Welcome to the wonderful, textured, technique of Mountmellick work. It is a whitework method developed in Ireland during the 19th Century. Traditionally it is worked on closely woven white cotton satin ‘jean’ with white cotton thread and has the following characteristics:-
1. It is always white-on-white.
2. It has contrast:- [a] smooth satin stitch against padded and knotted stitchery
[b] Cotton satin fabric, matte cotton thread.
3. The absence of eyelets or open work.
4. Natural floral design, fairly large in scale.
5. Buttonholed and fringed edges.
Please bring the following items:-
General sewing equipment to include embroidery scissors and chenille needles.
A frame – either tambour (round) and/or a slate frame (square) size 8” or 10” or 12”
Crochet cotton, to lace fabric to frame if using a slate frame.
Pre-washed closely woven heavy duty white cotton fabric (Twill or cotton sateen or satin jean) to fit frame
A variety of white cotton threads, i.e., Perle 3, 5, 8 and 12, coton a broder 16, 20, 25, embroidery soft, etc. etc., if you already have them. Mountmellick thread if you have it.
Tracing paper. }
Pencil, } OR Blue water soluble fabric marker pen.
Dressmakers carbon }
A pair of number 10 or 12 knitting needles (old size – or metric equivalent) (I’m not sure of metric sizes)
Pat will have the following for sale on the day:-
Heavy duty cotton satin fabric suitable for Mountmellick work from £5 upwards
A few yarns from £1 upwards
Photocopied sheets of stitches, instructions and designs.
Square/oblong frames on which to work from £2 upwards.
Copies of my book at £8.95.
All the above prices are liable to change depending on market prices at the time of class.
Fabric suitable for Mountmellick work, and Mountmellick matte cotton threads can be obtained from Empress Mills on www.empressmills.co.uk
Or a beginners/sample pack, as well as suitable fabric by the metre, can be obtained from Mace and Nairn at www.maceandnairn.com