Goldwork embroidery - scissor sheath **
Teacher: Lilian Bristol
Lilian Bristol (b 1982) graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2005, specialising in textile design, and attained her master's degree in heritage technology at UT Viljandi Culture Academy in 2016. Her master's thesis “Goldwork Embroidery in Estonia: its Development in Early 20th Century and Adaptation Today” includes research on the tradition of goldwork in Estonia as well as practical parts of the goldwork technology. Over the course of her master’s studies and independent research Lilian has learned old goldwork techniques at the Russian Orthodox Mount of Olives Convent of the Ascension of Our Lord as well as in schools following the British tradition.
Since 2006, Lilian has worked as a designer with the family business Mõtleja Tigu OÜ, specialising in linen and wool felt products. Since 2016, she has also worked as a designer and embroidery trainer at Meistrilt Meistrile OÜ. As an artist Lilian has always been intrigued by the borderline, the meeting point of different materials.
The participants will learn how to tighten fabric on an embroidery frame and draw a beetle on fabric. The next step will be bolstering with felt in order to give more volume to the beetle. After embroidering the longhorn beetle, it will fixed onto felt and sewn together with decorative stitch.
All supplies are provided by the teachers at spot, the participation fee includes the embroidery materials, threads, felt and fabrics for one item. Each participant can keep small crane-shaped scissors used during the workshop.
Prior experience in embroidery is recommended for participating in the workshop. If you have participated previously or wish to learn goldwork in the future, you can form a whole set, including a scissor clip, sheath and pin holder with various insects.