Embroidery for beginners

Course Dates: 04/03/22 - 25/03/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
Discover the world of hand embroidery and learn all about the stitches, tools and materials used to create personal embroidered pieces full of colour, texture and imagination.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: VO206

Fri, day, 04 Mar - 25 Mar '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This is an introductory course to stitches and approaches to traditional hand embroidery. Beginning with a foundation in basic stitches, progressing to more complex ones to convey narrative through stitch. You will finish by bringing toegther the taught stitches into your own samples or finished piece.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Session 1: Learn about which tools and materials you need to use to start hand embroidery. You will explore how to use an embroidery hoop and discover which fabric, threads, and embroidery needles are traditionally used. The beginners stitches of cross, back, running, seed and knots will be demonstrated. Progress onto couching and looped stitches.
Session 2: Begin to learn more complicated stitches such as spider’s web, fly, chain, Indian edge and cloud filling stitches. Find out how to create texture and use colour in trellis work.
Session 3: You will be introduced to the embroidery from mid-century design, Shasiko patterns and cross stitch templates for letters and numbers to explore how to transfer designs onto fabric and use waste fabric.
Session 4: Explore how embroidery stitches can be used in design and art by looking at contemporary textile artist’s work. Through discussion with tutor develop hand embroidery stitches into a finished piece. Consider what materials and stitches you will need to complete a personal project or with an art, home décor or a fashion accessories theme.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Describe the key stitches, tools and materials used in hand embroidery
- Demonstrate more complicated stitches that are looped and have texture
- Show how to incorporate colour with fabric backgrounds and threads
- Use waste fabric to create initials and numbers and transder simple designs onto fabric
- Name textile artists who use hand stitch and embroidery processes
- Begin at least one personal piece.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed for complete beginners with little or no experience in hand embroidery.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment and a reminder email sent out 3 days before the course starts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please gather:
- 25cm size bamboo embroidery hoop
- A very small screwdriver or 1p piece (to tighten hoop)
- Sharp small scissors
- Good quality cotton embroidery threads in a range of colours
- 100% cotton fabric in a colour/s you like
- Embroidery needles
- 10 count waste canvas (for letters and numbers in cross stitch)
You will be advised of any other materials via google classroom and throughout the course.
- You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor.
- You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window. We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos.
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City offers a range of courses in Fashion and Textiles where you can explore your embroidery further. Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.

Beverley Sell

Beverley has an academic training in Fine Art and Textiles and for a while set up a design business in Knitted Garments. Whilst studying for an MA in Textiles, Beverley started using traditional Bead Weaving, Embroidery and Quilting techniques to create painted and stitched pieces. This led to creating accredited and personal interest short courses in Beaded Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles. Beverley continues to use constructive Textile techniques within her teaching practise. She is actively involved in her community and works closely with local charities to explore how Art and Craft increases Well Being. She is a member of Hastings Arts Forum where she curates Textile shows and exhibits.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.