Storytelling through Hand Embroidery

Ref: C3676004

This course will begin with a short tour of the textile exhibition 'Autism/This is Me' as a starting point for exploring storytelling through hand embroidery. Learners will then be supported to discover ways of using hand embroidery to create artworks that explore personal memories. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art and textiles. The day promises to be supportive, hands on and creative. All abilities welcome although some experience of hand embroidery would be useful.

Course aim

The course will provide an introduction to the art of storytelling through hand embroidery. By the end of the day, learners would have completed, or be on their way to completing their own artwork.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the role of storytelling in textiles.
  • Create my own design that reflects my own story
  • Use a range of hand embroidery stitches to create artwork
  • Complete or be on the way to completing my own hand embroidered artwork.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own embroidery related materials if you wish (embroidery hoop, needles and threads). You are encouraged to bring in any photographs, textiles or objects that are tell a personal story. For example, an old textile or photograph.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Storytelling through Hand Embroidery


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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