Workshops & Courses

A Guide to the Embroiderers' Guild Online Courses

French knots and seeding

Four years ago we began offering a set of courses for those who could not get to a class for any reason, whether that be family commitments, distance or health. At that point the courses were tailored to lie alongside the City & Guilds equivalent. However this presented certain restrictions. The courses are now all newly rewritten entities, presented in a methodical yet unique way so that the practitioner is guided step by step through a series of practical exercises in order to gain skills in small, easy steps without the stress of deadlines and ticking boxes. It removes the huge jump in commitment and time between Levels 1 and 2, ensuring those with continuing commitments can remain included. This was always an issue in existing further education programmes as well as our own. Now the only remaining constraints are the enthusiasm and personal commitments of the student.

The current courses on offer are:

  • Inspired to Create hand embroidery - 1 Moving On
  • Inspired to Create machine embroidery - 2 Moving On
  • Inspired to Create hand embroidery - 3 Another Dimension
  • Inspired to Create machine embroidery - 4 Another Dimension
  • Beyond the Stitch - a course to go farther (see Beyond the Stitch heading on the left of this webpage)
For more detailed information on each course please see our webpage EG Distance Learning (click on the link to go straight there)
If you are interested in our Short Courses please click on this link EG Short Courses.

work by Amanda HouseMoving On courses need a time commitment of 30+ hours at your own speed and cost £320 (£280 for members of the Embroiderers' Guild)

Another Dimension courses need 45+ hours and cost £460 (£420 for members of the Embroiderers' Guild)

Each course comes with a certificate upon completion with the facility to acknowledge outstanding work; be that in technique, imagination or development. It is possible to combine the machine and hand stitching courses at a special price.

work by Amanda House

Short Courses

Goldwork  Short CourseWe also have a series of 10 short courses aimed at the widest range of embroiderers. Some are topic based, some project based and some experimental allowing you to develop your own particular interests. See the separate heading on the left or click on this link Embroiderers' Guild Short Courses.

New Course - "Beyond the Stitch"

Beyond the StitchOur new course "Beyond the Stitch" takes us to the next level and is a longer course with twelve sessions. See the separate heading on the left or click on this link Embroiderers' Guild Course Beyond the Stitch.

Here's what one of our stuents had to say after she had completed her course - a glowing report!

I have really enjoyed every aspect of the course. It suits my way of learning. The course notes are very clear and concise and organised so well. The checklist for work completed is a great help to show what you have done and what comes next. The instructions for the stitches are easy to follow and each session is a complete package in itself.

Before starting the course, I had no confidence in using mixed media and the idea of using it was daunting but from the beginning the work on exploring line led me into a gentle way of making marks without the use of just a pencil and I particularly enjoyed using sponges, corks and cotton reels etc and playing music.

I had no real understanding of colour, shades and tones and had never experimented with paint and mixing before the course. In fact the experimental work was an eye opener. At first I thought what has all this to do with fabric and threads but I soon got into it and got a lot from it. I enjoyed the freedom of trying things out without any pressure.

Before this course, I would never have thought it possible to have fun and play with mixed media as a prelude to a project. Let alone design my own work. Since starting this course I have had the confidence to join a creative textile group led by a most inspiring tutor and have developed confidence in my own ability to experiment and use a part of my brain that has been dormant for most of my life.

This is the first time I have done a distance learning course and I must say that it has been an inspiration. I looked forward to the feedback after each session and couldn’t wait to get started on the next section of work. I know that I have a lot more to learn but am happy with the way I have made progress throughout the course. I have really enjoyed the process and want to continue to develop my skills and confidence so will be looking to enrol on the next level.

I would like to thank the Embroiderers' Guild for setting up this course. It is a pleasure to work at my own pace at home especially as the City & Guilds ourses are a fair distance away. I would also like to thank Gillian for all her helpful and prompt feedback. With her praise and constructive comments she has kept up my motivation and made me strive to ‘Move on’ in creative hand embroidery.

Why not give yourself the gift of fun and learning - to obtain a registration package or for any other enquiries about the courses please contact the Course Director Gill Riordan by email on

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