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Embroidery - Level 2

Embroidery - Level 2

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rowena Luke-King


Following on from Embroidery Level 1, this course will introduce students to more advanced embroidery techniques, including needle-weaving for withdrawn thread-work and Tenerife lace.

Whilst experimenting with a variety of white threads on white fabrics, students will work on a series of embroidery samples before embarking on a unique piece of contemporary whitework, that could be designed in the shape of a collar, used in accessory design or shown as part of a textile design portfolio.

Other embroidery styles taught on this course include:
•pulled thread for Chikankari work
•Mountmellick work
•embroidered quilting including Trapunto

Stitches include:
•Mountmellick stitch, coral knot stitch and cable plait
•Portuguese knotted stem stitch
•raised stem stitch for Casalguidi embroidery
•double buttonhole and woven bars for cut-work
•interlaced and knotted borders for drawn thread-work

Other topics covered include:
•setting up card template for tenerife wheels
•using tulle to transfer designs to cloth
•turning up hems with drawn thread-work
•cut-work borders
•appliqué on organza for shadow-work
•stretching fabric on a slate-frame

Students will complete this course by using the skills that they have learnt to create a unique piece of contemporary whitework that could be designed in the shape of a collar, used in accessory design or shown as part of a textile design portfolio.

Students will be expected to work on their embroidery between lessons, so please allow time to do this. Equipment and materials are provided. However, students should bring with them a small pair of sharp embroidery scissors.

Entry requirements:
Students studying on this course should first complete Embroidery Level 1

Level: Intermediate

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

Tutor Description

Rowena Luke-King has had an extremely diverse career in design. She has worked as a designer and colour consultant for textile design studios and leading retailers such as Marks & Spencer and NEXT. She has produced collections of clothes, accessories, hand printed fabrics, greetings cards and wrapping papers for a number of stores including Fiorucci and has worked as a stylist in the music industry (stage clothes that she created for 'Adam and the Ants' have been exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum). Rowena studied fashion and textiles at Central Saint Martins and is currently involved in sourcing vintage fabrics for the fashion industry. 


Please bring with you to the first session:           

  • A plain page notebook and pencil   
  • A pair of sharp embroidery scissors   
  • A selection household needles

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