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Embroidering Into Jewelry

In this demo-focused virtual course students will explore various fiber techniques for embellishing jewelry, both traditional and non-traditional. We will discuss what materials we can use and why, ways to prepare our fabric, and how to plan out our designs. Students will learn ways to stabilize their pieces, either by soldering a frame, piercing and sawing, or using alternative found objects for stability. To round out the end of the course, Nanette will teach ways to finish embroidered pieces via tab and prong settings or how to make do with a cold connection in the event students don’t have access to a torch.

Meet the instructor

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Nanette is a queer, Jamaican American artist and jewelry designer born in Florida. She went on to study in Quito, Boston, and Florence. After graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2015 with her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Nanette has been exploring her practice within her brand, Hew Jewelry, founded in 2016, splitting her time between New England and Florida.

Her work is shaped by the materials she is attracted to as she often finds herself captivated by an object simply because of her encounter with it. Whether that object be found on the street, meticulously crafted by her own two hands, or grown in nature, she finds that experience can be carried forward by the wearer, through the act of making something beautiful out of the unconventional.

Materials & Tools

A list of suggested supplies that will be used for course demonstrations and objectives can be found by clicking HERE. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is encouraged but not required - observers are more than welcome. Any questions regarding the linked materials should be addressed directly to the instructor. 


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