GRACIAS – Needlelace with Knots – Adriana Torres 3 June 2024


The Artist

Adriana Torres, artist, illustrator and founder of Miga de Pan studied architecture and graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires.  (Instagram:  @soymigadepan)

Her label was selected by Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be part of the national pavilions at 100% Design London, Maison & Object Paris, and Pitti Bimbo in Italy representing Argentine design. She received the first prize in the national contest of artisans organized by the “National Fund for the Arts”, part of the Cultural National Secretary of Argentina in the category "Contemporary Textile Doll Making".

Adriana has taught several embroidery workshops worldwide.

She participated with her embroidery artworks at several collective art exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Paris and Leipzig.


The Workshop

In June 2023 in Ålborg Adriana came across a beautifully coloured foxglove and a bee entering a tulip. From this meeting, two characters emerged in a garden.

During this unique workshop you will learn how to embroider with knots to create high raised textures. This stumpwork technique was originally done using wooden tools that are no longer available. Adriana developed a way to reproduce this ancient technique without the need for those instruments.

The project in this class is embroidered almost entirely with stitches that are variations of the same stitch. Making this connection took her many years of study, experimentation and exploration. The course also includes two stitches created by Adriana, Japa Mala and Coffee Beans.

Another technique, also developed by Adriana, that you will learn in this class, is how to make a colour gradient applied to needle lace.

You will receive a printed fabric with the design inspired by her trip to Denmark, threads, needles and a handmade book with explanations of the stitches and key tips so you can finish the embroidery at home.

Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced. It is necessary to know how to embroider stem stitch and back stitch.

1 day workshop - 3 June 2024
10 - 4.30
£99 includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site or the  award winning farm shop.