Classes

For the truly best learning experience, join Sarah on one of her classes or tours. Sarah has taught abroad as well as the UK, so if you are further afield keep checking back; you never know, she might be holding a class in your area!
  
Join Sarah in India for Embroidered Textile Treasures of Gujarat! SOLD OUT
NEW tour for 2020! - Maharani's Gardens, Jaipur
 
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Current class programme (listed by date):
 
 

Distance learning class

'Spring' Jacobean Crewelwork

Join when you like!

Spring full imagePrice: £95.00

Learn all about the traditional embroidery technique of crewework in the historical style of Jacobean. Learn along with Sarah in this 'Sping' inspired design! Start when you like and work at your own pace; Sarah is on hand to help you if you get stuck!  

Check out the distance learning class page here for lots of information on our our courses work including frequently asked questions.

To book on the class click here, join any time you like!

   

Distance learning class

'Love, Sin and Morality' - Crewelwork, goldwork and silk shading

Join when you like!

lsm final 1Price: £195.00

Stitch this beautiful William Morris inspired design and learn the basics of crewelwork, goldwork and silk shading all in one piece! Learn along with Sarah via video lessons; start when you like and work at your own pace. Sarah is on hand to help you if you get stuck!  

Check out the distance learning class page here for lots of information on our our courses work including frequently asked questions.

To book on the class click here, join any time you like!


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 Block printing specialists - online craft supplies, workshops & textile holidays
 
Embroidered textile treasures of Gujarat

11 Nights/12 Days - 10th October - 24th October 2018

SOLD OUT

London ~ Ahmedabad ~ Gondal ~ Bhuj ~ Morvi ~ Dasada ~ Patan ~ Ahmedabad ~ London

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I'm very excited to be leading this wonderful tour for Colouricious! This is a special trip for textile and handicraft lovers, getting off the beaten tourist trail for this exploration of the real and old India, the one rich with traditions and artisans. Gujarat is an area which many years ago attracted migrants from many other places around due to its location. Bringing with them their expertise in block printing, weaving, dyeing and embroidery, this area is the place to visit if you have an interest in witnessing, first hand, how these techniques are still practiced.

During your Colouricious trip you will find that we have packed full a schedule for you of visits to villages and makers, museums and heritage walks. We have found examples of many different types of block printing, shown to you by the expert artisans who have been honing their art for many generations.                                                    

Gujarat is considered to be the jewel of western India, missed by many visitors to the continent, the villages and countryside holds the state’s treasures. We have arranged that you will be expertly guided around this vibrant area which is just bursting with producers of the country’s finest textiles.

On our tour you will be experiencing a variety of places, from Gondal a small leafy town to Patan, the ex capital, a dusty town with elaborate wooden houses and famed for its silk textiles.

With much of India now becoming westernised you will find here an opportunity to see it how it was before technology. However, this area is very much on the up, with the renewed interest of buying heirloom pieces, appreciation of the hand made and the sustainability of products made with naturally and locally grown plants, Gujarat is the place to go for those who have an interest in history and tradition.

Prices from £2650

For more information, detailed itinery, pictures, videos and booking visit the Colouricious website here.

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Eternal Embroidery Stitching Retreat at Bettys Cafe Tearooms, Harrogate
 
 Bettys Harrogate
 
Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Stitching and tea at the famous Bettys tearooms!
Price: £150 (materials included)
 
I will be joining Angela of Eternal Embroidery at the famous Bettys tearooms in Harrogate for a days stitching retreat! Join us to learn applique, ribbonwork, goldwork and stumpwork in a teatime themed project and of course we can't forget afternoon tea!
 
Why not stay over and visit the Knitting and Stitching show too (22nd-25th November)?

Booking open, click here!

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Bettys, Harrogate


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Royal School of Needlework,

Hampton Court Palace. Surrey, KT8 9AU

 Friday 8th March - Sunday 10th March 2019
 
 Drawing and design for embroidery  10.00-4.00
 
designing the hare picPrice: £TBC (including materials)

This class is open to all stitchers who wish to develop their design skills and aims to give you confidence in the drawing and design process to help you work on unique designs for your embroidery projects. This is a practical course, with lots of doodling, drawing, and experimenting with media. You'll learn some theory of composition, and how colour works. On the final day you will bring it all together as you work on your own embroidery design. We will be giving you very practical ways of drawing and boosting your confidence in your own skills. Take the next step with us!

Your tutors: Sarah and Caroline Homfray

Booking coming soon

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Royal School of Needlework,

Hampton Court Palace. Surrey, KT8 9AU

 Friday 5th July - Sunday 7th July 2019
 
 Drawing and design for embroidery  10.00-4.00
 
designing the hare picPrice: £TBC (including materials)

This class is open to all stitchers who wish to develop their design skills and aims to give you confidence in the drawing and design process to help you work on unique designs for your embroidery projects. This is a practical course, with lots of doodling, drawing, and experimenting with media. You'll learn some theory of composition, and how colour works. On the final day you will bring it all together as you work on your own embroidery design. We will be giving you very practical ways of drawing and boosting your confidence in your own skills. Take the next step with us!

Your tutors: Sarah and Caroline Homfray

Booking coming soon

 
 
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Block printing specialists - online craft supplies, workshops & textile holidays
 
  Maharani's Gardens with Sarah Homfray

21st January 2020 - 31st January 2020

 10 Nights/11 Days

London – Jaipur – London

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Join Sarah in the fabulous city of Jaipur for a magical goldwork and gardens experience! Gather inspiration from three of its beautiful gardens as well as visiting the local artisans of Jaipur, all to help encourage your creativity when making your own Maharani gardens inspired piece. Sarah will teach you the the historical art of goldwork embroidery combined with your own block printing designs for stunning results!

Jaipur is one of the most beautiful states of India due to the ancient history and art heritage; there are people, patterns and embroidery everywhere! You will be will be staying in the city of Jaipur which is the capital of the block printing India. Using Jaipur as our base, we will be taking days trips out to other areas for our block printing adventures – in particular, the dabu block printing workshop where you will block print your own fabric with mud, being taught by ladies in a village about an hour from Jaipur. Also in a town called Bagru, we will spend a morning block printing in a more “basic” factory i.e. with a more rural flavour.

We often squeeze in more activities than expected which pop up spontaneously; have your own clothes made by a local tailor, shop in the local markets but also in the best shops in town, such as Fab India and Anouki. Let us know if there is anything in particular you are looking for, in the fabric world, so we can take you there. You will love Babu Bazaar for embellishments as well as the factories where you can buy fabric direct from the printers.

This holiday includes return flights, London Heathrow overnight to Jaipur.  8 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast and evening meal. Private coach throughout the tour. 

Prices from £2045

For more information, detailed itinery, pictures, videos and booking visit the Colouricious website here.

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