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Creative and Experimental Embroidery with The Stitch Archive

Hand & Lock


Creative and Experimental Embroidery using Mixed Media to Couch and Crochet

Location: Hand & Lock Studio (86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE)

Date: 5th - 19th September (consecutive 3 hour weekly session) 

Time: 6pm-9pm

What is the Stitch Archive?

The Stitch Archive is a collaborative project between two textile designers (Lisa Salama and Annalisa Dunn), with a passion for celebrating and amplifying contemporary, constructed and decorative textiles. The collectors have an inclination towards bright colour, sumptuous texture, innovative materials and graphic patterns. Collectively they have over 25 years experience in the fashion and textiles industry, working with luxury designer brands.

During the sessions you will work on creative samplers and crochet trims, which can be used for reference and design inspiration for future projects. The tutors will also use contextual references to help support and illustrate how these techniques can be implemented onto garments. Alongside this, in the final session you will carry out a final sampler, supported by an artwork and stitch plan, which combines techniques you've learnt in the sessions.

In this workshop you will:
- Learn the versatility of the embroidered couching technique, applying cords of many qualities and scales onto a base fabric.
- Learn the basics of crochet, including a wide variety of beginner and more advanced stitches.
- Learn to make your own embellished crochet cords, using various beads and metal elements, and use couching techniques to apply them in a modern elevated way.
- Explore how simple embroidery techniques, and small adjustments can have a high impact on outcome.
- Explore the possibilities of implementing these techniques as flat or 3D couching, as a bold outlining technique or a sumptuous all-over surface.
- Work with us to develop design understanding and critical evaluative skills when developing an embroidery artwork.