Ribbon Embroidery Workshop

Ribbon Embroidery

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Led by artist Victoria Adams Brown, participants will create a Victorian initial pillow. This beautiful needle art offers “goof proof” results and the workshop is a beginner level silk ribbon embroidery class.

Silk ribbon embroidery became popular with the embellishment of European clergy vestments in the 18th Century.  Ribbon embroidery can be completed in a fraction of the time, compared to traditional embroidery or cross-stitch. Participants will create the initial of their choice on ivory fabric, using 6 beginner basic ribbon embroidery stitches. Most of the stitching will be completed in class. The stitched initial can be used to create a pillow, framed, used as a quilt block, or used to create a cherished wedding heirloom.

A complete rubber stamp alphabet will be available for stamping the initial of your choice, onto fabric. The Victorian rubber stamp initials were adapted from a 19th Century English Victorian garden book that the instructor discovered while teaching silk ribbon embroidery in England.  You will stamp your chosen initial onto ivory fabric using a rubber stamp and fabric ink. Silk ribbon will be embroidered over the stamped image.

The class fee is $55 ($50 members) plus a material fee of $15.  The materials supplied by the instructor include a 12″ square ivory fabric and a ribbon kit. The ribbon kit includes needles, silk ribbons, floss, pearls, color photograph and complete instructions.  Participants are asked to bring a scissors and a 4” or 6” hoop. Addition ribbon supplies will be available for purchase after class.

The instructor Victoria Adams Brown has written two books on silk ribbon embroidery, “The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery” and “The New Ribbon Embroidery”.  She is one of the few women in the United States to receive her “couture level of embroidery” certification from the famous House of Lesage in Paris, France. She has produced numerous magazine articles, appeared on a variety of  cable television programs including The Discovery Channel and QVC, and teaches surface embellishment techniques in the US and Europe. For additional information, visit her blog at itsonlyribbon.blogspot.com.

Class size is limited and preregistration is required.