ONLINE Mountmellick Whitework - Tues 20th September 2022 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 30 days. Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Tues 20th September 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Tues 4th October 10am - 11am follow up & feedback session
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers.
Join Faith as she shows you how to create a hand sewn whitework flower in the Mountmellick style of embroidery. Using nine different stitches (including Mountmellick Stitch) you will create a textured embroidery that measures approximately 15cm x 12cm.
This type of embroidery originated in the town of Mountmellick in Ireland in the early 19th century. It uses different thicknesses of matte white cotton thread on a background of and off-white cotton sateen fabric to create contrast and texture. Historically, the technique was used for clothing as well as household products, such as tablecloths and cushions.
You will receive a template for the design and will be shown how to transfer this onto your fabric. Faith will demonstrate each of the nine stitches used to create the flower design. We will be using three different thicknesses of thread to help to create texture.
After the demo you will be given a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days. You will also receive a set of instructions which include a diagram of where each stitch and thread have been used.
Specific stitches you will learn at the workshop
- French knots
- Coral stitch
- Trellis stitch
- Stem stitch
- Split stitch
- Cretan stitch
- Padded satin stitch
- Long-armed feather stitch
- Mountmellick stitch
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
Faith has a project kit available for this class at a cost of £8.50 plus P&P (UK only). Details of how to order will be provided after booking. Kits will include:
- Cotton Sateen (large enough to fit in hoop)
- Mountmellick thread size 2 (approximately 4 metres)
- Mountmellick thread size 3 (approximately 6 metres)
- Mountmellick thread size 4 (approximately 11 metres)
- Chenille needle size 26
- Chenille needle size 24
You will also need:
- Embroidery hoop 8” or 10”
- Small screwdriver to tighten hoop
- Embroidery scissors (or small pointed scissors)
- Fabric marker pen (non-permanent)
- A lightbox is useful if you have one, but not essential
Links to suppliers
Embroidery hoops, needles, scissors and fabric markers are readily available from haberdashery shops, Amazon or some craft shops.
Cotton sateen (listed as Mountmellick Fabric Heavyweight) and Mountmellick Thread available from Empress Mills (https://www.empressmills.co.uk)
Cotton sateen (listed as Cotton Satin Heavy) and some Mountmellick thread available from Golden Hinde Goldwork (https://golden-hinde.co.uk)