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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.

£135
London
Beginners Goldwork Embroidery - Evening Course This course takes you through 4 gold work techniques and two raising techniques. Week 1: Any Wednesday of your choice 6.30pm - 8.30pm. This class will show you how to prepare your artwork for gold work embroidery with the traditional prick and pounce technique. After this preparation you will be shown edging stitches with Pearle Purl and be filling this area with bright check chips. Week 2: Any Wednesday...
£65
Somerset
Goldwork has been used extensively over the centuries on ecclesiastical vestments, as well as on military uniforms, flags and banners. During the late 12th and mid 14th centuries the artisans of England produced particularly excellent embroidered work using silk and gold threads. This period was known as Opus Anglicanum. Learn this traditional technique in the comfy surroundings of Liz's home in Somerset.  You will be taught how to apply padding using felt, when to wax...
£75
West Midlands - Next course on 24th March 2019
A great introduction to the art of canvas work, but also fantastic if you want to finesse your skills and learn different applications of the craft. The workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike In this workshop you will Learn six different canvas work stitches Use different canvas types and counts Create a fantastic canvas work compendium that you will refer to again and again See how these newly learned stitches can bring...
£255
Worcestershire
IDC are working in association with Leicester College to bring you a range of Level 1 City & Guilds Awards and Certificates. This course is for a Level 1 Award in Hand Embroidery Techniques. You will learn the basics of hand embroidery techniques and produce samples. The Award includes 30 guided teaching hours. Many students use the Award to start a career in the heritage industry which is increasingly looking for skilled and qualified embroiderers....
£1100
Worcestershire
IDC are working in association with Leicester College to bring you a range of Level 1 City & Guilds Awards and Certificates. This course is for a Level 1 Certificate in Hand Embroidery Techniques. You will learn how to embroider, make samples and develop heritage hand craft skills which are increasingly in demand. You will produce a sample book of your work. The Certificate includes 120 guided teaching hours. The Certificate usually retails at £1580,...
£60
West Midlands - Next course on 4th April 2019
A great class if you are interested in colour or even a little afraid of it! Using a simple cushion stitch we will create a work of art in a colour mix of your own choice using Appletons Crewel wools. For the first hour we will look at colour and resonance and then create your won wool blend. The following two hours will see you finishing a unique work of stitched art, whilst we will...
£60
Devon - Next course on 30th March 2019
During this workshop we will cover some simple hand embroidery techniques and stitches, enjoy the process of slow stitching and seeing a design come to life. Annie has created a fabulous collection of embroidery kits and downloadable pattern designs that can be used as starting points for your unique contemporary embroidery. Many of these will be available for use on the workshop. You will learn how to transfer images to fabric and you could even...
£60
Devon - Next course on 4th May 2019
Come and enjoy a day of freehand machine embroidery with Annie Morris. Annie has been creating work with freehand or 'freemotion' embroidery for 20 years! Start your day learning the basics and create lots of samples to refer to. There is definitely a knack to this fascinating technique. You will need to bring your own machine and leads as it is better for you to learn on your own machine. As long as you can...
£389
Berkshire - Next course on 21st June 2019
We are delighted to have teamed up with Craft Sanctuary to bring you this embroidery retreat. Taking place in the picturesque Beaumont Estate, close to Old Windsor, this 2-night escape is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill or indulge in your favourite hobby. Take part in four workshops across the weekend with Royal School of Needlework qualified tutor, Kate Barlow. The pretty design you will be working on uses crewel...
£120
Gloucestershire
Based on her own free-style approach to embroidery, textile artist Kathleen Murphy will guide you through the pleasures of ‘doodling’ with needle and thread. This course aims to dispel the ‘stuffiness’ sometimes associated with hand embroidery and encourage a more experimental approach by taking a sideways look at techniques Through a series of samplers, each week you will concentrate on a different topic or technique, which will be brought together as a cloth book in...