The Royal School of Needlework and The Courtauld are delighted to be partnering on a Canvaswork hand embroidery class inspired by a stunning Floral Back Chair from the museum’s Bloomsbury Room. The one-day class will be held at the gallery on Friday 13 May to celebrate London Craft Week.
Students will learn how to use a range of Appleton Tapestry wools to create a vibrant, stylised bookmark in traditional Bloomsbury colours. RSN Tutor, Sarah Smith will introduce students to the technique of Canvaswork, used by the original embroiderers of the chair, thought to be Vanessa Bell or Winifred Gill. The design, like the original, is worked in Tent Stitch and students will learn how to start and finish threads, work from a chart and be shown how to make up their finished project into a bookmark, with a backing fabric which is also included in the kit. Students will also be able to visit the Bloomsbury Room during the day.