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Enquire About AvailabilityContemporary Machine Embroidery

Saturday 3-10 August 2019with Louise Gardiner

About the Workshop

We’re delighted to offer a contemporary machine embroidery workshop with designer-maker Louise Gardiner.  A passionate ambassador of stitch, Louise's embroidered illustrations, commemorative quilts and large-scale artworks showcase the highest level of craft and technique.

During this workshop you’ll create a unique embroidered portrait measuring approx 50 x 60cms.  Using a domestic sewing machine and thread you’ll learn to draw freely on canvas and discover the versatility of contemporary embroidery and its potential for innovation.
 
A workshop with Louise Gardiner is like no other.  Energetic and fun, it may begin with movement and dancing (sometimes even a small glass of sherry!) to help break the ice and free up your creativity in preparation for a session of mark making with pencil, biro and marker pen.
 
For the next step you’ll work on your blank canvas using black thread to stitch marks around the edge of your canvas to form a frame for your work. You’ll learn to machine stitch using a free motion embroidery foot and gain confidence as you practice and complete this stage. 
 
Then it’s back to the drawing board to work on your portrait before beginning the most exciting part of Louise’s process:  the application of colour, embellishment and embroidery.  Louise’s skill with machine embroidery is unrivalled and she will demonstrate all her key techniques including layering paints, applique and intense stitching until your work is shimmers with depth and character.
 
All that remains is to finish the edges of your artwork then you can sit back and take in all that you achieved during the week. 
During the week there will also be a visit to the nearby atmospheric Sunday morning food and craft market in St Antonin-Noble-Val, the medieval town where the films Charlotte Gray and The Hundred Foot Journey were filmed.
 
Some previous experience of working with a free motion embroidery foot would be an advantage, however Louise welcomes beginners.

Louise Gardiner

Louise Gardiner is an experienced teacher who has completed  a huge variety of both public, commercial and private projects and commissions. She has created quilts for Liberty, exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and designed campaigns for companies including Pukka Herbs.  She has exhibited in France, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Australia and India. 
 
In 2016, she launched a range of luxury silk and velvet fabrics, using high-resolution photography and digital printing to create scarves, pillows, poufs, kimonos and jumpsuits from her designs.

www.lougardiner.co.uk

You all made me feel so welcome and totally at home. The Chateau far exceeded my expectations. I hope this will be my first of many visits. Christine B, Australia

Read more testimonials here


Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available from: Single occupancy ensuite bedroom: 2950E: Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2800E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom: 2650E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom from: 2250E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 1400E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 550E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport
  • We require you to take out insurance before travelling to Chateau Dumas in case of unforeseen circumstances that may require you to cancel your attendance
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 7 participants

Workshop:
Contemporary Machine Embroidery with Louise Gardiner

Starts on:
03 August 2019

Length:
7 Days

Prices From: 2250 Euro

Non-Participating Partner Price: 1400 Euro


Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available from: Single occupancy ensuite bedroom: 2950E: Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2800E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom: 2650E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom from: 2250E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 1400E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 550E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport
  • We require you to take out insurance before travelling to Chateau Dumas in case of unforeseen circumstances that may require you to cancel your attendance
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 7 participants

Because of nature of our workshops, and the small number of places available, we will need to manage orders personally. If you are interested joining us on this workshop, please fill in the details below and we will get in touch shortly.