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2017 Classes

Jane teaches many classes and workshops, both in Australia and overseas.  Brief details are outlined below: please use the contact details provided to make booking enquiries.

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March 2017

Jane Nicholas Embroidery, Bowral

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www.janenicholas.com
Uniting Church Hall, 28 Bendooley St, Bowral NSW Australia
02 4861 1175
admin@janenicholas.com

The Handmade Book: Class One [2017]

Mar 4, Apr 1 (2-part course)
9.30am - 4pm

Making books by hand is great fun and very creative - the options for covers, pages and bindings are numerous. Over two days we will explore some of the possibilities of longstitch binding - one of the simplest and most versatile bindings (longstitch is a form of running and double running stitch). Longstitch binding can be used to construct a variety of books, including notebooks, travel journals, photo albums, scrap books, ideas diaries, stitch or embroidery sample books, and even a needle book. In Class One we will make a small notebook, to learn basic book making techniques, then commence work on an Ideas or Travel Diary, using a variety of papers for the pages, and a Photograph Album with a beaded spine. This album has spacers between the pages to allow for the addition of photographs or embroidery samples. As there may not be time to complete both books in class, information will be provided to finish them at your leisure. While some materials will be supplied, this class gives you the opportunity to use the papers of your choice to create your own unique books.

All welcome.


May 2017

Green Japanese Ginger Plant Class [2017]

May 6, Jun 3, Jun 17 (3-part course)
10am - 12.30pm

This goldwork panel was inspired by a Japanese family crest featuring a stylised ginger plant motif. Using traditional goldwork techniques, and a variety of silk and metallic threads and green kid leather, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk or satin or the fabric of your choice. I used a small square of vintage kimono silk. The finished panel may be framed, mounted into the lid of a box, or made into a brooch.

This class is suitable for all.

Japanese Plum Blossom Class [2017]

May 6, Jun 3, Jun 17 (3-part course)
1.30pm - 4pm

This goldwork cherry blossom was inspired by a Japanese family crest, known as a mon. Using traditional goldwork techniques and a variety of gold and silk threads, gold kid and beads, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk or satin or the fabric of your choice. I used a scrap of old kimono silk. The finished panel may be framed, mounted into the lid of a box, or made into a brooch.

This class is suitable for all.

The Toronto Guild of Stitchery

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Toronto Canada

pia.kallasharvey@gmail.com

Syrian Pomegranate Tile Class [2017]

May 9, May 10 (2-part course)

This small exotic panel was inspired by a 17th century Syrian enamelled wall-tile. Combining stumpwork, goldwork, surface embroidery and beading techniques, this circular panel is worked on an ivory silk background with silks, gold metallic threads, beads and tiny gold spangles. The design features a stylized pomegranate flower, worked in silks, gold kid and gilt purl, purple iris and pear flowers with detached petals, and beaded prunus blossoms. The panel is enclosed by an ornate scalloped border worked in a variety of gold metallic threads and beads. It may be framed or made into a box top.

 

Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild Guelph

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Guelph Canada

the.jacksons1@sympatico.ca

Japanese Plum Blossom Class [2017]

May 12, May 13 (2-part course)

This goldwork plum blossom was inspired by a Japanese family crest, known as a mon. Using traditional goldwork techniques with a variety of gold metallic threads and beads, and stranded cotton thread in several shades of pink (or the colour of your choice), this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk, satin or a small square of vintage kimono silk, or the fabric of your choice. The finished panel may be framed, mounted into the lid of a box, or made into a brooch.

 

EAC Seminar 2017 - St. John’s, Newfoundland

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St John's, Newfoundland Canada

arowla@gmail.com

Snowdrops and Cranefly Class [2017]

May 17, May 18 (2-part course)

This small stumpwork panel was inspired by the illuminated pages of medieval manuscripts. Embroidered on a background of ivory satin, this design features the Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, a winter-flowering bulb, with detached flower petals and wrapped-wire stems. Nestled amongst the foliage are a Black-and-yellow Cranefly, Nephrotoma maculosa, with gauzy detached wings and extraordinarily long legs, and a Scarlet Tiger Moth, Callimorpha dominula, with silk embroidered raised wings. The panel is enclosed by an ornate border, worked in silk ribbon, gold thread and beads.

 

Knapweed Roundel Class [2017]

May 19

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.

