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.........A HANDFUL OF LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE


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.........A HANDFUL OF LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE


Unless otherwise stated, these short professional 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 course description. Places are confirmed on receipt of full payment. 

If you would like to enrol or have any questions before booking, please email rowena@rowenalukeking.co.uk or complete and send the form at the bottom of this page.


New courses are added as they become available,
so please do keep an eye on this page and/or subscribe to mailing list.

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.........the future of fashion is hand sewn


.........the future of fashion is hand sewn


In the words of Lidewij Edolkoort "The exodus of fashion will change the landscape of what is the culture of clothes. My hunch is that we will see the comeback of couture as a major benefit. After all it is in the atelier of couture that we will find the laboratory of this labour of love"  Trend Union, Anti_Fashion Manifesto.


COUTURE HAND SEWING Parts 1, 2 and 3 will introduce you to the timeless art of stitching garments by hand as you use vintage dress patterns that have been adapted and reduced to quarter-scale, to make a miniature summer dress, a 'little black dress' and a wedding dress.


PART 1 - THE SUMMER DRESS. During this beginners hand sewing course you will create a stitch-chart sampler and be introduced to a series of small projects to continue whilst practicing and perfecting your stitches at home. Using a Liberty Tana Lawn print, you will be shown how to layout and cut your quarter-scale summer dress pattern in fabric; mark the bodice dart positions with tailors tacks and begin by stitching and bagging-out the patch pockets; stitching and neatening the skirt seams and working a tramline of gathering stitches to the waist. You will learn how to fold out and stitch the bodice darts; insert a tiny, doll size, centre back zip; use a slip stitch to blind hem the skirt and an overcast stitch to shell hem the petticoat lining.

You will be expected to work on your summer dress between lessons and as a feature of Couture Hand Sewing Part 1 you will be shown how to make your own quarter-scale tailors dummy to display your ‘little summer dress on’.

Dates: Five Alternate Fridays; 27th September, 11th & 25th October, 8th & 22nd November 2019. Maximum 3 students.

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

Price: £425.00 including equipment and materials.

If you would like to book a place on this course or have any questions before booking,
please contact Rowena by completing and sending the form at the bottom of this page.


PART 2 - THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS. During this intermediate hand sewing course you will learn how to work with more luxurious fabrics as you create in quarter-scale a fully lined, long black sheath dress.

You will be shown how to fit your dress to the miniature tailors dummy that you made in Part 1; insert a lapped, centre back zip and use buttonhole stitch attach and cover a tiny hook and eye closure at the top. You will learn how to make rouleau loops for it’s straps and complete the course by roll-hemming an optional, miniature chiffon shawl accessory.

Think Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Marilyn Monroe in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blonds’ and depending on how quickly you work, you may choose to make, in a different colour, a second dress from the same adapted vintage dress pattern.

In order to complete this project, as with Couture Hand Sewing Part 1, you will be expected to work on your ‘little black dress’ between lessons.

Dates: Five Alternate Saturdays; 5th & 19th October, 2nd, 16th & 30th November. Maximum 3 students.

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

Price: £425.00 including equipment and materials

To qualify for Couture Hand Sewing Part 2, you must first complete Couture Hand Sewing Part 1


PART 3  - THE WEDDING DRESS. Building on what you have learnt in Couture Hand Sewing Parts 1 and 2, during this advanced hand sewing course you will make a classic, floor length 1950s/60’s style couture wedding dress, from a vintage pattern that has been adapted and reduced to quarter-scale.

You will fit your wedding dress to the miniature tailors dummy that you made in Part 1; will be shown how to hold it’s shape by attaching ‘Crin’ to the hem and train; add tulle to the underskirt for extra fullness and add padding at the bust. You will be introduced to decorative techniques such as beaded and applique lace and fasten your dress at the back with a row of tiny rouleau loops and hand stitched fabric buttons.

In order to complete this project, as with Couture Hand Sewing Part 1 and 2, you will be expected to work on your ‘wedding dress’ between lessons.

Dates: Five Alternate Sundays; 6th & 20th Oct, 3rd & 17th Nov, 1st Dec 2019. Maximum 3 students.

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

Price: £475.00 including equipment and materials.

To qualify for Couture Hand Sewing Part 3, you must first complete Couture Hand Sewing Part 2


If you would like to book a place on either of these courses or have any questions before booking,
please contact Rowena by completing and sending the form at the bottom of this page.

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


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


EMBROIDERED WHITEWORK FOR FASHION

Designed for people who already have competent hand embroidery skills, during this course you will create a reference book of techniques and stitches developed throughout history and across the globe to make precious, heirloom items such as a brides trousseau or a christening robe.

Vintage needle-woven lace with Tenerife wheels.

You will be introduced to needle-weaving as you create samples of embroidered tulle, drawn thread work and Tenerife lace. You will experiment with insertion stitches, appliqué and hand quilting and perfect a series of more advanced raised stitches, to create relief on both opaque and transparent fabrics.

As a feature of this course you will learn how to design and embroider within a specific garment shape, set-up and work on a small 'slate-frame' and use tea and coffee to dye different tints of white.

Dates: four-day weekend; Dates to be confirmed. Maximum 3 students.
Lessons start at 10.30am and finish at 5.15 pm allowing for a 30 minute lunch break. 

Price: £425.00 including equipment and materials.

If you haven't done embroidery before, Embroidery Level 1 at CSM is the perfect introduction for this course.

If you would like to book a place on this course or have any questions before booking,
please contact Rowena by completing and sending the form at the bottom of this page.

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.........A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER


.........A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER


EMBROIDERED NEEDLEPOINT FOR FASHION. During this course you will be introduced to different styles of traditional needlepoint including Florentine and Plush Work as you embroider and make a small, kiss-clasp coin purse.

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

Starting with a simple Tent 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 attach beads for Victorian Beadpoint; Shisha mirrors for a more eclectic 'on trend' look.

With a choice of transfer images specifically designed to fit the pattern for your kiss-clasp purse frame, you will learn how to use the colour wheel as you choose the threads for your final piece. You will learn how to block and steam your work back into shape once embroidered; stitch your purse fabrics together, insert a lining and attach your kiss-clasp frame.  No Previous experience is needed for this course.

A four-day weekend; 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th April 2019 (full). New dates to be confirmed.
Lessons start at 10.30am and finish at 5.15 pm allowing for a 30 minute lunch break. 

Price: £425.00 including equipment and materials.

If you would like to book a place on this course or have any questions before booking,
please contact Rowena by completing and sending the form at the bottom of this page.

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.........don't miss out


.........don't miss out


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