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Frisian Whitework Silk Sampler Workshop

Frisian Whitework Silk Sampler Workshop

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August, 2021.
Frisian whitework comes from Friesland in the Netherlands. This is a style of counted embroidery, where the placement of the stitches is determined by counting the fabric's threads. This sampler is in the style of Frisian whitework samplers that were often worked in colour to provide interest for the young girls making them. The sampler measures 12.5 x 26.5cm.

All skill levels are welcome!

2 day class. 9-4pm daily. Short morning tea break and 3/4 hour lunch break.
NB: In these uncertain times, we recommend you have an appropriate travel insurance policy.

About Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is the author of ten instructional embroidery books, with most focusing on historical needlework, as well as two stitch dictionaries. Her newest book is "Frisian Whitework: Dutch Embroidery from Friesland" from which this is one of the projects. Yvette spent time at the Fries Museum in the Netherlands studying many examples of the work as research for her book.

Techniques you will learn in this class

This class is a counted thread class, meaning that the stitches are positioned by counting the threads of the fabric. It requires careful concentration. You will learn the specialty stitches used on this sampler, such as satin stitch, reverse cable stitch, chain stitch, and more complex techniques including ways to work the traditional satin stitch bird motifs, how to work clustered eyelets, and special ways to finish eyelets. 

Workshop requirements

Your project kit (included in the cost of the workshop) will have the pre-dyed 28 count linen fabric, Gumnut Yarns Buds silk thread and needles required for the class. Stitch instructions and project instructions are also provided.

You will need to bring a 20cm/8 inch hoop, scissors, and a pen or pencil for making notes. We highly recommend magnification and lighting, as we will be working on 28 count linen. It is better to have it with you and not need it, than not have it and desperately need it!

Contact Details

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Walcha Handmade
6N Derby Street, Walcha NSW 2354

Walcha is a small, creative town, with wonderful attractions including the beautiful Apsley Falls, just 15 minutes drive from Walcha.

Accommodation in Walcha: There are a number of accommodation options including B&Bs, hotels, motels, guest house and caravan park. We recommend booking any accommodation as soon as possible, so that you don't miss out. Rural NSW has many visitors at the moment, and accommodation can be hard to book at times.

Getting to Walcha: At the time of writing, the Oxley Highway between Walcha and Port Macquarie is closed due to landslips from flooding rains, and may remain so for several months. (Access is still available to Apsley and Tia Falls, though.) 

Our venue, Walcha Handmade, is a small creative co-operative, with quality gifts and souvenirs available. We will be holding our class in the studio at the back of the shop. The room is heated with a combustion stove in colder weather. Walcha can be very cold at times, so we recommend dressing warmly with layers so that you can be comfortable whether in class or outside.

Derby Street in Autumn (Fall)
Apsley Falls
Apsley River in the snow