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Hand embroidery courses

Find hand embroidery courses, classes and workshops taught all across the UK. Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric with threads using a variety of stitches in many colours. In the good old days, we learned the basics of simple hand embroidery like chain stitch, blanket stitch and cross stitch as a matter of course, but even these are not taught in many schools now. Embroidery is an ancient craft with dating back to the 5th Century BC. Embroidery is a skill that demands patience and attention to detail and it brings forth long-lasting works of art that are infused with these creative qualities. If you would like to learn hand embroidery please browse our many courses and workshops and be inspired by an expert embroidery teacher who will share their skill with you.

£75
Greater Manchester
Get an introduction to Haute Couture embroidery in our weekend workshop. Learn the technique of Tambour Beading which is widely used in International Catwalks including Chanel, Christian Dior and Valentino. Knowledge of this technique presents many possibilities when creating embroidery pieces. The first part of the class will be to learn the chainstitch on a transparent organza with the hook in the four directions. The second part of the class will be the introduction of...
£20
Derbyshire
Weekly creative embroidery classes on Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12 noon during term time. Run by Sheffield based textile artist Dawn Ireland who is a practicing artist with over 20 years experience working in textiles and embroidery. The classes are relaxed & informal, where you can experiment with hand and/or free-machine embroidery, and gain lots of ideas and inspiration. They are suitable for anyone, from those who would like to have a go at...
£30
Warwickshire - Next course on 27th July 2019
Wet felting is a method of producing felt from wool and other fibres. Warm soapy water is applied to layers of wool tops. Repeated agitation and compression causes the fibres to hook together to create a single piece of fabric. You will really enjoy creating a beautiful picture using an amazing array of colours. Once the work has dried you will be able to hand or machine embroider on top to further enhance your work...
£650
- Next course on 7th July 2019
Edwina Mackinnon Explore, Respond, Create Inspiration is all around us so when visiting a beautiful new environment it is always exciting to respond to it and use it as inspiration for designing and developing new work. Who knows where it will lead? This type of creativity is always an exciting proposition. During the week you will be able to experiment with different techniques to produce your own unique textiles based on your response to the...
£110
Cheshire
Over the two days I will guide you through the creative process, beginning with your chosen subject we will explore your individual development of ideas through gathering resources and sketching (don't worry, no-one has to be Picasso) With the application of free-machine stitching, painting, applique and hand stitching you will gradually develop your artwork into a piece of original and unique textile art. These 2-day workshops take place in Joanne's studio at her home in...
£180
Cumbria
Over three days we will create a beautiful hand embroidered beetle – you will learn goldwork, silk shading and various surface stitches and will work on white linen. Come and enjoy brushing up on your embroidery skills or learn some new techniques - the class is suitable for beginners or those with some experience. At the end of the course you will have learnt several traditional embroidery techniques, some tricks of the trade and will...
£150
Somerset
Join us for a fun two day workshop to learn the delicate art of Goldwork Embroidery. This workshop is designed for those who have a basic knowledge of embroidery and want to create a stunning piece of Goldwork embroidery using real gold and gold thread. The classes are no bigger than 4 to ensure that everyone is able to have individual help and guidance and enables students to work at their own speed.
£30
Warwickshire - Next course on 14th September 2019
Needle felting is a process using barbed needles to mat woollen fibres to felt. Once felting is complete you can either hand embroider or machine embroider on top of the felt to further enhance your design. During the session you will work on creating a picture - you may not complete the picture during the 2 hours but you will be well on your way to creating a beautiful piece of art. During the course...
£50
York - Next course on 10th July 2019
They’re back in fashion! Learn to up-cycle clothes and furnishings with visible mending, hand stitching, darning, appliqué and patches. Bring a garment or cushion to transform, or make decorative on-trend denim patches to apply at home. Learn a range of hand-stitches to create your own, unique designs. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes. Duttons for Buttons Heritage Workshops run from 10am-4pm and teach contemporary skills & their history. Cost: £50 per class/place (£90 for 2...
£6195
- Next course on 9th June 2020
Join Pat Archibald on Stitchtopia’s first tour to China - an enchanting land of contrasts whose textile traditions can be traced back thousands of years. This unique 14-night tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience China’s iconic sights including the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors and Shanghai’s futuristic skyline, whilst immersing yourself in the fascinating culture, customs and exquisite textile heritage of extraordinary dynasties.

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