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
louise McElhinney - - #24622
A really excellent course, very enjoyable, Ruth was great to work with and provided a perfectly paced introduction of several techniques, with time to explore them. I was really pleased with what I learnt and the progress I made in the day (although I was an absolute beginner).
As there are a maximum of two on the course, loads of personal attention made the course particularly effective. A lovely lunch too!
Would highly recommend any courses with Ruth and will certainly be planning to return soon. Thank you Ruth
Erica Whalley - - #24294
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!
Jennie Palin - - #23688
I really can’t rate this course highly enough. It was a jam packed programme with the chance to try many different printmaking techniques in Ruth’s lovely garden studio. Ruth was patient and full of enthusiasm, giving us direction and assistance when we needed it, whilst letting us develop our own ideas. We were astonished at how much work we managed to do. Lunch was delicious and even involved some home grown produce and we stayed in Ruth’s lovely house overnight as we aren’t local. Far and away the best value creative course I’ve ever done.
Angharad Lescott - - #23669
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.
Sally Bowen - - #23588
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.
Cicely Carimbocas - - #23247
I thoroughly enjoyed my one day course learning free machine embroidery. There is nothing more fulfilling than learning a new skill and discovering a passion for something new! Ruth showed me so many techniques, and she has such a wealth of knowledge and so many examples, that I genuinely came away inspired to continue to build upon what I had learnt. Ruth's studio was a great place to learn in; it was both relaxing and had a beautiful outlook, and I enjoyed so much delicious homemade food.
All in all, the workshop experience was a real treat!
Sarah Coles - - #23081
Thank you Ruth for a really inspirational and immersive printing course! I’ve been looking forward to doing this for a while and the weekend didn’t disappoint. Two days gave me enough time to learn new techniques and apply with some experimentation. Ruth is a very patient, calm teacher, she gently coached me to experiment and try things I wouldn’t have thought of. I’m really chuffed with the results and prints I came away with.
Perfect studio setting and house, with great food (loved the mustard salad leaves from Ruth’s garden) and a very comfy bed for an overnight stay. I will be back !!
Michelle Foxall - - #22472
Very inspired and excited after a wonderful day mono printing with Ruth.
What a lovely environment to work in.
Ruth explained the techniques really well and we had a great time exploring them.
Plenty of space and materials to use.
The day went so quickly! Ruth was a great host, lunch, cake and tea was delicious.
I thoroughly recommend this! Looking forward to booking another course in the near future.
Heather Miller - - #22297
Ruth's garden studio was the perfect backdrop for a super relaxed and creative day. Ruth's expertise in teaching was clear as she was very patient, concise in her instruction and provided us with a hand-out of all the different techniques we were able to develop. I had some prior knowledge of mono printing and with Ruth's expertise, I was able to develop my skills further and realise more potentials of this technique. Thank you Ruth, you were a truly magnificent host- delicious lunch and home made brownies, with free-flowing tea or coffee to boot.
Amy Dinham - - #22150
I learned so much from Ruth about how to navigate my sewing machine to make it work for me on free motion techniques. The time went too quickly but I brought home with me 3 samples of things that I have never tried or completed before. My family were really complimentary about my work. Ruth made me feel right at home, her home is so lovely and vibrant with colour and her food is excellent. The bed was very comfy and the duvet luxuriously warm. I would definitely recommend.
Barbara - - #21791
This course was just what I had hoped it would be. Ruth is such a lovely person. Her relaxed manner enabled me to learn with ease. It's amazing how much my machine can do. Without the expertise of Ruth I would never have realised what it, and I, am capable of.
Lunch and cake were a nice bonus.
I’d certainly return for another day course to learn more.
Jane worrall - - #21577
Excellent weekend doing free motion machine embroidery with Ruth. She is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor. I would thoroughly recommend this course. Ruth makes you feel at ease and encourages you to produce pieces of work which you never imagined you could ever achieve. I do a lot of sewing and craft work but I was still amazed at how much I learnt in a weekend. Thanks again Ruth.
Gail Godridge - - #21213
What a fab weekend! Ruth is a great teacher and a great host. Even though I sew for a living, Ruth taught me a great deal and made it fun. Ruth’s home is beautifully cosy and inviting - just like Ruth. Thank you again and hope to see you soon.t
Jan Hopper - - #21188
I had a splendid day with Ruth. I have a project that I needed help with and she sorted out my layout, then we got to the sewing bit, whereupon I found I could do all sorts of things on my machine that I didn't know I could, though it became apparent that I need to practise....
My project is well on its way. In the course of the day Ruth gave me all sorts of hints tips and tricks that I just hope I'll remember, and handouts to help.
Lunch and cake was good too!
Lesley Alexander - - #21094
I spent the most enjoyable day with Ruth Blackford doing the experimental mono printing course, in a delightful garden studio.
Everything was beautifully prepared for us. Ruth provided images, or you could use our own designs.
She taught us a variety of ways to print, my favourite was using the tissue paper for chine colle.
We had a delicious lunch, tea, coffee, and lemon drizzle cake.
The day just flew by, and now I want to do the two day collograph course.
Thank you Ruth, you are a very talented lady, and an excellent tutor.
susan hodgson - - #20642
I had a great day printing with Ruth. She is a very talented lady and a great teacher. Apart from the tuition I was kept fed and watered all day. I didn't want to take a break as I was enjoying myself so much but I'm glad I did stop as lunch was lovely.
I learnt new skills and was pleased with what I produced. I shall certainly be back to learn some more.
Thank you Ruth for an informative, fun day printing in your delightful garden studio.
Lynne Francke - - #20639