Stitching With: Canvas Shading

Stitching With: Canvas Shading


'Stitching With Liz & Helen' is a collaboration between two Royal School of Needlework tutors, Liz Tapper & Helen Jones, to bring the art of needlework to Exeter. We aim to provide classes in a range of techniques and for varying skill levels. Please do get in touch if there's a particular course you would like to see listed.

Learn how to shade a beautiful Autumn leaf on canvas using wool during this friendly class. This kit will teach you the techniques of advanced canvas shading, and leave you with the knowledge required to then design your own piece.

The kit includes 18hpi mono canvas, with the design transferred by hand onto the fabric, comprehensive instructions with helpful diagrams and a stitch guide, needle and crewel wool. Kit cost of £65 in addition to class price is payable on the day.

You may like to bring your own embroidery scissors and you will be able to borrow ring frames on the day.

Finished leaf design is 15cm wide by 13cm high. This measurement is for the leaf only and doesn't include any background worked. Two hanks of background wool are supplied for you to work as much or as little as you like in your own time. Tent stitch is used throughout to allow the shading itself to take precedence.

There will be an hour’s break for lunch at 1pm. Coffee, tea and biscuits are included in the class price. There are cafes and shops nearby for lunch, but it may be easier to bring a packed lunch.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a traditional hand embroidery technique in the relaxing environment of Exeter Community Centre, situated in the lovely city of Exeter.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Light refreshments.


Liz Tapper at Lenham Needlecraft & The Art of the Needle


Exeter Community Centre,
17 Saint David's Hill

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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