Reviews for Ruth Blackford

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Two day machine embroidery workshop

In-person course
Jenny MacDonald - - #31287

I can't praise Ruth highly enough. Her style of teaching is empathetic and considerate. I felt supported and encouraged throughout the process and came away inspired to embed and continue on the skill set she taught me. The pace of learning was pitch perfect. Ruth's work as an artist is outstanding and is equally matched by her personality. Such a kind, lovely and witty person. I feel it was a privilege to have met her.

Machine embroidery

In-person course
Ursula Wharf - - #30525

Had the most enjoyable day at Ruth's Free Machine Embroidery course. A warm welcome, well equipped studio, delicious lunch and a knowledgeable and encouraging tutor all ensured a wonderful experience.
I learnt techniques which made this skill much less daunting. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone, whether a beginner or an experienced machinist wanting to expand on their creativity with textiles.


Experimental monoprinting

In-person course
Helen - - #30187

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Two day machine embroidery workshop

In-person course
jane e chandler - - #29553

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Machine embroidery

In-person course
Ruth - - #29257

I attended Ruth’s workshop on free hand machine embroidery, and can’t praise it enough. Ruth was very patient and encouraging, whilst making sure we understood and learnt all the techniques she introduced us too. I’ll definitely be returning to learn more.

I am now much more confident when using my sewing machine for embroidery.

Machine embroidery

In-person course
Emma - - #27965

Ruth managed to squeeze the three of us into her lovely studio. Ruth was a wonderful and patient teacher. We achieved so much in a day, far more than I expected! Really inspiring and we can't wait to start using our new found skills on our own projects.


Machine embroidery

In-person course
Elaine Pamphilon - - #27060

How can I tell you how much I enjoyed this day course?! Ruth was an excellent teacher and got us using so many different stitches and effects. She has a delightful warm personality and she is a first rate textile artist and inspirational as an instructor.
I classed myself a fairly good seamstress, having made men’s suits but I didn’t know any of the embroidery effects that Ruth taught us. I learnt so much, it was a truly enjoyable day.

Machine embroidery

In-person course
Anna Pamphilon - - #27061

I had an excellent and highly enjoyable day learning lots of new sewing techniques. Ruth was very flexible and happy to tailor the course to any desired technique. Ruth's garden studio is charming and she is a very warm and patient teacher with lots of teaching experience, making it all in all a great experience! Highly recommend.


Machine embroidery

In-person course
Sewing queen - - #27062

Challenging but at the same time very achievable thanks to the great tutoring by Ruth Blackford.

Machine embroidery

In-person course
Sue Norgrove-Moore - - #26680

This was an excellent day. Ruth was a wonderful and patient teacher. As a beginner, I achieved so much more than I expected! I’m very inspired by what I learned.


Two day machine embroidery workshop

In-person course
Barbara Taylor - - #25924

An intensive but fantastic 2 days learning the essentials of free machine embroidery. Ruth pitches her information & help at whatever level is appropriate for the individual. We had fun, excellent food & left with handouts & work that we were proud of after such a short time.
I would recommend Ruth as an excellent tutor.

Machine embroidery

In-person course
Anne - - #25694

What a lovely day! Ruth was a fantastic host and teacher. My friend and I learned so much in just one day and feel very inspired to go on with projects of our own. Definitely recommend this course.


Residential two day machine embroidery workshop (Course inactive)

In-person course
Nina Holley - - #25016

I had a fabulous weekend being creative in Ruth's company. She is an excellent tutor, very knowledgeable, encouraging and patient as well as a wonderful host. I was made to feel welcome and at ease in her cosy vibrant home and came away with a wealth of information, newly acquired techniques, numerous samples of work and inspired to continue dabbling in machine embroidery at home. Thank you Ruth.

Machine embroidery

In-person course
louise McElhinney - - #24622

I just spent a perfect Sunday with my best friend being creative in Ruth’s lovely home. The course allows a total beginner to feel the buzz of creating something totally unique and I now feel confident and inspired to go on machine embroidering in my spare time. I would thoroughly recommend this course! Thank you Ruth x


Machine embroidery

In-person course
Erica Whalley - - #24294

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Machine embroidery

In-person course
Fran Stevens - - #24228

A great course in a lovely setting. Learnt so much in just one day .


Residential two day monoprinting and collagraph print workshop (Course inactive)

In-person course
Jennie Palin - - #23688

What a brilliant experience! Ruth is a very talented and patient teacher who really helped my daughter and I produce lots of work using various techniques with which we were very pleased. Her home is beautiful and she made us extremely welcome and her catering was perfect. Highly recommended!

Residential two day monoprinting and collagraph print workshop (Course inactive)

In-person course
Angharad Lescott - - #23669

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Two day monoprint and collagraph print workshop

In-person course
Sally Bowen - - #23588

If it was possible to leave Ruth 6 stars I would! A fabulous two days spent printing and laughing. A joyous experience in lovely surroundings with delicious food from an attentive host. I look forward to going back for more, (artwork and food!)

I would highly recommend Ruth as a teacher - wonderful.

Residential two day machine embroidery workshop (Course inactive)

In-person course
Cicely Carimbocas - - #23247

A wonderful weekend spent learning a new skill. Although I have been sewing for many years I spent an enjoyable weekend learning something new.
Ruth is incredibly skilled and generously shares her knowledge. She’s a warm and welcoming host and you’re made to feel comfortable the minute she greets you at the door. If you’re thinking of taking this course, do it. It’s worth every minute of your time. She’s an inspiration.