Other Courses

The Guild is happy to list courses and workshops by stitch and textile professionals in this section. Please contact louise@embroiderersguild.com in the first instance.

Embroidery Workshops/Courses at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire

Knuston Hall, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northants, NN29 7EU

Knuston Hall are offering a range of embroidery workshops/courses from June to September 2019 including Textile Jewellery, Silk Ribbon Hand Embroidery, Japanese Embroidery, Embroidered Books, Mountmellick. Tutors are Jenny Jones, Janet Cronin, Kay Dennis , Frances Pickering and Pat Trott. See website for full details


P510 Japanese Embroidery - Weekend: 28–30 June 2019

Tutor: Janet Cronin

This course is suitable for both experienced and those new to the subject. New students can either embroider a small motif using traditional threads and fabric or if they want to make a larger commitment, make a start on the ten phase learning programme. Established students will be able to continue stitching their current project. All students will be taught individually and will be able to work at their own pace. *There will be a supplement of £20 for this course if kits are required. See Course P902 & P510

P708 Embroidery Summer School - Beside the Seaside - Sun – Fri: 14–19 July 2019
Tutors: Kay Dennis & Pat Trott
“I do like to be beside the sea side, I do like to be side the sea”.....what do these words of the old song conjure up to you, perhaps it is Edwardian ladies stepping out of their beach huts, making sand castles or rock pooling, the rock pools themselves with all the creatures that live in them. Donkeys, beach huts, Punch & Judy, the pier, seaweed, fun fair stalls and rides. Memories from childhood holidays.
During this course through detailed demonstrations, instruction and discussion, both as a group and individually, students will learn different techniques to use.

P100 Making Embroidered Books, Transferred To The Cover’ - Mon - Fri: 19–23 August 2019
Tutor: Frances Pickering

Make a decorative book with a transfer dyed, pelmet vilene cover. The cover is embellished with additional pieces of printed pelmet vilene, hand colouring, sealed with acrylic wax and finished with hand or machine stitch. Pages will be made from wall paper lining paper which will be coloured using Koh-I-Noor dye palette. Simple binding and fastening techniques will be explained and guidance given on how to fill the book. It would be a good idea to bring with you as a starting point, items of inspiration of your own choice. This could include: letters, photographs, scraps of fabric, interesting poetry or prose, books, your own drawings or ongoing textile work or even your own sketch book.

P305 Magnificent Mountmellick – Hand Embroidery - Wed – Fri: 4–6 September 2019
Tutor: Pat Trott
Developed in Ireland during the 19th century, Mountmellick embroidery is a white-on-white hand embroidery technique used in the past for household and bed linen. Worked on cotton sateen fabric in thick matte threads. The designs are usually floral, using raised, padded and knotted stitches. Very “scrunchy” with a knitted fringe. See course P506.

P506 Magnificent Mountmellick – Hand Embroidery - Weekend: 6–8 September 2019
Tutor: Pat Trott
Standard Weekend Price: See above
This course has the same details as P305.

Atelier Saint ClareAtelier Saint Clare

Atelier Saint Clare Bespoke Hand Design Embroidery (based in Cheshire) specialises in design and embroidery services for a wide range of clients. Atelier Saint Clare has expertise in providing design direction and knowledge of embroidery techniques to its clients, creating a unique and bespoke service for each design piece. Atelier Saint Clare supplies design pieces and swatches to the top global design houses such as Dior, Chanel and Valentino at the annual London and Paris Fashion Weeks.

They also offer a series of classes/workshops for both beginners and the more experienced.

Tambour Beading Embroidery - Beginner Level, £75

Tambour Beading Beginner WorkshopSaturday 7th September, Saturday 26th October & Saturday 16th November 2019 - at Manchester Z-Arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Manchester M15 5ZA/Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
Tickets: £75.00 including the embroidery kit.

This design will introduce you to the tambour beading embroidery stitch "chaintstitch" along with a variety of stitches that create this beautiful design.

The design will also allow you to use Swarovski crystals, beads, sequins and other materials with time to learn all the hints and tips to achieve this design. This technique is used in Fashion and Costume mainly but could be associated with Goldwork to create beautiful embroidery.

