Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVeti

08 June 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Brightly coloured embroidered flower

In this masterclass hosted by The Institute of Making, participants will explore three different traditional hand embroidery techniques: how you do them and why you do them.

This event is free.

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Institute of Making

For this online masterclass Richard McVetis has drawn on his love of stitching, paying attention to time and labour. Participants will explore three different traditional hand embroidery techniques: how you do them and why you do them. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching: the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure in having time to make. The session will focus on the following stitches: running stitch; whipped and laced stitch; and couching.

The masterclass will accommodate up to 100 participants, as we try a new format to open up our making workshops to as many people as possible!

What you will for the workshop:

  • A piece of fabric to stitch on - wool, cotton or linen, nothing too tightly woven
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needles
  • A range of sewing threads (doesn’t need to be hand embroidery specific) 
  • An embroidery hoop (if you don’t have a hoop, you can use a small wooden picture frame and pins instead. Take out the glass out of the wooden frame and pin the fabric to its back) 

Richard McVetis is a British artist, known for his meticulously embroidered drawings and sculptures. His artistic practice centres on his training as an embroiderer through the use of traditional hand stitch techniques and mark making. Using laboured and meticulously worked wools and multiples of embroidered dots and crosses, he explores the similarities between pen on paper and thread on fabric, employing a limited vocabulary of mark making and deliberately subdued colour to create a binary simplicity.