A few of you may know that my life has changed enormously since March, not all by choice. In a nutshell, I have stopped teaching in school. To say this was a shift is an understatement and it hasn’t been without difficulty. If you’re really interested in why and how and all the details, check out my website Not One More Thing.
What this means for you, as a loyal reader, is that I will be able to share the things in my life that are new and exciting. And having things to do that are new and exciting is JUST what I need!
Firstly, I am embarking on the City and Guilds Level 2 Design and Stitched Textiles Course. I applied for and was accepted into the course run by Stitchbusiness in Durham, UK. The course is taught by Tracy A. Franklin and Julia Triston.
When the email arrived accepting me into the course, I felt just like a school girl again – I’d done well and made it through!
Many thanks for your application form and images via email for a place on the Level 2 Certificate in Stitched Textiles.
Tracy and I have looked through your application form and are impressed by your work – stunning images!
We would very much like to offer you a place on the above course to commence in September 2016. If you would like to accept our offer, please do so by email.
Then the next stage is for us to send you some paperwork to complete and return to us. We shall also send an invoice to you which will include the application fee.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Here is an overview of the course taken from their website, Stitchbusiness.
This course is taught over three terms and is ideal for those with some basic experience of working with embroidery and textiles, offering a good foundation of skill level.
For the Design Unit you will complete the following:
- practical exercises on Colour
- exploratory exercises of Line and Mark-making techniques
- investigations into the relationships between Shape and Form
- experiments on Surface Texture
you will present these exercises, experiments, drawings and your findings in a sketchbook
For the Embroidery Unit you will complete the following:
- a portfolio of traditional and contemporary stitch samples, experiments and techniques
- a set of 10 resolved samples developed from the design unit
- a completed item of embroidery using innovative techniques, also developed from the design units
- a completed item of embroidery to show only hand embroidery techniques
Throughout the course you are expected to show use of a wide variety of threads and fabrics, experiment with a range of traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques and demonstrate different methods of presentation and finishing.
I’ve long wanted to learn more about design – colour, line, shape, form and texture – and this is the perfect opportunity to do so. The course can be taken as a long distance learner – which I certainly am, living in Berlin, Germany! I know Tracy and admire her enormously as an embroiderer , teacher and author. Julia I know through her books and her website.
I took an online course from Dionne Swift in the spring entitled Developing Sketchbooks and loved it. This prompted me to have the courage to apply for a course that would involve doing more “art” in addition to my embroidery.
Additionally, I’ll be traveling to London for two days in November to see the Opus Anglicanum exhibition at the V&A, to take a course with Sarah Homfray on the techniques of Opus Anglicanum and to hear a lecture entitled “English Medieval Embroidery Unpicked” given by Glyn Davies, the exhibition curator. You will get a full report – probably two – on what I see and learn.
In late October we’re going to Normandy and Paris so I’ll be writing about the Bayeux Tapestry – again for those of you who’ve been reading The Unbroken Thread for a long time.
I hope to visit Au Ver a Soie while we’re in Paris and/or Masion Sajou while we’re in Versailles but am still checking out if that’s even possible! Anyone with information, please let me know! I’m sure there will be other embroidery things in France I’ll see and write about but they are as yet to be discovered!
Lastly, I’ll finish the Trevelyon’s Gold Cap and the Pineapple Crewelwork piece and already have in my head an idea using a completely different design from Thomas Trevelyon to make a different miniature item.
So that’s what’s coming up on The Unbroken Thread…maybe I won’t miss teaching as much as I thought I might.