Please note that the tambour hook is not included in the kit and will be available to be purchase after the class at £19.50.

For enquiries email: info@ateliersaintclare.com

The link to book the tickets is:


Goldwork Embroidery - Beginner Level £85

Atelier St Clare Goldwork workshopJoin our embroidery specialists for more exciting workshops.

Saturday 17th August 2019 - 10.30am - 4.30pm at Bluecoat Liverpool, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Tickets: £85 including the embroidery kit

This design will introduce you to the traditional techniques of Goldwork along with a variety of stitches that create this beautiful border.

The design will also allow you to use gold and silver materials with time to learn all the hints and tips in order to achieve this design.
This technique is used in military and interior embroidery but also in the fashion industry often combined with Tambour Beading embroidery.

The link to book the tickets is:


Silk ShadingSilk Shading Embroidery - Beginner Level £79

7th December 2019 at Liverpool Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX. Silk shading also known as "peinture a l’aiguille (needle painting)" and is used to create a shading of colour with different shades of thread.

This class is designed for students to discover the art of silk shading. You will learn the outline, the counters of the design and also the long and short stitch. Afterwards you will learn how to blend three colours smoothly. Students will work to a floral pattern.
The aim of this class is to be able to create shading and follow the movement of a shape.

This class includes a kit with white fabric, beautiful silk threads, Swarovski crystals, glass beads and needles.

For more information contact info@ateliersaintclare.com

The link to book the tickets is:

Goldwork AdvancedGoldwork Embroidery - Advanced Level Advanced £85

This design will introduce you to the traditional techniques of Goldwork along with a variety of stitches that create this beautiful robin.

The design will also allow you to use coloured and silver materials allowing time to learn all the hints and tips in order to achieve this design.
This technique is used in military and interior embroidery but also in the fashion industry often combined with Tambour Beading embroidery.

For enquiries email: info@ateliersaintclare.com

The link to book the tickets is:

Haute Couture Tambour BeadingHaute Couture Tambour Beading Embroidery Master class Beginner Level £315

Master Class Tambour Beading 5 days- at Manchester Craft Centre.

Tickets: £315.00 for 5 days including the embroidery kit.

This class is pitched at a beginner level student who would like to learn the art of Haute Couture embroidery.

Please note that to achieve a smooth transition into this class some homework are adviced each day after the class.

The first day will involve assembling the frame and learning the chainstitch on a transparent organza with the hook in four directions.

Day 2 will comprise of stitching the wire around the petals with “point riche”. Beads will also be introduced.

Day 3 will be to continue with the outside lines with beads and silver pearl purl used in Goldwork embroidery. The degradé of beads will be initiated at this stage.

Day 4 will be used to create the tambour beading with the beads and finish the degradé by needle.

During the final day the students will learn how to prepare the petals using bondaweb and then stitch them together.

The aim of this tambour beading class is for you to feel comfortable with the hook and how to apply beads and sequins. You will also learn how to make 3D petals and how to create a brooch.

Please note that if you would like to pursue this technique and move on to the next level it is recommended that you practise tambour beading in between the classes.

This class includes a kit with Tambour hook, white organza, glass beads, Swarovski crystals, silver pearl purl, brooch attachment, needles, detailed instructions.

For enquiries email: info@ateliersaintclare.com

The link to book the tickets is:


Helen Barnes in her StudioHelen Barnes Textiles - Workshops

Helen Barnes B.Ed. M.A (DIST) ART & DESIGN

I grew up in Yorkshire, in a home full of gorgeous fabrics and threads surrounded by beautiful countryside full of historic interest. I soon developed a keen awareness of the patterns and textures in my environment and translated these in to art and textiles.

I worked in textiles teaching and exhibiting work for many years and I would like to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of hand embroidery and quilting from around the world with fellow members of the Embroiderers' Guild.

