Embroidery: Drawn To Stitch

Explore ways of drawing with thread including hand and machine stitch, Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience. You do not need to be able to draw!

Who is this course for

The students will not need any previous knowledge, experience or skills. They will just need an interest in expressing themselves through textile and using stitch in a contemporary way.

What does this course cover

Students will explore various ways of drawing with stitch, using both hand and machine embroidery. They will be introduced to a range of artists that use stitch in their work providing inspiration and enabling discussion about techniques and processes. The course will concentrate on how mark making and line can be interpreted in thread, also how thread can be used to alter and emphasis images. Students will learn a variety of hand and machine stitches that have strong linear qualities and explore using different types of thread.
Methods may include: Working on calico to produce an expressive drawing combining paint and stitch; Stitching directly onto a found postcard or photo to alter the original image; transferring photos onto cloth adding stitched detail to emphasise particular elements.

By the end students should be able to:
- Interpret different linear qualities through stitch.
- Have an awareness of contemporary artists that use stitch.
- Use specific language associated with stitch.
- Demonstrate new hand and machine stitch techniques.
- Experiment with combining mixed media and stitch.
- Work through a design process.
- Finish a final piece.

What will it be like

The teaching and learning methods will be through practical demonstrations, visual samples, handouts, verbal explanations and discussion. Students will be encouraged to ask questions.
Progress will be assessed by successfully completing samples and finished pieces.

What else do you need to buy or do

MWC will provide some materials, but it would be advisable for students to bring in their own basic sewing kit (needles, scissors, thread). Students should also bring in their own post card and photograph for weeks 2 & 3.
Most of the work will be done in class time, although students will be encouraged to continue at home. They may also want to collect some of their own materials.

What this course could lead to

The students could enrol for another Art & Design based course at the MWC or an alternative college. They could also use the course for inspiration for self initiated projects that they could follow in their own time.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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