Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival · 4-17 July 2021

Alison Cole

Alison Cole

Australia

Alison has been teaching Goldwork and Stumpwork for over 20 years around Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America and in the UK for Lady Anne’s Needlework Retreats. She has studied in the UK, Italy, Spain and the USA, and toured Australia as a featured artist and worked as an artist in residence. She has judged, consulted and lectured for exhibitions and has won numerous awards for her embroidery, a gold medal for one of her books and three awards for her business including Best Arts Business.

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Alison is an Goldwork powerhouse. We are honoured to count her as one of our festival tutors.

Alison's Festival Workshops

Shakespeare's Rose & Pansy Decoration

5-6 July 2021

The Pansy Decoration is a faithful replica of a detail of an original 17th Century gentleman’s nightcap within the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Collection in Stratford-upon-Avon. In this class students will learn advanced Silk and Gold Work techniques featured on the original cap

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Class fee: £390
Kit: £95 (Festival price)

Kit Includes:
‘Elizabethan’ even-weave linen, De Vere silks, gold and silver passing thread, two gold-plated and two ‘silver’ needles, fully illustrated instructions, stitch chart.

Techniques: 
Elizabethan Gold Work and Silk Work

Equipment requirements:
6 inch bound embroidery hoop with clamp, Embroidery scissors, scissors for metal thread

Design size: 
9.5 x 8.7 cm (4 x 3 ½ in)

Linen size:
23 x 23 cm (9 x 9 in)

Elizabethan Treasure Box

8-9 July 2021

Elizabethan Treasure Box was inspired by a painting of a pomegranate in The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. In the spirit of its historic inspiration, the little box features a concealed drawer. Workshop is suitable for embroiderers with a little Gold Work experience.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All Levels

Class fee: £390
Kit: £90

Kit Includes:
Silk Dupion, Printed Thai Silk, Pellom, template plastic, English gilt and 2% gold metal threads, spangles, Au Ver a Soie Silk, Gutermann Polyester threads, soft cotton, needles, instructions and photographic illustration

Techniques: 
Gold Work

Equipment required:
6 inch hoop, mechanical pencil, white or yellow dressmaker’s carbon, stylus/spent ballpoint pen, beeswax, thimble, 60 degree set square, scissors for cutting metal threads, cutting pad, clamp

Box size:
6.5 x 10.5 x 5 cm (2 ½ x 5 x 3 in)

The Gentleman's Nightcap

11-13 July 2021

The Gentleman’s Nightcap is an exquisite advanced Silk and Gold Work Needlework design featuring traditional Elizabethan stitches and techniques. It is a faithful replica of an original 17th Century gentleman’s nightcap within the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust Collection (same design source as the Rose & Pansy Decoration above).

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level:
 Advanced

Class fee: £585
Kit: £295

Kit Includes:
Specially woven, historically-accurate ‘Elizabethan’ even-weave linen, final piece with design ready printed, plus printed practice linen, DeVere silks, gold and silver passing thread, 2 gold-plated and 2 ‘silver’ needles, illustrated instructions and stitch chart

Techniques: 
Elizabethan Gold Work and Silk Work

Equipment required: 
18 inch frame (students will need to prepare the frame with quilter’s muslin prior to the workshop and are welcome to contact Alison for further information), 2 pairs of 10 inch stretcher bars could also be used with thumb tacks (fabric will be applied in class in this case), embroidery scissors, scissors for metal thread

Design size:
18 x 14.5 cm (7 x 6 in) 

Linen size:
35 x 35 cm (14 x 14 in)

Tudor Border

15-16 July 2021

This gorgeous border design is worked in gilt and silver English metal threads and is highlighted with spangles and silk. A range of traditional Goldwork techniques will be covered, including padding with linen thread, couching, applying purl formally, hooping, applying plate and spangles. Some experience in Goldwork is recommended to take this class.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level:
 Intermediate/Advanced

Class fee: £390
Kit: £200

Kit Includes:
Velvet, Elizabethan Linen with design already printed on it, Devere Silk, Londonderry Linen Thread 80/3, Gilt #1 Twist, Gilt Smooth Passing Thread #6, Gilt Smooth Purl #10, Silver Bright Check Purl #10, Silver 11’s Plate, 2% FB (2.5mm) spangles, #8 crewel needle, #12 sharps needles, #18 chenille needle

Techniques: 
Elizabethan Goldwork

 

Equipment required: 
10 inch (25.5 cm) hoop, fine scissors for cutting metal threads, beeswax, tweezers, cutting pad, clamp

Design size:
23.5 x 4.5 cm (9 ¼ x 1 ¾ inch)

Linen size:
40 x 40 cm (15 ¾ x 15 ¾ in)