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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.

Using techniques from textile artist Kathleen Murphy’s practice, this course aims to encourage an experimental approach to hand stitch. Each week there will be a different topic to experiment with; Hide & Reveal Surfaces, Figurative Applique, Stitching into Space, Foreign Bodies, Fold, Tuck, Wrap. By the end of the course you will have a series of sampler pieces to refer to and inspire further experimentation with future projects. This is a stand-alone course but may...
West Sussex - Next course on 1st August 2019
Learn new textile art techniques on this 2 day course with artist Amanda Duke. This hand embroidery and textile collage course is perfect for anyone who is interested in experimenting with fabric and stitch in a relaxed yet productive environment. To start with you will create a variety of A4 sample fabric arrangements from patterned, plain, textured, smooth, coloured and neutral re-purposed fabrics. Abstract compositions will enable a complete focus on the visual elements shape,...
- Next course on 21st July 2019
This workshop will combine several techniques including wet felting, needle felting, the use of pre felts, couching, hand embroidery and/or free machine embroidery to make a beautiful, unique wall hanging. It is suitable for any ability from absolute beginner to the more experienced felt maker as well as being a great introduction to free machine embroidery for those who haven’t yet tried it. Using photographs or sketches as our source of inspiration we will begin...
Cumbria - Next course on 23rd September 2019
Make sketches, take photos or gather natural forms in the landscape that you can reinterpret into stitch. Enjoy working with colour and texture and creating layers and depth with appliqué. Add free-hand machine embroidery techniques and/or hand stitch and embellishment for definition & personal details. Some basic experience of sewing and using a machine is needed. You don’t need a sophisticated sewing machine for this technique – it is easy to pick up and fun...
A course aimed at simplifying and demystifying the possibilities of your sewing machine suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to seasoned embroiderers. Each week we will work on a different technique or idea from fabric collage to experimental patchwork. Jayne has been designing textiles for fashion and interiors for over twenty years and has a wealth of knowledge on how to push the boundaries of traditional sewing techniques. There will be plenty of inspirational...
The class allows students to learn the basics of Goldwork. Techniques to stitch the pearl purl will also be covered. The course will involve how to couch the passing and how to do essing with gold purl. You will also learn how to make the Diamond motifs with a silver smooth purl and how to do the loops to create the flower. The aim of this Goldwork class is to learn the basics of this...
Have you always wanted to learn the art of embroidery but have never been sure where to start? In this workshop, I will teach you how to set up a hoop, transfer designs onto fabric and what the best materials to use for hand embroidery are. You will learn some basic embroidery stitches on a 'sampler' which you can refer back to when stitching. We will play with scale, colour and shape to create different...
Cambridgeshire - Next course on 5th July 2019
Come and spend the day learning this beautiful, traditional, embroidery stitch of Kantha work. You can choose to stitch this stunning cockerel or bring a design of your own and Chris will show you how the stitches flow to create movement to make a real character of your chosen design.
Hand Stitching, Embroidery and Applique. Slow down and stitch for the day, be inspired and share ideas with like-minded people. You will work with small squares of fabric trying out different techniques, embroidery stitches and applying fabrics. The squares can then be patched worked together to create a wall hanging or picture. Throughout the day you will share ideas and create beautiful little squares which you can continue to create at home. You will need...
Over the course of the day you will be guided through a combination of simple stumpwork, applique and hand embroidery techniques to make a 3D bug brooch with wings. Bostini Bugs can be found flitting in and out of the shafts of sunlight which pierce the trees in the forest near the workshop of Murgatroyd & Bean. They are often brightly coloured, highly decorative bugs who would like nothing more than to sit on your...

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