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Introduction to hand embroidery stitches

December 13 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


An 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.

Included in the class is Milou’s beautifully designed and easy-to-follow kit:

 – selection of embroidery flosses

– one canvas bag with the printed sampler design

– Embroidery needle

– 7” 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.

Milou also offers a follow on class which we hope to be running later in the year – Upcycle your clothing with embroidery with Moody Bright Designs . The class will help you understand how to come up with your own designs, how to transfer onto cloth in particular with garments in mind. We will offer a discount to returning students.

LEVEL: All levels are welcome

CLASS SIZE: Now reduced to 4 partioipants to ensure social distancing.

Class Duration: 2.5hrs (choose from AM or PM slot)

Covid-19 Safety Measures we have implemented

PRICE: £45

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)


December 13
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Barley Massey