Tufted Wool/Plush Template Embroidery Workshop

This workshop will be led by textile artist Ann Hermes.

Plush template embroidery (also called stump work and tufted wool embroidery) is a method used to create plush designs. It is done by stitching with wool yarn over a template. The yarn is cut in a strategic way to release the template, then trimmed, brushed and sculpted to give stars, hearts, flowers, and other fanciful designs.

This embroidery technique was done by women in southeastern Pennsylvania and other regions of the US and Europe from about 1890-1950 to make decorated bed and lap blankets, pillow covers, and pincushions. Antique examples will be shown and participants will learn the technique by stitching a small plush star or flower using materials provided. Participants need to bring a 5-6” embroidery hoop, small sharp scissors and needle nose pliers.

Preregistration is necessary as the workshop size is limited. The workshop fee is $60 ($55 member) plus $14 for the materials fee. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.

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