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.........IF YOU PREFER TO STUDY IN A GROUP


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.........IF YOU PREFER TO STUDY IN A GROUP


The following short, professional courses are taught by Rowena at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. 

Each course is developed as a unique and complete experience, packed with skills that are often neglected in full-time education today, but essential when looking for work in fashion and textiles. 

Taught in her distinctive, constructivist way and focussed on teaching you how to teach yourself more, if taken together, the following four courses compliment and integrate with each other to give you a confident platform from which to produce a portfolio, and look for work.

Please note that these short courses run separately from this website. 
For further details please scroll down and click on the link labelled

'COMPLETE COURSE DESCRIPTION - DATES - PRICES - BOOKINGS'
which is positioned above and below each individual course description.

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.........THE FUTURE OF FASHION IS HAND SEWN


.........THE FUTURE OF FASHION IS HAND SEWN


HAND-SEWING FOR COUTURE AND BESPOKE FASHION. If you are looking for work in couture fashion, bridal-wear, millinery, bespoke tailoring or theatre costume production, perfect hand sewing skills are essential. Starting with a simple running stitch and working on a series of projects designed to help students perfect their skills and build up speed, this beginners course will focus on creating a reference book of hand sewn samples to add to a portfolio of work.......

No previous experience is needed for this course. 

"I work front-of-house for Henry Herbert Tailors and enrolled on Hand Sewing for Couture and Bespoke Fashion in order to have a better understanding of how our tailors work and to be able to carry out small tasks in the shop, such as stitching on a button or turning up a hem. I absolutely loved the course and Rowena's way of teaching. She created an atmosphere that was the perfect balance between hard work and fun and although the pace was fast, I felt able to take my time and concentrate on the specific skills that I wanted to perfect. I particularly enjoyed meeting and exchanging experiences with such a diverse group of people from all over the world. I now feel more confident when communicating with our bespoke tailors and would highly recommend this course". Alexander Dickinson; Client Consultant, Henry Herbert Tailors.

Hand stitched samples and covered buttons by Rowena Luke-King. 
You may like to follow the Pinterest inspiration board for this course.

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.........EMBROIDERY LEVELS 1 & 2


.........EMBROIDERY LEVELS 1 & 2


EMBROIDERY LEVEL 1. During this course students will be introduced to a variety of hand embroidery styles including ribbon-work, cut-work, shadow-work, stump-work and Indian mirror-work. Starting with a simple running stitch, laced running stitch, whipped running stitch and back stitch, by the end of the first day we will have progressed to more complicated techniques such as French knots which can be used to attach sequins; whipped spiderweb; woven spiderweb and a needle-woven ribbon rose.......

No previous experience is needed for this course. 

Shadow work, stump work and ribbon embroidery by Rowena Luke-King. 
You may like to follow the Pinterest inspiration board for this course.


EMBROIDERY LEVEL 2. Following on from Embroidery Level 1, this course will introduce students to more advanced embroidery techniques, including needle-weaving for withdrawn thread-work and Tenerife lace. Whilst experimenting with a variety of white threads on white fabrics, students will work on a series of embroidery samples before embarking on a unique piece of contemporary whitework, that could be designed in the shape of a collar, used in accessory design or shown as part of a textile design portfolio.......

Students studying on Embroidery Level 2 should first complete Embroidery Level 1

Stump work, drawn thread work and needle weaving by Rowena Luke-King.
You may like to follow the Pinterest inspiration board for this course.

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.........THE BEAUTY OF COUTURE


.........THE BEAUTY OF COUTURE


COUTURE BRIDALWEAR. Couture designers such as John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood often work in half-scale when generating ideas for garments that use a lot of cloth. As a feature of this beginners bridal-wear course, you will make your own half-scale tailors dummy and use it to create a vintage style, portfolio-size, wedding dress.

The first three days of the course will focus around making your dummy. You will visit the college library to explore volumes of 1940s, 50s and 60s Vogue and learn how to use simple fashion design development techniques to articulate your ideas. Later in the week you will work on a series of sewn samples as you learn to stitch by hand and machine, the different types of seams and finishes used on popular bridal-wear fabrics today.

The second week will start with an introduction to basic pattern cutting techniques, toile production and modelling on the stand. You will adapt standard half-scale patterns to the specifications of your own design; make a calico toile, fit it to your own tailor's dummy and once perfected, use this toile to create your final paper pattern. Towards the end of the week we will visit the shops on Berwick Street where you will be advised on the best fabrics for your design. You will carry out stitch and garment construction tests to establish what linings and interlinings to use and will spend the last week of the course concentrating entirely on making your finished dress. You will be introduced to different decorative techniques such as beading and appliqué; learn how to insert an invisible zip and how to use 'Rigelene' and 'Crin' for shaping and extra support.

Technical support on the college industrial sewing machines is available for the duration, therefore no previous experience is needed for this course, which is perfect for fashion students wishing to embark on a career in bridal-wear. Please note that you will not be making a full-scale or corseted wedding dress on this course. 

 

Please note that the courses listed above run separately from this website. To book your place on a Short Course with Rowena Luke-King at Central Saint Martins, please click the 'DATES - PRICES - BOOKINGS' button below each individual course description.

If you need advice before booking a Short Course with Rowena Luke-King at Central Saint Martins, please feel free to contact her by completing the form below and submitting it by clicking on the 'SEND EMAIL NOW' button below.

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