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Brought to England in the 19th Century, Broderie Anglaise is an ancient technique which is believed to have originated in Czech Republic.
Very popular at it’s time in 1840-80, Broderie Anglaise is created using open worked spaces in varying shapes and sizes. Although it did not originate in England, it continues to be associated with English Heritage due to it’s popularity in England during the 19th Century.
1890 Broderie Anglaise ‘Afternoon Dress’
The technique works by tracing a design out onto a piece of fabric, which is firstly worked with a basic running stitch. The insides of the shapes are then cut, and finished with either an overcast stitch, or a buttonhole stitch.
1855 English Broderie Anglaise
1850-1850, English Broderie Anglaise on a Christening Robe
This exquisite technique, known for it’s traditional white on white finish is extremely time consuming, and was often used to create Victorian underwear, nightwear, trimmings, and for babies’ clothes and linen. These were very fancy, luxurious items.
Chloe Spring 2015 / Valentino Spring 2015
In the 21st Century, Broderie Anglaise is interpreted less as a luxury fashion item, and more suited to daytime and casual wear during the summer seasons. They are also often machine embroidered rather than hand stitched now.
If you would like to learn this beautiful traditional hand technique, London Embroidery school offer an evening class which teaches you the basics of Broderie Anglaise. Book your place , or join our lace series course to learn all three traditional lace techniques, including Lace Appliqué, Broderie Anglaise and Limerick Lace!
Mother’s day is just around the corner, and what better way to treat her than with the gift of a new skill!
We are currently offering weekend workshops in both tambour beading and beginners goldwork with dates approaching very soon, so perfect timing for getting those all important Mother’s Day present’s sorted!
Our Tambour Beading weekend workshop is running on Saturday the 12th of March from 10am to 4:30pm, and the Beginners Goldwork taking place on Saturday the 2nd of April from 10am to 4:30pm
This is the perfect gift for any mother who loves crafting, or just wants to learn something new, and can be an ideal day out to spend some quality time together.
If you’re not quite sure what you think she would like there is always the option of gift certificates for the London Embroidery School so she can choose for herself. Just search in the personalised gifts section of the site and choose the amount you would like to gift.
We are now taking bookings for both these workshops, so book now to secure your seats!
Limerick Lace is a fragile technique that requires practice and patience to become proficient. It is the art of embroidering net to make beautiful, lacy pieces that are extremely delicate and time bearing. There are two types to master; Limerick Tambour and Limerick Run Lace.
19th Century Irish Limerick Lace
Limerick Lace originated in the Far East, and is believed to have been brought to Europe through Turkey in the 18th Century.
The name Limerick Lace comes from Limerick in Ireland, where Mr. Charles Walker set up a lace manufacturing business in 1829 after a machine for making net was invented in Nottingham in the early 1800’s. Mr. Walker produced mainly Limerick Tambour in his factory.
A less traditional way to handle Limerick Lace
The business was thriving, until unfortunately the standard declined and the factory was sold on in 1841.
Limerick Run Lace
Although the art has somewhat decreased in popularity, there are still lace makers who are keeping the tradition alive, and you could be one of them! Here at London Embroidery School we teach Limerick run lace, which can be learnt on our Lace Series course and our individual Limerick Lace class.
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about the classes!
Couched Goldwork by Tracy A Franklin
We are now taking bookings for our beginners goldwork evening course starting in January next year. You will be taught the basic techniques of an ancient skill, passed down through hundreds of generations. At the end of the course which takes place over three 2 hour evening classes, you will know how to edge a design with pearle purl, and fill it with a range beautiful gold materials introduced throughout the course. You will also be taught raising techniques, used to create a more impactful, three dimensional effect.
Hawthorne & Heaney Ceremonial Goldwork
You will complete the course having learnt three new techniques that will be the foundations to becoming a master goldwork embroiderer!
Hawthorne & Heaney Advanced Goldwork
We will also be offering an intermediate goldwork course in the new year for those confident with their technique to continue at a higher lever. For more information, see our blog post on Intermediate Goldwork.
We look forward to seeing you in the new year!
At London Embroidery School, we are currently working on a new Intermediate Goldwork course in the new year for anyone who has completed our beginners course, or is confident in basic goldwork skills.
You will be taught how to extend the technique to a higher standard, and interpret them into a traditional rose design.
This course will be all about helping you to develop your goldwork skills, and use them in your own way to your advantage. These techniques include:
applique with cloth of gold
string pud with cutwork
Look out for new course dates coming soon!
What better way to fulfil those New Year’s resolutions than to extend an already existing traditional skill even further? Book your place now.