A point to make

By / 23rd of September, 2014
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AN embroiderer best known for her needlework on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress will teach her intricate craft at a global convention in South Australia this week.

Jenny Adin-Christie will be in Adelaide to teach and speak at Beating Around The Bush International Needlework Convention (BATB), starting on Saturday 27 September.

Adin-Christie, a former student and Assistant Head of the commercial studio at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) in Surrey, England, currently works as an independent specialist embroiderer on a wide range of commissions for both institutions and private clients.

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Besides the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, she has embellished a set of baby garments for Prince George, worked on the Jubilee Banner for Buckingham Palace, and helped on the album cover design for Sir Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum.

She specializes in whitework, raised embroidery or stumpwork, and metal thread embroidery, which she teaches at RSN and at several guilds in the UK and internationally.

Adin-Christie is one of the 25 tutors from Australia, South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States attending the BATB Needlework Convention. They will teach more than 300 students from around the world.

The convention is hosted by Inspirations Magazine, a leading international embroidery magazine produced in Adelaide.

The unusual Beating Around The Bush name for the internationally acclaimed event stems from the convention’s country origins 24 years ago in a small South Australian town named Keith. The fair had a bush country theme with homemade jams and local honey in the handmade gift bags. The original organizers had no idea it would grow into a highly regarded event on the international needlework calendar.

Jenny Adin-Christie will be the guest speaker at the BATB gala dinner on Friday 3 October 2014.

She will provide an insight into her work as a professional embroiderer and highlight the wide-ranging commissions which she undertakes, including large ecclesiastical vestments and altar frontals through to minutely detailed items such as embellishing baby garments for Prince George and creating bespoke couture pieces for Alexander McQueen.

“The talk will fully illustrate the thought, design and technique processes involved in creating such significant pieces of embroidery," she says.

Fiona Fagan, the event organiser at BATB and Inspirations Magazine, says this will be the second time Adin-Christie has addressed the Convention because of her popularity.

“After her very entertaining and enlightening talk at the 2012 convention, we received many requests for her return,” says Fagan. “We are delighted to have such an excellent and generous speaker share her world of professional embroidery with us.”