Let it rain, let it pour! Who cares when you can spend the day at Hampton Court stitching. Today is day one of a three day goldwork course with tutor, Helen Stevens. We are attempting to recreate her design ‘Bird on a Wire’. This is how it should look….
I chose this course because I wanted to learn how to do basket weave – which is the stitch used on the birds wing and broadplate goldwork using flat metal ribbon – as on the birds beak. It will also give me a chance to improve on my cutwork – perfect! So what do you get in the kit? Pretty much everything you need! The booklet is full of colour photographs showing each stage covered.
Surprisingly there were only 4 people booked on this course but, as the trains were as reliable as ever, two people did not make it in on day 1. This meant that we managed to get all the padding and string work done so tomorrow we can start on adding a little gold. Here is my progress so far – there are 3 layers of padding on each of the tiny leaves, the beak, body and wings.
Can’t wait to get back in tomorrow……