Blackwork Embroidery Inspired by Dillington House



Residential course

Clare Clensy

10 March 2023 to 12 March 2023

From £265 Non-resident fee

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Blackwork is a historical hand embroidery technique dating back to the 16th century. It is a counted thread technique using small back stitches to create geometric patterns, which can be built up into pictures.

For this class, we take our inspiration from Dillington House itself – both its distinctive architecture and beautiful gardens. We will bring the technique up to date by incorporating flourishes of colour alongside traditional black thread.

The course is suitable for all levels of stitching experience.

Residential Fees From: £395.   Non Residential: £265

Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on  Sunday.

Tutor information

Clare Clensy trained as an apprentice for three years at The Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace. On completing her apprenticeship Clare returned to Wiltshire and established her own business Vine Embroidery. Vine Embroidery takes on a variety of individual commissions, including work for many of the Embroidery magazines. Restoration work on pieces such as antique samplers, christening robes, ecclesiastical pieces and family heirlooms are also undertaken. Clare also teaches, gives talks, produces her own range of embroidery kits and has had a book published – A Beginners Guide to Silk Shading.

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