Silk Shading Intensive….

Just to continue my theme on never finishing something I have started – I have put away my canvas work for the next couple of weeks to concentrate on silk shading on an intensive course at the RSN, Hampton Court. My view for the next two weeks…….


The first day concentrated on choosing an image. I had lots of flowers that I liked, but most were small and white which apparently is not a good choice – so I went for something bold and bright although the end result will probably not make it to a frame as I am still not sure that I like it! However it is the process that I am learning and as you can see there is a lot of scope for colour and some challenging shapes to attempt. The RSN also specifies that the picture chosen needs to have flower or fruit, leaf and a turnover – I think this fits the brief quite well.


Once the subject had been chosen a black and white and colour sketch of it was made to get you to look more closely at the image.

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We then worked out an order of stitching – the background elements need to be tackled first before anything in the foreground – next we looked at the direction that our stitches will be moving in.

Finally an outline was pricked with a needle and the image was transferred using pounce onto a piece of silk mounted over calico – which I had prepared before hand.

DSC_0757 One thing that stuck out immediately was how calm and quite the intensives are when compared to a normal C and D day. With only 6 students the room was very quiet and you got a lot of individual attention from the tutor and her helpers.

Looking forward to day 2!

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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11 Responses to Silk Shading Intensive….

  1. kathyreeves says:

    I find this so Interesting, I’m looking forward to these reports!

  2. Kim says:

    I like the Lily but I can see how it’s not to everyone’s taste.I’m envious of your time at Hampton Court but I’m not prepared to take up embroidery for that view!

  3. It will be an interesting subject to stitch, and you might find that after you’ve spent more time with it, you like it more!

  4. Sally says:

    Well done on tackling the Silk Shading via the intensive mode. I do think that for this technique it is really useful to be able to have some continuity in the stitching – and the intensive course lets you do this. I found it amazing how you get to see more and more colours in the piece as you stitch it. Good Luck and make sure you have a good thimble – that little number 12 needle hurts when the eye gets stuck in your finger.

  5. rosejasm says:

    Oh wow this looks amazing! I do hate it sometimes when you have to fit a brief!

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