I have a wide range of workshops to offer and a blog on my website which will feature a study of a piece of hand embroidery/quilting from a museum, exhibition or my collection. Attached to the blog will be a free design to inspire you to create your own textile piece. These are a selection of my workshops detailed in the website which can be half or full days:

Starting from home:

Around the World:

Durham Pennies

Bronte Rolls

Liberty Florals

Costa Rica Icons

Indian Kantha

Indian Shisha

Peruvian Knots

Japanese Sashiko

Vietnamese Braids

Find full details of my workshops on my website www.helenbarnestextiles.co.uk

Peruvian Eagle Sashiko Mat Durham Pennies
Helen's Peruvian Eagle Sashiko Mat Durham Pennies

This is a review from a recent workshop at Grassington Embroiderers' guild

"Vietnamese Embroidery" by Helen Barnes

"What a summer, blue skies, sunshine and a very informative talk and enjoyable workshop with Helen Barnes. We were able to sit in the cool and listen to Helen's very interesting experiences in Vietnam. She has accumulated a mass of information and embellished samples on the diverse textiles from across this fascinating country.

Helen had prepared a small kit for us to produce our own sampler drawing on the Vietnamese motifs, colours and stitches. The simplicity of the stitch-work: chain stitch, back stitch, cross stitch, ladder stitch and occasional French knot, meant our afternoon in the intense heat was not too daunting and there was a wonderful relaxed atmosphere as we stitched away in our last meeting before we broke up for the summer.

Thank you Helen for providing Grassington Embroiderers' Guild with a wonderful finish to our stitching this session this summer."

Day Classes at the Royal School of Needlework

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have years of experience, we offer you over 160 courses including 45 classes across 5 venues (Hampton Court Palace throughout the year; on fixed dates in Exeter, Bristol, Rugby and Glasgow). We’re sure you will find classes to develop your embroidery skills or inspire you to try something new. In 2019 the RSN are offering Pulled Thread, Crewelwork, Ribbonwork and Goldwork classes. All available to view online and book.

• Tuition from RSN trained tutors
• Classes available for all abilities
• Opportunity to meet like-minded people in a friendly learning environment
• 1 & 2 day classes at weekends
• 3, 4 & 5 day classes held over consecutive weekends or during holidays
• Regular course updates and additional courses added online
• Class times 10am to 4pm

Click here to view all Embroidery Classes

The Royal School of Needlework also has a degree course BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors & Textile Art. UCAS code W740. See www.royal-needlework.org.uk/degree where you can find full information. They have also produced a film which can be viewed via You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctBxTJPdx_g.

The BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art at the Royal School of Needlework is the only degree in hand embroidery in Europe. Using traditional and contemporary hand embroidery techniques, this course is a springboard to a creative career in fashion, interiors or textile art.

  • Unique BA (Hons) Degree course in hand embroidery
  • A design and concept led course for fashion, interiors or textile art
  • Industry placements with fashion houses, designers and galleries
  • Learn from expert practitioners
  • Study in bespoke studio apartments at Hampton Court Palace
  • Enjoy access to the RSN library and handling collection
  • Day courses, Certificate and Diploma courses in Technical Hand Embroidery also available at the RSN
  • Studying with the RSN is a unique experience. At the RSN, we believe in keeping the art of hand embroidery alive by moving it into contemporary contexts built on art and design practice.

Nikki Parmenter Artworks

Nikki Parmenter's work

Nikki Parmenter Masterclass - 19th and/or 20th June 2017

10am - 4pm - Janome Centre, Southside, Bredbury, SK6 2SP

This one day workshop involves creating the pieces of bonded fabric which will be used to make birds, fishes, butterflies or seahorses.

On the second day participants will make an "environment" for their piece using funky foam, free machine embroidery, pipe cleaners, embellishments and other mixed media.

Cost is £70 per day which includes lunch, refreshments and all materials. Please email Nikki to express your interest nikkiparmenterartworks61@gmail.com


I am a Cheshire based artist who specialises in mixed media, textile based pieces. I take my inspiration from a variety of sources and I am particularly interested in the way in which ancient societies created a series of visual symbols to represent the things which were important to them. I investigate myth and legend and draw parallels between societies, showing that although many people have different beliefs we are all united by visual iconography.

I have exhibited widely both in group and solo shows both here and abroad and have had articles published in magazines and on the internet. I also feature in Kim Thittichai's book, 'Experimental Textiles'. My work has won prizes at The Ferens Open, The Potteries Open and the Grosvenor Open Exhibitions.

