British Clothing 1066 to Present Day
Embroidery

Study the fashionable embroidery of the 18th century and create your own designs as you learn the backstitch technique. Design a bag and embroider it. Find out how pockets, reticules (drawstring handbags) 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!

Session 1 What is embroidery?

Objectives

History

  • Study an aspect or theme in British history (clothing) that extends childrens’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Design and Technology

  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • Learn how embroidery has been used through the ages to decorate items of clothing.
  • Learn back stitch and embroider a crewelwork design.

Children will:

  • Learn what is meant by embroidery and how it has been used to decorate clothing through the ages.
  • Understand what is meant by crewelwork embroidery and how it was fashionable in the 18th century.
  • Learn to do back stitch embroidery.
  • Draw a design on a felt pattern piece and embroider it in back stitch.

You Will Need

  • Felt rectangles (30 x 23cm) 1 per child
  • About 20 skeins of 6 stand embroidery thread (e.g. Anchor or DMC) - 50cm in length
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fine tipped permanent markers
  • Embroidery needles
  • Plastic zip wallet for each child
  • 4cm strips cut from A4 card

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 2 Embroidered pockets, pouches and reticules

Objectives

History

  • Study an aspect or theme in British history (clothing) that extends children’s’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Design and Technology

  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • Learn how small personal items were carried by men and women in the early and late 18th century.
  • Learn star stitch and embroider a crewelwork design using coloured threads on felt to create an 18th century style drawstring bag.

Children will:

  • Recap on their knowledge of embroidery in the 18th century by playing a quiz game.
  • Learn how pockets, reticules & pouches were used by 18th century ladies and gentlemen to carry small personal items.
  • Learn to do Star Stitch embroidery.
  • Continue to embroider a felt 18th century style drawstring bag.
  • Learn the nursery rhyme “Lucy Locket Lost her Pocket”.
  • Play an active game to help reinforce the learning on 18th century pockets.

You Will Need

  • Felt bags and practice strips of felt begun in session 1
  • Embroidery threads cut into 50cm lengths (as session 1)
  • Fabric scissors
  • A large space, e.g. hall, gym or playground
  • An empty cloth drawstring bag, e.g. P.E. bag

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 Finishing our embroidered drawstring bags

Objectives

History

  • Study an aspect or theme in British history (clothing) that extends children’s chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Design and Technology

  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • Learn more about 18th century costume and discover how the pineapple came to be a highly fashionable design motif in 18th century design.
  • Learn blanket stitch and finish embroidering an 18th century style drawstring bag.

Children will:

  • Recap on knowledge of 18th century costumes and reticules.
  • Discover how the pineapple became a highly fashionable motif in the 18th century.
  • Learn to do blanket stitch and use it to stitch around their drawstring bag.
  • Thread the finished bag with a ribbon drawstring.

You Will Need

  • Bag template
  • Fine marker pen
  • Felt bags (with pre-cut ribbon slits) and practice strips of felt begun in session 1
  • Embroidery threads cut into 50cm lengths (as session 1)
  • Fabric scissors
  • 50cm lengths of coloured narrow ribbon (anything less than 10mm) 1 per child.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.