 

Slate Japanese Butterfly Class [2017]

May 20, May 21 (2-part course)

This goldwork butterfly was inspired by a Japanese family crest, known as a mon. Using traditional goldwork techniques and a variety of gold and silk threads, gold kid and beads, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk or satin or the fabric of your choice. I used a scrap of vintage kimono silk. The finished panel may be framed, mounted into the lid of a box or made into a brooch.

 


June 2017

Embroiders' Guild

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Auckland NZ

diane@diginet.co.nz

Heartsease Panel

Jun 19

Embroidered on a background of ivory satin with silk and cotton threads, this small stumpwork panel features the Heartsease, Viola tricolor: the petals are wired and detached, the stems and leaves are worked with surface embroidery. The finished embroidery may be framed, made into a box top, or used as a cover for a needlecase.

 

Orange Japanese Chrysanthemum

Jun 20, Jun 21 (2-part course)

This goldwork chrysanthemum was inspired by a Japanese family crest, known as a mon. Using traditional goldwork techniques with a variety of gold metallic threads, and silks in several shades of rich orange, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk, satin or kimono silk, or the fabric of your choice. The finished panel may be framed, mounted into the lid of a box, or made into a brooch.

 

The Handmade Book – Fabric-covered Journal with a Leather Spine

Jun 23, Jun 24 (2-part course)

Over two days we will explore some of the possibilities of long-stitch binding - one of the simplest and most versatile bindings (long-stitch is a form of running and double running stitch). In this class, we will make a small notebook, to learn the basic book-making technique, then commence work on a Fabric-covered Journal with a Leather Spine. While some materials will be supplied, this class gives you the opportunity to use the papers of your choice to create your own unique books.

 

Sweet Briar Panel

Jun 25

Embroidered on a background of ivory satin with silk threads, this small stumpwork panel features the Sweet Briar, Rosa rugbinosa: the petals are wired and detached, the sepals are worked in needle-weaving and the stems and leaves with surface embroidery. The panel is outlined with fine red lines worked in back stitch. The finished embroidery may be framed, made into a box top, or used as a cover for a needlecase.

 


July 2017

Embroidery Den, Melbourne

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Australia

infoembroideryden@gmail.com

Japanese Iris and Mayfly Class [2017]

Jul 24, Jul 27 (2-part course)

This stumpwork panel was inspired by a Japanese family crest featuring a stylised iris plant motif. Using traditional stumpwork and surface embroidery techniques, and a variety of silk threads, organza and beads, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on ivory silk, satin, or vintage kimono silk, or the fabric of your choice. The finished panel may be framed or mounted into the lid of a box.

 

Copper Japanese Butterfly Class [2017]

Jul 25, Jul 28 (2-part course)

This goldwork butterfly was inspired by a Japanese family crest, known as a mon. Using goldwork and stumpwork techniques, and a variety of gold and silk threads, gold kid and beads, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk or satin or the fabric of your choice. I used a scrap of old kimono silk. The finished panel may be framed or mounted into the lid of a box.

 


August 2017

San Mateo Chapter, EGA

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USA

byloos@sbcglobal.net

Corncockle and Dragonfly

Aug 4, Aug 5 (2-part course)

This small stumpwork panel is one of a series of embroidered botanical specimens and insects, inspired by the illuminated pages of medieval manuscripts. Worked on ivory satin, this design features the Corncockle, a summer-flowering weed common in medieval cornfields, with reddish-purple petals and long leafy sepals. The panel also contains a broad-bodied dragonfly, a shiny blue beetle and a tiny red ladybird. The botanical name, Agrostemma githago, may be embroidered at the base of this specimen.

 

Greater Cincinnati Chapter, EGA

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USA

mhdoyle.oh2@gmail.com

Persian Peony Tile

Aug 8, Aug 9 (2-part course)

This small exotic panel was inspired by a 16th century Persian enamelled wall-tile. Combining stumpwork, goldwork, and surface embroidery techniques, 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, worked in silks, gold thread and beads over padding, peony buds with detached petals outlined in gold, feathery knapweed with padded bases, and beaded prunus blossoms. The panel is enclosed by an ornate scalloped border worked in a variety of gold metallic threads and beads. It may be framed or made into a box top or book cover.

 

Alabama Chapter, EGA

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USA

needlerb@knology.net

Corncockle and Dragonfly

Aug 12, Aug 13 (2-part course)

This small stumpwork panel is one of a series of embroidered botanical specimens and insects, inspired by the illuminated pages of medieval manuscripts. Worked on ivory satin, this design features the Corncockle, a summer-flowering weed common in medieval cornfields, with reddish-purple petals and long leafy sepals. The panel also contains a broad-bodied dragonfly, a shiny blue beetle and a tiny red ladybird. The botanical name, Agrostemma githago, may be embroidered at the base of this specimen.

