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.........BE THERE OR BE SQUARE


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.........BE THERE OR BE SQUARE


The following short courses are taught by Rowena at Central Saint Martins. Each course is developed as a unique and complete experience, packed with skills that are often neglected in full-time education. Taught in her distinctive, constructivist style, these courses which complement and integrate with each other, if taken together will give you a confident platform from which to produce a portfolio of work.

The following courses run separately to this website but if you have any questions before booking,
please email rowena@rowenalukeking.co.uk or complete and send the form at the bottom of this page.

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.........roses are red, violets are blue


.........roses are red, violets are blue


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Level 1, this course will introduce students to more advanced embroidery techniques, including needle-weaving for withdrawn thread-work and Tenerife lace.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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.........a stitch in time saves nine


.........a stitch in time saves nine


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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.......THE BEAUTY OF COUTURE


.......THE BEAUTY OF COUTURE


COUTURE BRIDALWEAR. This intermediate hand sewing course is inspired by the work of 'Les Petite Mains'; the collective of seamstresses who stitch by hand from start to finish and with meticulous attention to detail, the garments and accessories of 'Les Ateliers Couture'. Suitable for anyone looking to perfect their hand sewing skills, by the end of this course students will have produced a series of hand stitched reference samples on silk; a finished wedding dress in quarter-scale, and a quarter-scale tailors dummy to present and photograph it on.........

The entry requirement for this course is confident hand-sewing skills.

Silk rose by Rowena Luke-King.

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.........IF YOUR NOT SURE, ASK ROWENA


.........IF YOUR NOT SURE, ASK ROWENA


The following courses run separately to this website but if you have any questions before booking, 
please email rowena@rowenalukeking.co.uk or complete and send the form at the bottom of this page.

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