2 Day Workshop with Alison Snepp - 1st and 2nd June 2019 -Choice of Rabari-Style Embroidery OR Wessex Embroidery
2 Day Workshop with Alison Snepp - 1st and 2nd June 2019 -Choice of Rabari-Style Embroidery OR Wessex Embroidery
2 Day Workshop with Alison Snepp - 1st and 2nd June 2019 -Choice of Rabari-Style Embroidery OR Wessex Embroidery

2 Day Workshop with Alison Snepp - 1st and 2nd June 2019 -Choice of Rabari-Style Embroidery OR Wessex Embroidery

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The Rabari people of Kutch and Gujarat in India have a very rich embroidery tradition and the techniques used in this workshop with Alison Snepp on the 1st and 2nd June 2019 are some of their simple and most effective ones.

Students will make a workbag that will hold all the supplies needed to take to class and will stand up for easy access.  The bag is 30 cm x 30 cm at the base and 29 cm high (excluding handles)

 The embroidery is worked on cotton fabric with appliqué touches of coloured fabric and mirrors with simple embroidery threads. 

 There is some preparation to be done prior to the workshop, which is suitable for intermediate to advanced embroiderers.


Wessex embroidery is an English form of stitchery that was popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  It is a counted thread technique in which colour and texture are the main elements.  Most of the stitches used are those associated with surface stitchery embroidery.  Alison studied Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth’s collection of Wessex Embroidery at Gawthorpe Hall in the UK in November 2014 and will have photographs of her work with her to inspire students at the workshop.

Students will embroider a journal or book cover.  Alison mounted a sheet of handmade paper on top of her main cover fabric and then placed evenweave linen on top of the paper.  Then she embroidered through all three layers by counting the fabric threads on the linen.  When the embroidery was complete she withdrew the evenweave linen thread by thread leaving the embroidery appearing to be stitched through the paper and main cover fabric only.

 Students may use this technique or may simply work their journal cover directly onto evenweave linen.  The embroidery may be worked on any count of linen and recommended threads are a skein of hand-dyed variegated silk thread and five or six skeins of stranded cotton in the colours of the variegated thread.  The cover may be made to fit an A4 or B5 sized journal or book.

 This is a two-day workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced embroiderers.  Each student’s cover will be different.

As with all of our classes morning/afternoon tea  and lunch are provided - please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Tuition fee is $215.00 for two days plus requirements.

Please confirm your place in this workshop with a deposit of $50.00 as class numbers are limited to 12. Final payment is required by the 1st April 2019 due to airline bookings being made. 

Workshops at Allthreads are limited in size to a maximum of 12 students. We are happy to take expressions of interest where the workshop details are not yet finalised however once they are finalised and open for enrolment, your place is not guaranteed without full or part payment.

Please consider carefully which workshops you wish to enrol for as all deposits paid are non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by Allthreads. The complete fee must be paid before the workshop and dates for final payments are set out above. We can arrange a Payment Plan for you if this is of benefit to you.

If a workshop is cancelled by Allthreads, all tuition fees paid including all deposits will be fully refunded. If for any reason you cancel after the final date for payment, you are liable for the full fee unless we can fill your place from a waiting list. If we can fill your place, we will refund all fees paid except the non-refundable deposit. Any unsold places will be filled first before filling spots made available by cancellation. There is no guarantee that your place can be resold. We are happy for you to make your own arrangements for someone else to attend in your place.  

These arrangements have been put in place to benefit everyone involved as last minute cancellations have an adverse impact on the tutors, the shop and fellow students especially if a class has to be cancelled at the 11th hour 

Please note that the projects and designs taught at Allthreads remain the property of the designer/teacher and cannot be photocopied or reproduced in any manner or taught without their express permission.