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Floral Hearts Embroidery Class

20sep10:00 am4:00 pmFloral Hearts Embroidery Class

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Please note this is an exclusive onsite class which will run from 10am-4pm at Mapperton House, West Dorset

Spend the day with us at the magnificent Mapperton House in Dorset, home to the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, and learn how to stitch this stunning floral design, inspired by a historical textile from  The Earl of Sandwich Collection.  This RSN Experience class will include a highlights tour of the House and a chance to meet its current owner, Viscountess Julie Montagu, who will show you the beautiful apron that has inspired the class.

The 18th century apron is heavily decorated in floral motifs with this design being only one of the many motifs found on this amazingly well preserved gem. Stitched on a cream silk background with heart shaped flowers, this embroidery would have really sparkled and shone when worn.

During the class, RSN Tutor, Deborah Wilding will teach you hand embroidery techniques including, Long and Short Silk Shading, Satin Stitch, Padded Satin Stitch French Knots, Couching and the application of Goldwork chips. This class is suitable for stitchers of all levels with all the basics covered to create your own sample. A full instruction booklet will be included in the kit to enable you to complete the design at home.

The class cost includes all materials and necessary equipment. You may like to bring your own embroidery scissors and battery operated magnifiers if you need them, but you will be able to borrow ring frames and scissors on the day.

The event will be truly exclusive as the House and Gardens are closed to the public on Fridays.

Mapperton was entered in the Domesday Book 1086 as Malperetone. It was then the property of William de Moion, Sheriff of Somerset.

From then on Mapperton belonged to only four families linked by descent in the female line until it was bought in 1919 by Mrs Ethel Labouchere. Since her death in 1955 it has been the home of the family of the Earl of Sandwich.

The 18th century apron is part of the Earl of Sandwich Collection which also includes paintings by Lely, Van de Velde the Younger, Scott, Reynolds and Hogarth.

Joining Instructions:

Registration commences at 9.45am and your class will take place in the Coach House.

You will be treated to teas, coffees and biscuits after your tour of Mapperton House.

Food and drink (other than bottled water) may not be consumed  in the workshop space, but please bring a packed lunch to eat in a separate area or in Mapperton Gardens.

Mapperton is fully accessible and there is a car park on site.


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