Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Stumpwork Embroidery Workshop with Madeleine Ferland

Stumpwork dates from 17th Century England and is a style of raised and padded embroidery.

Last week I took a three day stumpwork embroidery workshop with Canadian Needlework Designer, Madeleine Ferland. Madeleine is a member of the Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild, Point Claire, Quebec. She started teaching when guild members began asking her to share her designs. Her design and drawing skills come from her past experiences as a drafts person, fashion designer and the arts. Madeleine has many designs and projects completed but only does a select few as kits / workshops.

She is a fantastic teacher and embroiderer. Her stitches are so precise and her written instructions are excellent. She taught two different sessions here in St. John's, Under the Red Oak Tree (I think it was the sheep that sold me on that one) and the Blue Flag Iris! I enjoyed the three days of stitching, however, it will take a great deal of work to get this piece completed. I've included photos of several of her designs.

The Royal School of Needlework has some samples of stumpwork HERE.
For samples of 17th Century stumpwork embroidery, check HERE.
Mary Corbet at Needle 'n Thread also has a great article with related links.
Video - making a wired needlelace leaf
Lots of stuff HERE

If you are interested in trying out this type of embroidery, Country Bumpkin has a free design for you to try.
Snail and Flower from The Floss Box


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