Embroidery, Stitch and Surfaces Courses - Online & in London

Stitched, textured, embellished, embroidered and appliquéd surfaces can all transform your textiles project. Our offering of short and long courses will teach you a variety of skills to apply to any project you work on. From hand stitch workshops to creative machine embroidery and no matter your skill level, our tutors will provide techniques, tips and ideas to help realise your ambitions.

Taught in our purpose built studio, with good natural light and height adjustable tables and chairs, the learning experience is both encouraging and challenging. Tutors support learners to select appropriate techniques with which to complete their project and develop a body of samples that can be used on future projects.

As with anything, practice makes perfect so we strongly encourage practicing your stitching whenever you can, to get the most out of your classes. You’ll get a buzz out of seeing how fast you master a stitch before learning the next one. Most materials are provided and a full explanation of what you might need to bring can be found in each course page.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

  1. Slow contemplative stitch

    Slow contemplative stitch

    New
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A short online course, focussing on slow contemplative stitching and how this can relax and focus the mind through the process of a practical, repetitive activity.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Freehand machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your freehand machine embroidery techniques focusing on working on lacy surfaces on water soluble fabrics and patchwork on this online course. Create lace patches and fillings for embellishment. Learn about continuous patterns and lace techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  4. Text for textiles

    Text for textiles

    New
    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An introductory stitch course where will learn different ways of designing and using text in textile works, using different hand stitch and applique techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Shibori into stitch

    Shibori into stitch

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    You will learn traditional Japanese stitch techniques, Sashiko and Boro to create samples that can be taken on to further projects. You do not need to have completed VX470 Introduction to Shibori to enrol on this course but you will need to bring in your own Shibori samples.

    You do not need to have completed Introduction to Shibori to enrol on this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  6. Making a mini protest banner

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will give you an insight into the history of textile protest banners and teach you techniques to make your own mini banner in stitch.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Textiles: recycle fabrics using kantha stitch

    Textiles: recycle fabrics using kantha stitch

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Using techniques inspired by kantha quilting, recycle your old favourite fabrics. Blend old and new materials with simple running stitch to create several exploratory samples or a small resolved piece.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  8. Illustrative embroidery for textiles

    Illustrative embroidery for textiles

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your embroidery skills in both hand and machine stitching. Create a range of samples, learn how to transfer designs to cloth, explore design ideas, experiment with fabrics and threads.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the world of embroidery and embellishment. Explore a concept of your choice through experimentation with embroidery and embellishment techniques using hand and machine methods.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Textiles: monoprinting and hand stitch

    Textiles: monoprinting and hand stitch

    Course Date: Mon 26 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with a range of mono printing techniques; painted, wiped and drawn, onto fabric. You will use these techniques with appliqué, manipulation and hand stitch to layer and build exciting dimensional surfaces, exploring pattern and texture.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  11. Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James

    Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw from your own photographs of people and buildings then learn how to stitch those drawings on to cloth using a sewing machine. Add fabric to create a completed contemporary textile artwork.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  12. Introduction to quilting

    Introduction to quilting

    Course Date: Mon 9 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt using a range of construction and embellishment techniques. Work with simple shapes from recycled fabrics or bring your own fat quarters to create a personalised quilt. Suitable for beginners.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

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