Classes

For the truly best learning experience, join Sarah on one of her classes. 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
 
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Current class programme (listed by date):
 
 

Distance learning class

'Spring' Jacobean Crewelwork

Join when you like!

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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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Heritage Skills Centre
Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA
 
Saturday 30th June 2018 - Fabric covered boxes10.00-4.00

Learn to make these beautiful fabric covered boxes; they make beautiful gifts or keep it for yourself! You can embellish the lid with your own embroidery.

Bring your own fabric or Sarah will provide pieces to choose from. If bringing your own, cotton quilting fabric is ideal and smnall prints work better. Half a fat quarter will be plenty.

Suitable for those new to embroidery and box making

Booking now open, click here!

 

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Royal School of Needlework,

Hampton Court Palace. Surrey, KT8 9AU

 Friday 13th July - Sunday 15th July 2018 - Last few places
OR Tuesday 17th July-Thursday 19th July - SOLD OUT
 
 Drawing and design for embroidery  10.00-4.00
 
designing the hare picPrice: £230.50 (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

For detailed information on this course and booking, click here

 
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Heritage Skills Centre
Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA
 
Friday 27th July 2018 - Steampunk goldwork embroidery 10.00-4.00
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In this one day workshop we will be using traditional goldwork techniques with an added splash of steampunk style! We will use goldwork wires and threads and original watch parts to make a small design that can be made into a brooch/sew on patch/hat pin. Selection of designs to choose from; book now, you won't find this class anywhere else!

 

Suitable for those new to goldwork embroidery and steampunk stitchers!

Booking now open, click here!

 
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Eternal Embroidery Stitching Retreat at Coombe Abbey, Coventry
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Tuesday 14th - Wednesday 15th August 2018 - Medieval embroidery at Coombe
Price: £245 (materials included, accomodation extra)
 
Opus Anglicanum Face
I will be joining Angela, Eternal Embroidery in the beautiful settings of Coombe Abbey for this two day stitching retreat! As befits a medieval setting, we will be trying our hand at medieval embroidery; We will look at the history, and practice the skills used, of the medieval embroidery technique of Opus Anglicanum (English work). Famous across Europe, this technique marks the highest point in embroidery's development, producing vestments, frontals and other items for the church and adorning royalty and nobility. The apprenticeship to work these fine pieces took seven years and used only the best of materials including gold threads, pearls and gemstones. We will retreat back to medieval times for two days looking at two of the main techniques used, split stitch shading and the goldwork underside couching technique. Using these methods, we will reproduce a face from the past like those that adorned many of the beautiful Opus Anglicanum pieces.

Booking open, click here!

Coombe Abbey West Terrace(1) Reception Area Restaurant

 


 

 colouricious
 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 Betty's Tearoom, Harrogate
 
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Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Stitching and tea at the famous Betty's tearoom!
Price: £150 (materials included)
 
I will be joining Angela of Eternal Embroidery at the famous Betty's tearoom in Harrogate for a days stitching retreat! Join us to learn applique, ribbonwork, goldwork and stumpwork in a teatime themed project and of course don'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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Class: Shisha Embroidery
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln
 
Class: 17th Century stumpwork
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln
Date 17th February 2018
 
Class: Opus Anglicanum
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum
Date: 2nd December 2017
 
Class: Ribbon embroidery
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre
Date: 18th November 2017
 
Class: Animals in Jacobean embroidery
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre
Date: 21st October 2017
 
Class: Stitching retreat - Illuminated letters
Venue:Kingcombe Centre, Toller Percorum, Dorchester
Date: 29th September-7th October 2017
 
Class: Elizabethan Knot Gardens
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre
Date: 16th September 2017
 
Class: Opus Anglicanum
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle
Date: 15th July 2017
 
Class: Silk shading and Stumpwork
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle
Date: 17th June 2017
 
Class: Whitework - Drawn thread
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle
Date: 20th May 2017
 
Class: Medieval Embroidery
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle
Date: 12th May 2017
 
Class:Goldwork Embroidery
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle
Date: 22nd April 2017
 
Class: Drawing and designing for embroidery
Venue: Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace
Date: 7th-9th April 2017
 
Class: Silk Shading
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre
Date: Saturday 25th March 2017
 
Class: Opus Anglicanum
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre
Date: Friday 10th March 2017
 
Class: Crewelwork
Venue: Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle
Date: Saturday 11th February 2017
 
Class: Opus Anglicanum
Venue: The Victoria and Albert Museum
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016
 
Class: Opus Anglicanum
Venue: The Victoria and Albert Museum
Date: Friday 11th  November 2016
 
Class: Blackwork and gold
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date: Sunday 6th November 2016
 
Class: Embroidered Samplers
Venue: Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University
Date: Saturday 15th October 2016
 
Class: Stumpwork Embroidery
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date: Saturday 23rd July 2016
 
Class: Silk shading
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date: 11th June 2016
 
Class: Goldwork
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date: 7th May 2016
 
Class: Jacobean Crewelwork
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date: 2nd April 2016
 
Class: Decorative boxes
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date: 6th March 2016
 
Class: Ribbon work
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date: 5th March 2016
 
Class: Elizabethan Blackwork
Venue: Lincoln Castle
Date:30th January 2016