Date(s) - May 1, 2017 - May 5, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Bookings are closed for this event.
Instructor: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin
Skill level: All levels welcome
This five day class is a great introduction to crewelwork as well as the design process. This is a unique class in that the design for this class has been provided by Anna Garris Goiser of Talliaferro Classic Needleart while the class itself will be taught by SNAD’s expert instructors, Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin. You can stitch the design as it is shown above or, working with your instructors you can choose a new colorway and redesign the stitch plan to make it your own. This is part of the fun of embroidery! By working the piece in this way, you will gain confidence in your own design abilities and you can take that confidence with you into the future.
Kit Contents: Design and diagrams, fabric, wool thread, needles
Equipment Needed: All materials are supplied; you may bring your own sewing kit if you like
About Anna Garris Goiser and Talliaferro Classic Needleart
Talliaferro is the fortuitous accidental product of Virginia-based surface designer, Anna Garris Goiser. She learned to sew and knit early on in order to initially design and make her own clothes, and then began designing for others, specializing in evening clothes and bridal wear. She began designing stage costumes while at university, eventually going on to costume both professional theatre and ballet companies. She later became enamored of crewel embroidery through the kits of the late Elsa Williams. The lovely traditional designs and the luscious wools and delicious linen simply called out to her fingers and she says she thinks she embroidered just about every item in the catalogue.
When Anna and a friend opened a lovely little needlework shop in Northern Virginia, she sought to offer some alternative to the ubiquitous counted cross stitch and searched for crewel projects she could carry in the shop that would be challenging and worth one’s time to create. She designed some small pieces to teach in introductory crewel classes in her shop, and remembered how much she had enjoyed the feel of the wools and linen, which led to designs created simply for her own pleasure.
She designed and launched www.talliaferro.com in 2009 to serve as an online portfolio to generate interest among needlework kit manufacturers in licensing her designs. “The website was pretty much by invitation only; nobody even knew it was there,” she says.
In January, 2011, an embroidery enthusiast stumbled upon the site and wrote of it in her blog, the story was picked up and featured by an internationally regarded embroidery educator, Mary Corbet, in her blog, and the website received almost 1400 hits in a 24-hour period from both individuals and retail needlework shops all over the world requesting patterns.
“Patterns? There were no patterns—I didn’t even have a product!” Anna exclaims. “I didn’t even know how to go about writing instructions, but I sat down at my Mac and went to work and tried to figure it out–fast.”
She published her first four patterns in April of 2011, and Talliaferro was born as a business. “Talliaferro has been a miracle to me,” Anna says. “I’m astounded, and humbled, the designs resonate for so many people in so many cultures around the world. I’ve found that I love creating designs that make it easy for needleartists to inject as much of their own personal creativity into them as they want, in terms of color scheme, materials, and stitching technique. Crewel is the stuff of heirlooms, and heirlooms are personal. It is so gratifying to be able to contribute to the creation of significant, timeless, and treasured works.”