Natalie Dupuis holds a Masters Degree in Education and has taught as a classroom teacher and a teacher trainer in Toronto, Paris, and London where she lived abroad for many years. After having children she combined her love for teaching and her passion for embroidery and now teaches Metalwork and surface embroidery at various locations in Montreal. She has trained part time at the Royal School of Needlework and has enjoyed learning at national seminars. She has recently enjoyed accolades for her original design and has been invited to teach at Canada’s annual Embroidery Seminar as well as for the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. Natalie’s main interest is Goldwork embroidery and she is currently researching historic techniques in this area. She has two preschool children at home who inspire her to be creative and pass on the love of needle arts. Natalie is involved in Waldorf education which values nature, creativity and of course handwork of all sorts.
Two Day Course (October 27-29, 2018): For the love of colour, this colour wheel done in the Goldwork Embroidery technique of Italian Shading is a feast your eyes. It has 12 stunning shades of Pipers filament silk and is worked with tiny needles in the round over silver passing on white silk. In this intermediate level course, students will explore pencil crayon colouring on fabric, learn to manage many needles at the same time, wrap koma, and perfect their couching, chipping, and wrapping overstretched pearl purl. Students have the option to work their design as a circle or as a rectangular flag.
One Day Course (November 3, 2018): In this taster Goldwork class for beginners, students will create a sweet little snail taking its time as it travels along with a fantastical steampunk twist. The class will cover couching of Pearl Purl, Rococco, and Passing, applying spangles, beads, and gears, sinking threads, and creating a section of grass with various specialty green metal and cotton threads. Students will enjoy working on top quality Linen Twill from Scotland as they play with the bling of Goldwork materials and use their puzzle making skills to piece together gears in the shell of the snail. A fun introduction to an ancient technique.