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.........SMALL GROUPS OF LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE


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.........SMALL GROUPS OF LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE


Offered independently from her Central Saint Martins courses, unless otherwise stated, these short professional pop-up courses will take place in Rowena's Central London home-studio; just a three minute walk from Holborn tube station. 

Dates, times and prices are included within each individual course description. Your place will be confirmed on receipt of full payment which is non-refundable. Equipment and materials will be provided.

If you would like to enrol on one of these pop-up courses or have any questions before booking, please contact Rowena by completing the form at the bottom of this page and submit it by clicking on the 'SEND EMAIL NOW' button.

New courses will be added as they become available, so please do keep an eye on this page.

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.........A MODERN LOOK TO TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES


.........A MODERN LOOK TO TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES


EMBROIDERED NEEDLEPOINT PURSES. During this course which takes place in Rowena's Central London home-studio; just a three-minute walk from Holborn tube station,  you will be introduced to different styles of traditional needlepoint including Florentine, Berlin and Plush Work as you design, embroider and make two small coin purses; one zipped and one with a kiss-clasp frame.

Starting with a simple Petit Point, the most commonly used needlepoint stitch, you will experiment with a selection of canvases and tapestry threads as you progress to more complicated techniques such as Mosaic, Parisian and Renaissance Stitch. You will learn how to create raised velvety surfaces with Loop Stitch, use Tent Stitch to attach beads for Victorian Beadpoint and add Shisha mirrors for a more eclectic 'on trend' look. Whilst using graph paper, transfer papers and transfer paints to pre-plan your embroidery designs, you will learn how to use the colour wheel and investigate trends in colour before choosing your threads and commencing work on your final needlepoint pieces.

Equipment and materials will be provided with paper patterns drafted to fit the specifications of each purse style. You will learn how to engineer your embroidery designs to fit these purse patterns, block and steam your work back into shape once embroidered, stitch your purse fabrics together by hand before inserting linings and attaching a zip to one and a kiss-clasp frame to the other. Those who wish to work on samples for a textile design portfolio may do so. Others may choose to develop their embroideries into a small heirloom cushion covers. No Previous experience is needed.


Price: £375.00 for five, five-hour lessons with a maximum of five students. 
Equipment and materials are included.

Dates: Five alternate Sundays starting on Sunday 15th October 2017; (15th & 29th Oct, 12th & 26th November, 10th December).

Lessons start at 10.30am and finish at 4.00pm allowing for a 30 minute lunch break. 


If you would like to book a place on this pop-up course or have any questions before booking,
please contact Rowena by completing the form at the bottom of this page and submit it by clicking on the
'SEND EMAIL NOW' button.

Embroidered needlepoint fabric for kiss-clasp coin purse by Rowena Luke-King.
You may like to follow the Pinterest inspiration board for this course. 
 

If you would like to book a place on this pop-up course or have any questions before booking,
please contact Rowena by completing the form at the bottom of this page and submit it by clicking on the
'SEND EMAIL NOW' button.

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.........shopping for fabrics in London


.........shopping for fabrics in London


SHOPPING FOR FABRICS IN LONDON. During this course which will appeal to anyone embarking on making their own clothes, Rowena will take you to different areas of London known for their fabric and haberdashery stores. With a group of no more than five, she will introduce you to her favourite suppliers, give you time to explore and offer you specialist advise should you wish to buy. You will be taught how to keep records of fabrics to go back to; calculate how much fabric you need; how to test for shrinkage and how to identify pure silks from synthetic imitations.

Each lesson will start at 10.00am over morning coffee, close to the shops to be visited that day, with the first introductory meeting taking place at Foyles Cafe in the old Saint Martins building on Charring Cross Road, where designers such as John Galliano and Alexander MacQueen once studied.

Especially appealing to anyone wanting to embark on making their own clothes, this course will also give visitors to London a chance to explore the city with a group of like-minded people.    


Price: £225.00 including morning coffee, a suppliers list, note book, pen and stapler. Travel costs are not included.

Dates: Three consecutive Wednesdays; Wednesday 26th April, Wednesday 3rd May and Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Lessons will start at 10.00am and end at 4.00 giving us time for a lunch break.


If you would like to book a place on this pop-up course or have any questions before booking,
please contact Rowena by completing the form at the bottom of this page and submit it by clicking on the
'SEND EMAIL NOW' button.

Fabric swatch record book by Rowena Luke-king.

If you would like to book a place on this pop-up course or have any questions before booking, 
please contact Rowena by completing the form at the bottom of this page and submit it by clicking on the
'SEND EMAIL NOW' button.


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