Do you ever sew outside your comfort zone? I recently decided to take my own sewing experiences one step further by enrolling for a sequin embroidery workshop with the Royal School of Needlework, hosted at the Bath Fashion Museum. And if that’s not a sentence to make you swoon, I don’t know what else to write.
But I’ll try. 😉
If you’ve never visited Bath, you really should add it to your places to try. It’s a lovely and compact city, with lots of excellent shopping, though I always find the lack of fabric shops utterly bizarre. There is an excellent bookshop you should try.
I was here for the sequin panel embroidery workshop, inspired by a 1930s sequinned court dress belonging to Queen Mary that was on display as part of the ‘Royal Women’ exhibition at the museum. We were treated to a tour before the venue opened to the public.
The original gown is head-to-toe sequins and I was fascinated by the construction, throwing questions at our tutor, Deborah Wilding. I adored the dark and elegant hues of the gown and our task was to create a miniature version of that front bodice panel.
Deborah had already traced the pattern onto fine net for us and helped us stretch it in our seat frame embroidery hoops. You use the frame to steady the hoop by sitting on the wooden base. This allows you to have both hands free for embroidery – key in sequin work.
By mid-morning coffee I had sewn on – ooh! – at least seventeen sequins, learning all about cupped, semi-cupped and flat sequins. I was entranced.
Deborah was a fantastic teacher – calm, quick-thinking, unflappable, passionate about her subject and oh-so-knowledgeable.
I brought the rest of my project home and am determined to finish it. What might I applique this on, do you think?
I love the use of sequins in such a sophisticated treatment. Are you a fan of the sequin? Any tips of your own for embroidering with these magical discs?