Customising Cloth: class pics, 1st/2nd October

Some images from the Customising Cloth course, (at the Royal School of Needlework, 1st/ 2nd Oct 2011). We had a great time playing with lots of different things. Thanks to students B and K whose work appears in the pictures.

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Carrickmacross by machine

Caroline’s been experimenting with making carrickmacross style lace by machine – if you like free machine embroidery, have a go at making your own royal wedding dress inspired lace:

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Royal Wedding dress to go on display.

As we both worked on this project as part of the RSN team which made the lace, we’re excited that everyone gets another chance to see it. It’s on display at Buckingham Palace from 23rd July to 3rd October.

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Royal Wedding Dress

Both Caroline and Sarah, who form Twin Needle, were delighted to be involved with the Royal School of Needlework team who stitched the lace on Kate Middleton’s (now the Duchess of Cambridge) wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton. And now it is to go on public view at Buckingham Palace this summer. It was a great project to be involved with, and we’re pleased that everyone will have an opportunity to admire the craftsmanship more closely.

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Technique: Stencilling

I stencilled this design in dark blue fabric paint onto linen fabric.


1. Draw out your design onto card, and cut out with a craft knife. Remember to leave joining bars between areas of the design – this gives stencils their strength and characteristic look. Continue reading

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Project 3: Silk flower

Clothes with flower embellishments are all the craze at the moment, so why not have a go at your own and spice up a tired looking wardrobe item?

You can use any small pieces of fabric you like. This one is made from some scrap pieces of shot silk.

1) Cut your fabric into squares of the same size and fold in half point to point (each square will be one petal so think about how big this will look overall).

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Project 2: Jazz up a crochet cardigan.

Custom crochet purple flower embellishmentThis crochet cardigan wcustom-crochet-purple-flower-finishedas turned into a waistcoat by removing the sleeves, and then brightened up with a fabric flower. Continue reading

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Project 1: Two old T-shirts make one new

Purple shirtTake two old t-shirts, with worn areas and combine them to make one new shirt, dressed up with removable collar and cuffs in contrasting material.  I used a raglan-sleeved pattern (I took one from another long sleeved top I like) and cut thePurple shirt pieces out of the shirts. I used the v-necked maroon shirt to cut the body out of, and the purple shirt which was round-necked for the sleeves. Continue reading

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Customising Cloth: Class details

A flower here, a flower there...October 1st & 2nd 2011 at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court, UK

Tired of your textiles? Bored of your clothes? Learn how to revive them and turn something old into something new! This class will introduce you to different ways of customising your garments and furnishings, and stamp them with your style. Learn to assess your clothes and furnishings for their potential; gain the skills and ideas to make the changes.

Some techniques we will be covering:

  • Block printing and stenciling
  • Fabric manipulation – Flowers, leaves and Suffolk puffs
  • Embellishing with beads, sequins and buttons
  • Decorative bindings
  • Applique
  • Construction of simple accessories and furnishings Continue reading
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Welcome to Twin needle

Chinese Proverb: ‘It is not economical to go to bed early to save candles if the result is twins’

Unless….they go on to develop the longer lasting candle!

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