Formation gallery will be closed for a private event on Saturday, 29 June 2024.

  • CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Embroidery Course: Goldwork and Silk Shading

Guidon, Ringwood Light Dragoons, c1802

Elevate your embroidery skills on this two-day course, inspired by the Museum’s collection and led by experts from Hand & Lock, London’s premier embroidery house.

For centuries, the uniforms, standards and ceremonial items used by soldiers in the British Army have been beautifully embroidered with goldwork. In this special workshop, take inspiration from the animal-themed embroidery in our collection and learn how to elevate your own embroidery skills under the supervision of tutors from Hand & Lock.

By the end of the weekend, you'll have covered the techniques of cutwork, padding, pearl purl, appliqué, thread work, silk shading and French knots.

Programme

Day 1 - Saturday 11 May

10.00am – 4.30pm

In the morning, a curator will show you some fine examples of goldwork from the National Army Museum’s collection, explaining their historic significance. A representative from Hand & Lock will then discuss the techniques used in the embroidery.

After lunch, you'll take part in an embroidery class and have a go at a design inspired by the items you've seen.

Day 2 - Sunday 12 May

10.00am – 4.30pm

On the second day, you’ll continue to work on your design in our embroidery class, before taking home the finished product.

About Hand & Lock

Hand & Lock is London’s premier embroidery house, providing embellishment services to the Royal Family, top European design houses, the military, Savile Row and members of the public. Founded in 1767, they have over 250 years’ experience embellishing, embroidering and monogramming.

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