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Introduction to hand embroidery stitches

June 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm


This morning workshop is the first half of a full day embroidery experience where complete beginners can learn 6 fundamental stitches that make embroidery addictive and fun.

You will be guided through each stitch via a step by step approach that includes written and visual instructions. Artist Milou Stella has created the perfect beginner sampler (also a zero waste canvas bag)  inspired by floral folk embroidery traditions which will help you familiarise yourself with a variety of easy motifs.

There will be plenty of time to practice and play in between stitches, for the sampler comes with already printed designs that you can learn to recreate as you go along, but which you can also follow just by using the printed design guidelines. Enjoy your canvas bag afterwards!

Milou Stella set up Moody Bright Designs – a project that focuses on hand embroidered customisation of second-hand itemsAs a trained painter (Slade school of art), she plays with contrast, colour and texture. She began  “Moody Bright Designs” as a response to concerns about fast fashion and the environment, with an urgent need to slow down and appreciate the process of making something unique and of quality, whilst avoiding waste as much as possible.

On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:

  • Explore a range of hand embroidery stitches including: Running Stitch, Back Stitch, Split Stitch, Stem Stitch, French Knot and Lazy Daisy
  • Understand how to combine stitches to create a range of designs and stitched effects
  • Feel inspired to apply the same techniques to your own projects
  • Pick up some ‘insider’ tips, tricks and approaches from a practising artist.

We’ve improved the class kit by making it even more fun than before! Included in this easy-to-follow kit there is:

 – 4 Anchor embroidery flosses

– one canvas bag with the printed sampler design

– Embroidery needle

– 6” hoop.

You will also be able to download a free PDF with all the stitches and tips learnt during the workshop, so that you can keep developing and enjoying your newly found passion for embroidery any time you like.

We highly recommend you attend the afternoon class if you’d like to know how to use embroidery as a kind way to love your clothes even longer – Upcycle your clothing with embroidery with Moody Bright Designs (Part II) will also help you understand how to come up with your own designs, in particular with garments in mind.

LEVEL: All levels are welcome

PRICE: £45 (1/2 day) £80 (full day)


You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)

Please Note: The workshop will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)


June 21
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Barley Massey