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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
Worcestershire - Next course on 19th May 2019
This is a lovely creative embroidery workshop for those of you who would like to come and play for a day. You will work on a small piece of good quality linen as a base fabric. You will choose your colour scheme first then select  fragments of fabric and lace, snipping and tearing to stitch interesting backgrounds. Then using Julie's mini books as inspiration, will choose your stitches and add different flowers onto each of...
£102
London - Next course on 22nd June 2019
Explore ways of drawing with thread including hand and machine stitch, Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience. You do not need to be able to draw! Who is this course for The students will not need any previous knowledge, experience or skills. They will just need an interest in expressing themselves through textile and using stitch in a contemporary way. What does this course cover Students will explore various ways of drawing...
£44
Online & Cumbria
A great 1 day course for those wishing to learn the art of Blackwork Embroidery. Located in the centre of Carlisle for easy access to public transport and rail service. Our Essential Blackwork Embroidery course is a great way to explore this ancient hand embroidery art for complete beginners. Discover how to shade use varying thicknesses of thread and special stitching techniques. You will learn about appropriate fabrics, how to transfer a design and read...
£120
Gloucestershire
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...
£120
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,...
£15
West Midlands
This is a taster course for beginners to give you an idea of what can be done with a piece of handmade felt. You will use threads, beads, and buttons to embellish pieces of handmade felt, and then turn them into a brooch or hair decoration. This will include simple embroidery stitches, and how to attach embellishments. I have been making and embellishing felt for over ten years, and will provide other examples of felt...
£650
- 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...
£520
Greater London - Next course on 25th April 2019
This course teaches a variety of felting traditions and techniques with emphasis on embellishing surface decoration. Felting techniques include inlaying, drawing with wool, mosaicing and applique. Using both hand and machine stitching, felt surfaces can be enriched with a wide range of embroidery stiches. Dye processes are introduced to enhance colour and patterning using both natural and synthetic dye stuffs. Make experimental samples to build up a vocabulary of techniques and progress quickly to creating...
£20
Derbyshire - Next course on 24th April 2019
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...
£115
Gloucestershire
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...