I have received positive feedback from the galleries where I have exhibited as I try to make my work accessible to all age range and to people from different backgrounds. Viewers, especially younger people, respond to the visual richness of the objects whilst others make connections with their own religious beliefs and feelings.

My work offers plenty of scope for educational events and I am able to offer Gallery talks, demonstrations and workshops. If you would like me to give a talk or workshop to your branch please contact me through https://www.facebook.com/nikki.parmenter.7. see my work on my website www.nikkiparmenterartworks.com. I am happy to travel to different parts of the country.

Castle Textile Group - City & Guilds Embroidery and Patchwork & Quilting, Spofforth, North Yorkshire

The Castle Textile Group is a City & Guilds micro centre based in the beautiful North Yorkshire village of Spofforth, offering City & Guilds qualifcations in Embroidery and Design and Patchwork & Quilting and Design. Our aim is to provide creative and inspirational ideas to our students which ever course they study. Diane Freeman and Annie Smith, our tutors, are both experienced City & Guild Tutors with extensive experience in art, design and textiles. They offer 2 year courses of 5 hours per week for 30 weeks each year.

For more information see their website http://www.castletextilegroup.co.uk/ or email castletextilegroup@btconnect.com

Tebbitt Textiles

Christine Tebbitt is a skilled textile artist living near Chichester in West Sussex. She produces a large range of textile works, embroideries and embroidered books and regularly exhibits her work. Christine is also a member of the Chichester branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.

Tebbitt TextilesChristine is passionate about textiles and loves to pass on her knowledge by running classes in her spacious and light filled studio at home. Although ‘Free Machine Embroidery’ is probably her favourite technique, she also enjoys techniques using water soluble fabric, mixed media work, book making and altered books, which are such fun to do and teach. After spending the last 10 years having fun with all these different techniques, she now runs a variety of courses from her home near Chichester in West Sussex,

See web-site for classes www.tebbitttextiles.co.uk

Anglia Leisure Learning

We are using quality venues from Bristol, to Ipswich, Gatwick to Birmingham, usually near motorways and train stations so there is sure to be somewhere you can easily reach.

If you don't see what you want but are part of a group, do please get in touch and we will see how we can help you.

There is a wide range of weekend leisure courses for you to choose from, many being run by leading tutors who have worked with us for years, along with a variety of new tutors to bring in some different and exciting course topics.

Courses include:

  • Patchwork and Quilting
  • Beading
  • Lace Making
  • Creative Stitch
  • Embroidery
  • Calligraphy
  • Crochet
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Jewellery making
  • Botanical illustration
  • Silk Paintin
Latest course: patchwork, applique and quilting in Birmingham with Greta Fitchett Friday 21st September - Sunday 23 September 2018 see website for full details
Also there is a Craft Weekend at the Crowne Plaza Gatwick from 5 - 7 October 2018 featuring worshops in Calligraphy, Patchwork and Quilting and Haute Couture tailoring

For full course details go to our website http://anglialeisurelearning.co.uk/ or phone 0207 834 1066 and speak with Pam or Liza for more details.

Create something beautiful and different over a weekend

Wemyss School of Needlework - Courses for 2019 www.wemyssneedlework.co.uk


Drop In Stitch Sessions

We are running regular drop-in sessions where we encourage you to bring your UFOs (unfinished objects). Come and stitch any project you are working on or dig out those projects you have been meaning to finish for a while. We will provide you with the usual Lowery workstands, lights and magnifiers. Just email or call us to let us know you're coming. We'll provide tea, coffee and lots of encouragement. Requested donation for these sessions will be just £4. Every Wednesday morning 10.00am - 1pm.

Come for all or part of any session. Please check on the day in case we have to cancel for any reason

SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR more information on CLASSES IN 2019 Tel: 01592 651346 info@wemyssneedlework.co.uk www.wemyssneedlework.co.uk

Regular UF0 mornings - every Wednesday 10am - 1pm, informal and untutored group to help you get those Un Finished Objects done

Our workshops hope to help you gain confidence in your skills and own work whilst enjoying a relaxing day stitching.

SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR more information on CLASSES IN 2019 Tel: 01592 651346 info@wemyssneedlework.co.uk www.wemyssneedlework.co.uk

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