surface embellishment (cording)

The corded quilting technique also know as Marseilles Embroidery or Marcella is a method used to create motifs and patterns
incorporating multiple layers of fabric and cord. Use this traditional technique and apply it to your contemporary designs to
create a rich surface for your lavish gowns.

This is a full day workshop divided into two segments. Firstly, spend the morning learning about the technique and creating
three designs of your own, machine or hand sewing them and inserting the cords. After lunch, you will work on a fourth sample
to refine your new skills and further explore the possibilities of the techniques.

Saturday 18th of April 10 – 4pm.



Rosanna Ford trained in fashion design and print at Central Saint Martins College in London. She has worked for fashion houses
on four continents, including Diane von Furstenberg in New York, where she designed embellishments for clothing and accessories.
Following her studies she spent time working in India, designing textiles using traditional Indian techniques, and working with
local craftspeople. 

Rosanna learnt and refined the technique of corded quilting during her studies, and after falling in love with the look of cording,
has produced fashion collections showcasing its possibilities. In 2010 she was commissioned by the Turner Prize winning artist
Grayson Perry, to make a garment incorporating cording. The finished opera coat featured fluorescent climbing rope and was
inspired by Japanese rope bondage and astrology.