Embroidery Workshop for Beginners

Learn the basics of embroidery during this two-day workshop for beginners inspired by samplers.

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  • Languages

    Dutch & English
  • Pricing for 2 days

    • €150: Adult
    • €125: Young adult up to 25
    • €125: MoMu Friend / Circle
    • €40: UITpass / A Card holder with reduction

    Includes inspiration visit to the collection presentation and coffee/tea/water

  • Number of participants

    Minimum 7, maximum 10 participants

A sampler is more than just a piece of fabric decorated with stitches and patterns, it is a tangible piece of history and an expression of creativity and skill. During this two-day workshop, you will explore the rich tradition of samplers and get to work yourself with needle and thread. You will develop skills and explore new techniques within this wonderful craft.

During the first day you will learn about basic embroidery stitches. Curious about variations on these basic stitches? You will also learn more about different types of thread, combining stitches for interesting textures and adding pearls. The second day is devoted to ajour embroidery, making corded holes and the open hem stitch.

Example sampler
Sampler, ca. 1890-1920
Study Collection MoMu, Photo: Stany Dederen

Kenny Damian is a textile restorer and freelance embroiderer. She has studied various hand embroidery techniques such as aari embroidery, Kutch (India) embroidery, gold and bead embroidery and needlepoint lace. She has learned these techniques and skills directly from embroiderers and through classes at home and abroad. She applies the techniques to herself or in combination with others and does so for both contemporary and historical designs.

Because I find it important not only to preserve the objects, but also not to lose the knowledge and the different techniques in which they were made, I started to learn different embroidery techniques.

Kenny Damian

The lunch break is scheduled between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM. There are various options for lunch in the local vicinity, including MoMu Café.


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