Creative Embroidery

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Embroidery by students of the 2014-15 class

This course will be a creative journey into the art of hand embroidery. We will take inspiration from the world around us, using the natural and the urban, to explore the language of stitch and the wonders of traditional embroidery techniques.

Students will use sketchbooks to support their practical work and will achieve samples of hand stitches and traditional techniques. They will be encouraged to produce personal projects, ranging from cushion fronts to wall hangings, kneelers, chair seats and scarves.

Tutor:                Hilda Sheppard

Time:                Fridays 10.30am – 1pm

Dates:              Sept 23 – Dec 02 (half term Oct 28)

Jan 20 – March 31 (half term Feb 24)

                        May 12 – June 30 (half term June 2)

Venue:              Gosling Room

Fees:                HLSI members £115 for a 10-week term

£85 for 7-week summer term

Non-members £140 for a 10-week term

£102 for 7-week summer term


  • Basic embroidery kit – variety of needles, some with large eyes for threading heavy thread
  • Different weights of threads some smooth and fine, some heavy and textured
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery ring (hoop).  This should be bound with cotton tape or bias binding
  • Fabrics – calico, hessian, smooth and rough textured fabrics, offcuts (think about textures)
  • Craft weight Vilene
  • A4 folder for samples and handouts
  • Pencils, black felt tip pen etc
  • A5 sketchbook for design work
  • Notebook and pen