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Embroidery with Helen

Hand embroidery is a perfect craft for someone wanting to find a relaxing hobby creating beautiful pieces to grace their clothes or home, suitable for all ages and abilities. Did you know that embroidery is fast becoming the new cool craft as it promotes mindfulness and is so portable. We are offering a series of Saturday Workshops and a Weekly Class on a Tuesday. Why not come along and find your inner creative calm…

what to expect- 6 week course?

Creative Embroidery Course – Tuesday Weekly Classes, 12.30-2.30pm, from Sept 17th 2019. Six weeks £90.
A creative course to learn how to embellish your fashion and home
furnishings or create a piece of art. We will explore techniques of hand
embroidery, applique, hand quilting, beadwork and English paper piecing.
You will learn how to design, use colour and apply a variety of techniques to your own work with examples from past and present designers.
Choose from making a sampler of techniques or a book cover (maybe
for your sketch book) then together we can develop individual projects
you would like to work on. Materials list provided on booking.

what to expect- one day / saturday workshop?

Themed Embroidery workshops from 10am – 4pm, leave with a complete piece of embroidery. All materials and drinks are included. Just remember your packed lunch. £55.

Sun Mandalas – Saturday 7th September
Relax for the day being mindful and learn new embroidery stitches to create a beautiful hanging mandala in an embroidery hoop to adorn your home. We will look at mandala design from India to inspire us.
You will then have the skills to apply the hand stitches in your creative
work to make unique fashion and home furnishings.

Durham Quilting – Saturday 5th October
Spend a day learning about our quilting heritage. Create a beautiful placemat using the traditional patterns and designs of the ladies in the northern dales.
You will acquire the knowledge of hand quilting which can be applied
to future patchwork and quilting projects.

Scandinavian Gift Bag – Saturday 9th November
Create a folk bag inspired by Scandinavian designs. Learn the techniques of felt applique and embellishment while gaining an insight into Swedish textile work. We will use hand embroidery stitches and beadwork to enhance the bold attractive folk design. You leave with the completed bag and the skills to recreate these techniques at home.

Early Spring Flowers – Saturday 4th January 2020. Enjoy a day embroidering a flower design you have chosen from Helens
spring collection. You will learn a variety of new hand stitches and look
at the use of flowers in textile flower fabrics to inspire you.
The finished embroidered flower or two can be embellished with sequin and bead work. Your work will be presented in a mount for you to take home.

About Helen

Ilkley textile artist and qualified textiles teacher Helen Barnes is sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of hand embroidery and quilting from around the world with a selection of themed workshops and a weekly class. A member of the Embroiders Guild Helen regularly features in Ilkleys annual Art Trail and teaches workshops across Yorkshire.

course schedule

6-week embroidery classes starting in September 2019,  £90

Six consecutive weeks.

  • Tuesday 17th September 2019 – 2.00-4.00pm
  • Tuesday 5th November 2019 – 2.00-4.00pm

no class 27th October half term

One-Day Saturday Workshop, £55

Saturday 7th September – Sun Mandalas

Saturday 5th October – Durham Quilting

Saturday 9th November – Scandinavian Gift Bag

Saturday 4th January – Early Spring Flowers

how to book our embroidery classes

All our classes are popular,  so please do plan ahead to avoid disappointment. We limit our classes to small numbers to ensure a good ratio of tutor to student, this will be a maximum of 8 for these classes.

Latest news and last minute availability is also posted on our Facebook page so do LIKE the page so you are kept up to date and we send out regular newsletters by email.

Please read our booking terms & conditions carefully before booking (they’re only short!). Do also check your advance diary, because any money you’ve paid us can’t be refunded if you discover you’re double-booked.

To enquire or book for any of our sewing classes, please call 07525 029986 or email us.