British Clothing 1066 to Present Day

Block D - Embroidery

Study the history of clothing in Britain from 1066 through to the present day. Learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of this aspect of social history in Britain. Finish your topic by meeting a design challenge brief and putting on a catwalk show!

Discover the fashionable embroidery of the 18th Century and create your own designs as you learn backstitch embroidery, design a bag and embroider it. Discover how pockets, reticules and pouches were used in the 18th century and add detail to your own designs. Discover the significance of the pineapple in 18th century design!

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: What is embroidery?

Learn about crewelwork embroidery and how this was very fashionable in the 18th Century; learn backstitch embroidery; design a bag and embroider it in backstitch.

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02: Embroidered pockets, pouches and reticules

Discover how pockets, reticules and pouches were used in the 18th century; embroider your felt 18th century bag with star stitch; play an active game to reinforce your learning about 18th century pockets.

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03: Finishing our embroidered drawstring bags

Recap your knowledge of 18th century costumes and reticules; discover how the pineapple became a fashionable design motif in the 18th century; finish your drawstring bag with blanket stitch and a ribbon.