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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. Machine embroidery is extremely popular; sewing machines can create incredible effects in a fraction of the time. 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 embroidery please browse our many courses and workshops and be inspired by an expert embroidery teacher who will share their skill with you.

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Next course on 28th January 2017
I enjoy inspiring and encouraging others to try a new art form, or to develop their existing skills with fabric and stitch. At the workshop we experiment with free-machine embroidery 'drawing with stitch', and cut out and applique fabric shapes onto a background fabric, to create a series of samples and a finished piece to take home at the end of the session. Let me know if you already have an idea of the type...
Image for  Machine Embroidery- Stitch Doodling with Julie Brand from Tigley Textiles in Worcester
Next course on 29th April 2017
Machine Embroidery is now such a popular art form and can be done in so many different ways. Rather than make one finished piece and learn one technique, Julie aims to show you many ways that machine embroidery can be used with plenty of examples to inspire you. Suitable for beginners, sometimes even easier, as you have to forget everything you’ve previously learned about precision and just go with the flow. You will need to...
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Next course on 11th February 2017
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...
Image for Painting and drawing, including stitch! For all abilities.
The course tutor Jo Martel has recently completed 20 years of art and creative textiles teaching at GCSE and A Level, as a Head of Department in a large secondary school in Medway, Kent. She is expert in encouraging students of all abilities to experiment creatively and expressively and now sees her goal as helping students of all age groups to improve not only their portfolio but also their emotional well being through participating in...
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Next course on 28th January 2017
Wet felting workshop 10.00am - 12.00am + Max no 4 Tutor: Virginia Murphy 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...
Image for Applique and Embroidered Seascapes- Julie Brand at Tigley Textiles in Worcester
Next course on 22nd January 2017
This is a hand embroidery, slow stitching workshop for all those people who need to escape from their everyday chaotic life for a day and completely lose themselves in this addictive hobby. If you prefer to use a sewing machine, please bring one. All designs and materials will be provided with plenty of examples of stitched seascapes. You will be encouraged to create your own one off piece so feel free to bring any photos...
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Next course on 24th March 2017
A great 1 day course for those wishing to learn the famous Irish art of Carrickmacross Embroidery. Set in the stunning North Cumbrian Lake District, our Introduction to Embroidery course makes an ideal gift for a friend or loved one and can easily be combined with a weekend break. Our Essential Carrickmacross Embroidery course is a great way to explore this wonderful art for complete beginners. Discover the range of unique stitches including the classic...
Image for Felting and Embroidery with Jackie Cardy  in Brindle, Lancashire
This course covers all the skills you need to produce a wet felted embroidered piece. The first day will cover felt making from basic felt to the use of pre-felts to create a painterly felt back ground for stitching. On the second day you will be shown how to stitch on the felt with sewing machines and then to add hand stitching to enhance the piece, and you will be well on your way to...
Image for Make your own bespoke appliqued lampshade with Julie Brand from Tigley Textiles
If you would like to create your own personalised lampshade, then this is the course for you. Using Julie's designs you can choose from either a washing line, seascape, or a seed head lampshade. You are welcome to bring your own designs but must discuss with the tutor first to make sure that the drawings are to scale. This is for the more experienced stitcher and uses machine embroidery. This is a 2 in 1...
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Have you ever wanted to try free-motion embroidery on your sewing machine but didn’t know where to start? I run workshops to help get you started using your machine for free-motion embroidery. During the day we will be learning the art of free-motion machine embroidery to create a fun and contemporary appliquéd panel. Ideas will be provided but you may work on any subject you like and you will end the day with a finished...