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Toronto
Canada

(416) 523-1625

Handmade, modern and historical metal and leatherwork. 

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Embroidery

Embroidery is an ancient technique used for decorating clothing and textiles. It is an amazing way to add colour and character to clothing, or it can be an art form all by itself, for framing and display.  Embroidery was used commonly from the medieval period through to the early 19th century, and was done by individuals in the household and by professionals in the embroidery guilds. It can be made to include pearls, beads, precious metal threads and all the colours of the rainbow, using wool, cotton and silk threads. 

This beginner seminar will teach the basics of embroidery, and is appropriate for complete beginners. All materials will be provided, and covered by the seminar fees. Participants can expect to learn a number of basic stitches and then will be able to work on a project of their choice.  Inspirational material will be provided but feel free to bring any images you think you might want to use in your design. Participants may  bring an article of clothing they wish to decorate. Keep in mind that embroidery does not work well on stretchy fabrics. If there is a piece of fabric you would particularly like to use as your background feel free to bring it as well.

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Embroidery for Beginners

Location: Woodbine and Danforth ( contact for precise location)

Date:  May 2nd/ June 8th

Time: 12 - 5

Fee: $80

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 Embroidered mandala by Aurora Simmons with silk and crewel wool.

Embroidered mandala by Aurora Simmons with silk and crewel wool.

 An shot of a reproduction 18th century embroidered pocket, by Aurora Simmons. Crewel wool on linen.

An shot of a reproduction 18th century embroidered pocket, by Aurora Simmons. Crewel wool on linen.


 Embroidering away on April 20th 

Embroidering away on April 20th 

 Original 18th century gown embellished with embroidery.

Original 18th century gown embellished with embroidery.

 Decoration on a medieval reproduction gown.

Decoration on a medieval reproduction gown.