 

EGA Seminar 2017

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Asheville North Carolina USA

egasem2017dof@gmail.com

Blackberry Garland and Emerald Moth

Aug 17, Aug 18 (2-part course)

This panel was inspired by two hand-coloured engravings of Jan Christiaan Sepp, published in the eighteenth century in Amsterdam. Worked on cream silk dupion, this design features a garland of blackberry flowers, with detached petals and buds, surface embroidered leaves, and raised berries, in various stages of ripeness, worked in French knots and beads. Nestled within the foliage are the stages of the life cycle of the Large Emerald Moth - beaded eggs, a “looper” caterpillar, a pupa worked in padded bronze snakeskin, and a moth with raised detached wings.

 

Copper Japanese Butterfly

Aug 19, Aug 20 (2-part course)

This goldwork butterfly was inspired by a Japanese family crest, known as a mon. Using goldwork and stumpwork techniques, and a variety of gold and silk threads, gold kid and beads, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk or satin or the fabric of your choice. I used a scrap of old kimono silk. The finished panel may be framed or mounted into the lid of a box.

 

Neapolitan Chapter, EGA

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USA

winterhaj@aol.com

California Poppy and Bumble Bee

Aug 23, Aug 24 (2-part course)

This small circular design is an ideal introduction to stumpwork embroidery. Worked on a background of ivory satin, this project features a bright yellow Californian poppy, with detached petals embroidered on fabric with wired edges, a tightly-curled raised bud, padded seed case, and surface embroidery. An Early Bumble-bee, with its red-tipped abdomen worked in Turkey knots and detached gauzy wings, completes the design. The finished embroidery may be framed or mounted into a paperweight.

 

Needle Arts Guild of Toledo Chapter, EGA

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USA

caren505@roadrunner.com

Heartsease Panel

Aug 26

Embroidered on a background of ivory satin with silk and cotton threads, this small stumpwork panel features the Heartsease, Viola tricolor: the petals are wired and detached, the stems and leaves are worked with surface embroidery. The finished embroidery may be framed, made into a box top, or used as a cover for a needlecase.

 

Sweet Briar Panel

Aug 27

Embroidered on a background of ivory satin with silk threads, this small stumpwork panel features the Sweet Briar, Rosa rugbinosa: the petals are wired and detached, the sepals are worked in needle-weaving and the stems and leaves with surface embroidery. The panel is outlined with fine red lines worked in back stitch. The finished embroidery may be framed, made into a box top, or used as a cover for a needlecase.

 

Valley Oak Chapter, EGA

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USA

marchfs@att.net

California Poppy and Bumble Bee

Aug 30, Aug 31 (2-part course)

This small circular design is an ideal introduction to stumpwork embroidery. Worked on a background of ivory satin, this project features a bright yellow Californian poppy, with detached petals embroidered on fabric with wired edges, a tightly-curled raised bud, padded seed case, and surface embroidery. An Early Bumble-bee, with its red-tipped abdomen worked in Turkey knots and detached gauzy wings, completes the design. The finished embroidery may be framed or mounted into a paperweight.

 


October 2017

Jane Nicholas Embroidery, Bowral

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Uniting Church Hall, 28 Bendooley St, Bowral NSW Australia
02 4861 1175
admin@janenicholas.com

Orange Japanese Chrysanthemum

October 14, 21, November 4 (3-part course)

This goldwork panel was inspired by a Japanese family crest featuring a stylised chrysanthemum motif. Using traditional goldwork techniques with a variety of metallic threads, and silks in several shades of rich orange, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on cream silk, satin or kimono silk, or the fabric of your choice. The finished panel may be framed, mounted into the lid of a box, or made into a brooch.

This class is suitable for all.

Japanese Iris and Mayfly Class [2017]

October 14, 21, November 4 (3-part course)

This stumpwork panel was inspired by a Japanese family crest featuring a stylised iris plant motif. Using traditional stumpwork and surface embroidery techniques, and a variety of silk threads, organza and beads, this small embroidered medallion may be worked on ivory silk, satin, or vintage kimono silk, or the fabric of your choice. The finished panel may be framed or mounted into the lid of a box.

This class is suitable for all.