three: Gillyflower, Periwinkle, Plums and Barberries – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel is the third in a series inspired by the painted border of a letter written in 1598 – the time of Shakespeare. Embroidered on ivory silk satin with silk threads, this design features the Gillyflower, Dianthus caryophyllus, with petals worked in Turkey knots and a padded base covered with detached buttonhole stitch, a Periwinkle, Vinca minor, with detached wired petals, Plums, Prunus domestica, embroidered and appliquéd, and Barberries, Berberis vulgaris, worked in padded satin stitch. The panel is outlined with a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needlelace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 3 in x 7 in
    Cost of Kit: US$70.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Includes design outline and instructions, photograph, silk satin, quilter’s muslin, felt, fusible web, all required silk, rayon and cotton threads – including six whole skeins of Soie d’Alger silks, beads and coloured wire
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, two 4″ (or 5″) embroidery hoops Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10 Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9, Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 26 Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers to shape wire, eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots)Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, small roll of ½” Scotch Removable Magic Tape (translucent), notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Garland Berries and Ladybug – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small circular panel employs a wide range of stumpwork techniques. Embroidered on a background of ivory satin, the design features a garland of ripe autumn fruits – strawberries, gooseberries, figs, golden raspberries, red currants and beaded boysenberries, and a tiny ladybug with detached wings. The finished project may be framed or mounted into the lid of a box and also may be personalised by the addition of an embroidered initial or date.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needle-lace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 4 in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$68.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, felt and stuffing, silk and metallic threads, beads and coloured wire)

    * Required DMC Stranded Cottons (substitutes may be used) – these threads are not supplied in the kit as you may already have them in your collection:

    • Vine – 469 (medium green), 937 (dark green)
    • Gooseberries – 3819 (pale green)
    • Ladybird – 900 or 817 (red), 310 (black)
    • Figs – 433 (medium brown)
    • Strawberries – 817 (red)
    • Golden Raspberries – 3854 (medium gold), 3855 (light gold)

    All other threads are supplied in the kit.

    Student Supplies: 6 in embroidery hoop, Three 4 in or 5 in embroidery hoops Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver.
    Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9 Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 24 or 26, Chenille Needles 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, Notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Garland of Spring Flowers – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork garland was inspired by spring garden flowers. Worked on a background of ivory satin, the design features the heartsease (Viola tricolor) with detached petals, raised snowdrops (Galanthus) with wrapped stems and beaded calyx, padded and embroidered daisies (Bellis perennis), small beaded forget-me-nots (Myosotis) and tiny bees.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, beadwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Intermediate
    Design Size: 4 in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$45.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, felt, beads, wires and all required silk, cotton and metallic threads)
    Student Supplies: 6″ embroidery hoop, two 4″ embroidery hoops – good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver, Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, Needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Corncockle and Dragonfly – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel was inspired by an illuminated page of a medieval manuscript. Worked on ivory satin, this design features the Corncockle, Agrostemma githago, a summer-flowering wild flower, with detached reddish-purple petals and long leafy sepals worked with wire and needle weaving. The panel also contains a broad-bodied dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, with detached gauzy wings and a padded leather abdomen, a shiny blue beetle and a tiny red ladybird, both with raised detached wings. The botanical name may be embroidered at the base of this specimen.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 3″ x 7″
    Cost of Kit: US$65.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, Soie d’Alger silk threads, unusual rayon, silk and metallic threads, beads, leather and coloured wires).
    Student Supplies: 10 ” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, 5″ or 6″ embroidery hoop, three 4” embroidery hoops- good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver, Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 12 or 11, Tapestry 28 or 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, rulers – 6 in and 12 in, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), small container for beads, magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Persian Peony Tile – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small exotic panel was inspired by a 16th century Persian enamelled wall-tile. Combining stumpwork, goldwork, and surface embroidery, this ogival panel is embroidered on an ivory silk background with silks, gold metallic threads, beads and tiny gold spangles. The design features a stylised peony flower, peony buds with detached petals, feathery knapweed, and beaded blossoms. The panel is enclosed by an ornate scalloped border worked in gold metallic threads and beads. It may be framed or made into a box top or book cover.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, goldwork, beadwork and surface embroidery
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 6 in x 4½ in
    Cost of Kit: US$85.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory silk dupion, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, Soie d’Alger silk threads, all required metal threads, beads, spangles and coloured wire).
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, 4” embroidery hoop- good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver.
    Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10,
    Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 12 or 11, Tapestry 28, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18 thimble, Beeswax, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), small, sharp scissors for cutting metal thread, metal nailfile or mellor (to manipulate metal thread – optional), small, sharp scissors for cutting metal thread, Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, rulers – 12″ and 6″ (clear plastic is good), masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Turkish Tulip Tile – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small exotic panel was inspired by a 16th century Turkish enamelled wall-tile. Combining stumpwork, goldwork, and surface embroidery, this ogival tile is worked on an ivory silk background with silks, gold metallic threads, beads and tiny gold spangles. The design features red tulips with detached petals, blue carnations, and beaded prunus blossoms. The panel is enclosed by an ornate border worked in gold metallic threads and beads. It may be framed or made into a box top or book cover.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, goldwork, beadwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size : 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 5″ x 7″
    Cost of Kit: US$85.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory silk, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, Soie d’Alger silk threads, all required metal threads, beads, spangles and coloured wire.
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, two 4” embroidery hoops- Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, Needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 12 or 11, Tapestry 28 , Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18 thimble, Beeswax, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), small, sharp scissors for cutting metal thread, metal nailfile (small with metal handle) or mellor (to manipulate metal thread), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6 in or 12 in (clear plastic is good), masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes)
    magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a
    magnifying lamp.

  • Berries and Soldier-fly – 1 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    Embroidered on ivory satin, this circular design contains many stumpwork techniques: raised blackberries (in various stages of ripeness), beaded currants, a detached leaf and a tiny soldier-fly with metallic wings. The finished piece may be framed or made into a brooch/pin.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: One-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 2 ¼ in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$35.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: design outline and instructions, photograph, ivory satin, quilter’s muslin, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads and wires
    Student Supplies: three 4 in embroidery hoops, Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. Needles: Crewel/Embroidery sizes 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners sizes 3 – 9, Tapestry size 26 Chenille size 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Knapweed Roundel – 1 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    The knapweed blossoms decorating this small roundel have been embroidered in the colours found on an 18th century enamelled gold vessel from Mughal India. Embroidered on ivory satin, with silks, gold metallic threads, beads and tiny spangles, this circular design features feathery knapweed with padded bases, set within an elegant quatrefoil-shaped border worked in metallic threads. The roundel may be framed or mounted into the lid of a bowl or box.

    Embroidery Techniques: Goldwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: 1-day
    Maximum Class Size: 25
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 2 ¼ in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$35.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: design outline and instructions, photograph, ivory satin, quilter’s muslin, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads, metallic thread and spangles
    Student Supplies: 4 in or 5 in embroidery hoop- good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, needles: Crewel/Embroidery size 10, Straw/Milliners size 9, Sharps size 12, Chenille size 18, Thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.