After several months of experimenting and working my way into the basics of embroidery, time has come for the official start of my apprenticeship. However, since I am both student and teacher, looks as if I have to work out the curriculum, search for appropriate projects, prepare all the materials all by myself. For an inveterate autodidact like me not really a problem. I decided to simply start from scratch, working my way upward to the more challenging techniques and styles, including, however, only those I'm really interested in. That's why my curriculum will be oriented towards the various styles of embroidery.
Basically, there are two main techniques of hand embroidery: Counted Thread Embroidery and Surface or "Free Style" Embroidery. The first one's the more basic one, that's why I'm going to start here in the following order:
- Module I: Counted Thread Embroidery Techniques
- Unit I.1: Counted Cross Stitch
- Unit I.2: Assisi Work
- Unit I.3: Colbert Embroidery
- Unit I.4: Canvas Work
- Module II: Free Style Embroidery Techniques
- Unit II.1: Surface Embroidery in general
- Unit II.2: Crewel Work
- Unit II.3: Blackwork
- Unit II.4: Needlepainting
- Unit II.5: Stumpwork
- Unit II.6: Silk Ribbon Embroidery
I wasn't completely sure whether Blackwork belongs at least partially to the counted techniques, but in the end it uses mainly most of the surface stitches, so I think it makes no difference.
My plan is this: Every unit will consist of one or two little samplers, which include all the new stitches I've learned in the process, followed by a more complex work in this style. At the end of every module, I'll design a simple motif myself, which will be stitched repeatedly in every one of the various styles - a recapitulating sampler of sorts. My final project after finishing the whole course shall be one self-designed work (scene) in every covered style of embroidery respectively. Ambitious, eh? We'll see... In any case, you're welcome to follow me through the ups and downs of my apprenticeship!