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Embroidery, Embellishment and Applique Workshop

Embroidery, Embellishment and Applique Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Mary Spyrou


This embroidery course provides an introduction to decorative techniques for textiles. You will experiment with applique techniques, using layers of fabric cut away to create patterns and motifs. These skills will be applied to create a small bag based on your own design. You will explore embroidery and embellishment techniques to create a body of samples, including hand embroidery, beading and mirror work which you will use to adorn your appliqued bag.

Topics covered:

  • Traditional techniques and examples of textiles from around the world
  • A variety of applique techniques
  • Hand embroidery stitches using stranded cotton and perle threads
  • Embellishment techniques, including mirror work and beading
  • A visit to the Wallace Collection or V&A for research and design inspiration

Level: All Levels

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Mary Spyrou is a textile artist and lecturer specialising in globally diverse textile traditions, which are explored in her work and teaching. She has co-authored a book called Textile Arts Multicultural Traditions. Since studying textile design at Trent Polytechnic and The Royal College of Art, Mary has worked in a variety of educational institutes and as a visiting artist. Her work has been exhibited at numerous institutions, including RIBA, Barbican Arts Centre, and is held in a number of collections including the Embroiderers Guild. Mary has been the recipient of travel awards from the Arts Council and Crafts Council for field work in India and Egypt. Her recent work has included millinery for a Ridley Scott film.

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