Or Nue – well it’s all new to me!

I decided that I needed a totally ‘free from school’ weekend; one where I only had to think of myself. Maybe a little selfish, but sometimes you need to be a tad self indulgent! With that in mind I booked myself on a class at the RSN, Hampton Court, to try my hand at ‘Or Nue’ embroidery (sorry but I can’t get the accent over the e – something else I need to learn!) .

‘Or Nue’ embroidery involves couching a pair of metal threads on to the surface of a piece of background material, in horizontal lines. The background metal threads are couched with a thread of a similar colour and then, in certain areas, coloured threads are used to create a picture.

Our tutor for the day was Amanda Ewing and she had created a mushroom design for us all to follow. It looked small enough to complete and her instructions were easy to follow – but you know what they say, when something looks and sounds easy – it will inevitably take a lot longer to master than you think!


Design by Amanda Ewing.


So how did I do? Well needless to say, I didn’t complete the sampler. In fact I barely got started – the day just whizzed past! The process was very time consuming but I will endeavour to complete it at home over the next few weeks. But it was a lovely experience – Hampton Court was bathed in sunshine and there was also a visit to the RSN shop – always lots to temp you!

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About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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