Embroidery is an ancient, diverse and important tradition for the decoration of garments and items around the home and public buildings. There are many forms of embroidery, literally hundreds, from the chain stitch examples found in the tomb of Tutankhamun (died c. 1323 BC) to the double sided embroideries of Han China, which are still being produced.
The aim of this interactive, one-day programme is for the participants to understand the basics of the main techniques, and to look and study the various tools and materials used during the process of making a piece of embroidery. Throughout the one-day course, examples from the TRC’s extensive collection of embroideries from around the world will be examined to see how men and women over the centuries have made and used this decorative form of needlework.
The course will be given by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, a specialist in the field of embroidery history and author of the series Encyclopedia of Embroidery from ..... (London: Bloomsbury 2016ff.). If you have a particular piece of embroidery you would like help in identifying, then you are welcome to bring it with you to the workshop.