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Crewel Embroidery and Counted Canvaswork
with Sue Hawkins

4th - 6th September 2020
Highfield Park


Crewel Embroidery can strike terror into the heart of the most seasoned embroiderer, Sue would like to dispel this myth and help you to enjoy this technique.
This design, Paisley Fruit, is inspired by the Tree of Life legend found throughout seventeenth-century embroideries.

The tree, with a mix of flowers and leaves and an extremely swollen fruit, stands on an undulating hillock symbolic of the Garden of Paradise. In this period nobody seemed concerned with proportion – the tree would fall over if the fruits were really large and the insects would be dangerous. The insects are stitched in shiny stranded cottons to contrast with the matt finish of the wool used for the rest of the design.

This will be a project led weekend and kits for this design will be available to purchase. Alternatively you can work on a project you may have in progress.











Counted Canvaswork
Forget acres of boring tent stitch, this is something else. A rich mix of colour and range of different stitches carefully counted onto canvas from a chart, combine to make exquisite needleworkers’ accessories. These are interesting and individual projects perfectly suited to those quiet moments in life that are stolen from the day
to day hustle or maybe to fill a quiet time while you are
on holiday. They make perfect gifts if you can bear to give them away!

You will learn how to count stitches onto canvas and how to make up the pieces with lots of helpful tips along the way. There will be a wide choice of designs to choose a project from for the class, the cost of which will be included and plenty more to buy if you enjoy the stitching. Sue’s unique ‘Elizabethan’ upholstered embroidery frames will be available for you to try over the weekend.

Sue is the author of several needlework books and sells her own ‘Needleworks’ kits at many of the Needlework shows around the country.