City & Guilds Stage 3 Hand Embroidery

I’m doing this qualification through distance learning with the School of Stitched Textiles based in Ormskirk, Lancashire. I’ve already completed a Patchwork & Quilting Stage 3 qualification with them about five years ago and find that on-line study works for me. I’ve reached Module 10 of a 12 module course in Hand Embroidery now and I’m happy to say have started the assessment pieces having completed the necessary samples through the earlier modules.

My first assessment piece is a Fabric Journal enclosing some of the samples made during the earlier course modules. Some larger samples are not included. This Cloth Book design is made up with separate back and front covers and cord lacing through eyelets and holes in every page. The design is taken from a Forest scene with toadstools and embellished with some silk beads, cords and dyed canvas twigs as well as free style embroidery.

My second sample has again been taken from one of my photographs of a rose bush which was manipulated with Photoshop Elements to create an image of blue flowers with strangely transparent back ground and leaves and unusual colours quite different from the original photograph.

This little wall hanging is made with my own dyed fabric and raw edge applique flowers which were cut from dyed and stiffened cheesecloth before being embroidered. I can’t say I’m delighted with this second assessment piece but it has been an interesting experiment. I wanted more see-through of the leaves and running stitch background but the very busy dyed backcloth has overshadowed the embroidery.

One more assessment piece to do and I’ve been taking photos of forest scenes and the plan its to create something illustrative of Forest and Wye as I look ahead to next year when I hope to participate in the Forest and Wye Open Studios (FarOpen)event as we all anticipate that maybe we shall be back to some sort of normality by then.distance

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