Creative Embroidery


We will look at the richly diverse embroidery traditions of the Indian sub-continent. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to the more experienced. In the first two terms, the textiles of the different regions of India and Pakistan will be explored in detail, concentrating especially on the colours used and the patterns created. Topics will include shisha mirror work, darning and pattern darning, chikan whitework, chain stitching, zardozi goldwork, kantha quilting, phulkari counted-thread work, appliqué and block-printed textiles. Students will design and stitch their own samples using the techniques studied, and then be encouraged to experiment with them in innovative and adventurous ways to produce their own individual textile pieces. The shorter third term will focus on producing an individual project, such as a dowry bag or toran, using the design skills and stitch techniques learned in the first two terms.
The course will consist of practical design and stitch work, and will be taught by demonstrations and individual tuition supported by handouts.
Sheila Paine’s book Embroidery from India and Pakistan (2001) is recommended as a resource for students of this course. Participants will be advised on a weekly basis of the stitch and design materials needed to work on a specific technique.

Tutor:               Yana Krizka

Time:                Fridays 10.30am – 1pm

Dates:              Autumn term 2019: Monday Sept 16th – Friday Dec 13th
                          (Half term Oct 21st – 25th)
                          Spring term 2020: Jan 6th – April 3rd
                          (Half term Feb 17th – 21st)
                          Summer term 2020: April 27th – May 22nd 

Venue:              Gosling Room

Fees:                  £173 for a 12-week term

                            £58 for a 4-week summer term