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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.

Suffolk - Next course on 15th September 2019
One day bobbin lace workshop with Linda Haylock at Flatford Mill, run by the Field Studies Council. Learn basic techniques in bobbin lace to produce a wearable piece of lace (brooch/pendant). Techniques include preparing the equipment to start, starting, working and completing a piece of lace and finally mounting the finished piece. Linda was first inspired by bobbin lace in the early 1980's when she watched a demonstration at a local agricultural show and started...
This is an Introduction to Stitchbooking workshop that aims to give you all of the tools and advice you need to make your own Stitchbook. Stitchbooks are beautiful handmade photographic fabric books made using a mixture of scrapbooking and textile techniques. They are based on the use of Photo Transfer Paper, which allows you to add digital images to fabric in a high-quality and hard wearing way. The craft can incorporate  a huge range of...
Knitting, crocheting, hand stitching, needlepoint, looming, embroidery, painting, beading, spinning, colouring, sewing... or whatever project you'd like to bring to work on, or come to learn to knit or crochet! Our group is an eclectic group of ladies who are very relaxed and welcoming. Come and enjoy tea, coffee or cold drinks. Feel free to bring a snack along. All ladies welcome, and girls ages 10 and up Any questions?? Feel free to ask!
London - Next course on 10th August 2019
Get an introduction to Haute Couture embroidery in our London weekend workshop. Learn the technique of tambour beading which is widely used in International catwalks. This two days course in London is designed for students who would like to learn Tambour Beading embroidery. The first day will be to learn the chainstitch on a transparent organza with the hook in the four directions. The second part of the day will be the introduction of the...
- Next course on 13th March 2020
We'd like to invite you to join us for our first embroidery retreat on the beautiful island of Madeira. Spend an incredible week at the 4-star Hotel Baia Azul on a bed and breakfast basis with a welcome dinner in the hotel and farewell dinner in a traditional folklore restaurant. Expand your embroidery skills with 3 full day and 1 half day workshop with expert, Helen McCook, and enjoy the company of your fellow crafters...
An introduction to working with sinamay or felt. You will learn how to use a wooden hat block and use traditional millinery skills to block and shape your own sinamay hat or fascinator. By the end of the day students will: - Learn how to block a hat or fascinator using the material of your choice. - Learn techniques to apply a wired edge and depending on chosen design start to learn finishing techniques. Millinery...
Worcestershire - Next course on 4th July 2019
In this workshop you will take part in a fun, experimental felting morning, suitable for beginners or people who have some needle felting knowledge. You will produce a 9 x 9 inch felted picture (complete with mount and frame) to take home. You will learn basic needle felting skills using a range of carded wool and extra detailing through embroidery stitches and beadwork . You will be working on a wool felt background piece and...
Needle punching or punch needling is a craft that is seeing a welcome resurgence. This course is a fantastic introduction to a wonderful way of creating a textured piece of work. Similar to embroidery but much quicker, the stitches are created using a hand-held tool to create small loops that can form a riot of colour. This class will give you the chance to learn the art of needle punching and take away with you...
- Next course on 16th November 2019
Join Royal School of Needlework tutor, Amy Burt, for her first embroidery retreat with Stitchtopia based in Northern Cyprus. We'll be staying in Kyrenia; a bustling town with a mix of old and new which is said to be the most beautiful town in Cyprus thanks to its harbour and mighty Venetian castle. Tours & workshops included. Full day tour to Lefkosa - the capital city of Northern Cyprus. Explore the narrow streets within the...
Join me to create a delicate 3D butterfly from silk and organza. Using a technique known as stumpwork, we use cake wire and fine silk threads to create a delicate butterfly. I will provide some examples of how you can create a background for the finished piece. You will be using fine materials and needles so stitching experience is needed. I have been making butterflies in this way for over twenty years. In 2005 I...

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