What is a video course?
This is a fabulous way to learn if you are unable to get to, or don’t have, any classes near to you but would still like the opportunity to learn a new skill or brush up on your current skills. You will be taught by Sarah via video lessons allowing you to see exactly how each stitch is formed and how to apply it to your project; no more trying to understand what the instructions mean!
What courses are available?
See above for courses currently on offer. All pieces are designed, stitched and taught by Sarah.
Who teaches the courses?
Your course is led by professional embroiderer Sarah Homfray. Sarah trained on the three year Royal School of Needlework apprenticeship gaining a diploma in Hand embroidery with distinction. She went on to gain a teaching certificate with North Kent College and Greenwich University and has a wealth of experience teaching embroidery at home and abroad since graduating in 2006. To read more about Sarah, click here.
Who are the courses aimed at?
Anyone wishing to learn the art of hand embroidery or brush up on their hand embroidery skills under the guidance of a professional hand embroiderer wherever you are in the world! These are also a great way to take the next step in your embroidery journey and push yourself a little bit further under the calm and encouraging guidance of Sarah!
What ability level are the courses aimed at?
Check the detailed course information above for the level of the course.
Do I need any computer skills?
We have tried to keep computer interaction as minimal as possible (this is an embroidery course after all!), but to be able to offer this to students wherever they are in the world, it’s inevitable that some computer knowledge will be needed. You will need only basic computer skills which you already have as you are reading this page! You will need an e-mail address in order to purchase the project online. The videos are available to watch on the website for which you will need a customer account which you can set up when you purchase your class (if you have bought from us before you may already have one) or we can provide a login for you. You can view the videos on a computer, tablet or phone but a large screen is recommended for the optimum viewing experience. Only those who have paid for the class will be given access to view the videos. Any problems with the technical aspects of this course, please contact sarahhomfray.com here. (If you joined a distance learning class before 20th June 2018 you can continue to view your videos on YouTube with your Google/YouTube login or view them on the website.)
What format are the courses taught in?
The courses are taught by Sarah in a set of detailed HD videos, available to watch right here on the website. There is an accompanying written instruction booklet with colour stitch diagrams, notes and information. You will need both of these to work the project.
Do I need any special equipment to do the course?
A high quality materials pack is provided containing everything you need for the projects other than a sharp pair of embroidery scissors which are available from the shop here if you don't have any. There is an option to buy an inexpensive frame to frame your piece at the end if you want to and occaisionally you may need to purchase a ring frame if you haven't got one (check individual course details for this).
How much does the course cost and what do I get for my money?
See individual courses for prices. For the price you will get tutoring from a Royal School of Needlework trained embroiderer (apprenticeship graduate) and fully qualified teacher with 15+ years of teaching experience.
A high quality materials pack containing everything you need, including screen printed original design by Sarah, all your threads cut to length and threaded onto a project thread card or bagged and labelled, needles, other materials specific to each project and a high quality photograph of the finished project for your reference. All in a presentation box.
A beautiful original design to work designed by Sarah.
Hours of HD video tuition of the whole project and accompanying printed instructions.
How many places are there on the courses and when do they run?
If there are materials packs available in the shop then there are places available! As soon as you have signed up to the course, your materials pack will be sent out to you along with access to the videos so that you can get going! Videos are now available for as long as you want them!
Can I try before I buy?
There are lots of free videos on Sarah’s YouTube channel for you to have a go at before you commit to the course! Try some single stitches, or buy one of Sarah’s goldwork material packs and have a go at the 'Daisy' project or the 'Copper Petals' project. The latter is a good sample of the kind of video tuition you will receive on the projects. Don’t forget to watch full screen for the best HD picture!
How long will it take me to do the course?
You are given as much time as you need to work your chosen course but Sarah believes strongly in the importance of finishing a project in order to learn and feel that wonderful sense of achievement so she will encourage you to finish in a reasonable time. Try to allow yourself regular set times to work on the project whether it's half an hour here or there or one day every few weeks, whatever you are able to do that fits into your life.
Is my work marked?
These courses no longer come with written feedback but do feel free to share on social media and tag Sarah Homfray Embroidery and Sarah will be happy to have a look!
Do I get a qualification?
This course is not currently accredited to an official education body.
Can I work this project with a friend?
The more the merrier and working with a friend will inspire you both to stitch! Please note though, that the videos can’t be shared; each student wishing to work this design will need to sign up through the website and pay the total fee to get their materials pack and access to the videos. Please respect Sarah’s copyright and the many hours of work that goes into creating each course by not sharing the courses around. Again there are lots of free videos on YouTube for everyone to have a go at.
Why should I sign up for one of these courses?
The chance to learn from a qualified and experienced professional Royal School of Needlework apprenticeship trained embroiderer and teacher.
High quality materials pack with everything you need to work the projects.
Projects designed with completion in mind
Full HD video instruction covering the whole project.
No waiting times; enrol when you like, start as soon as your materials pack arrives and take the lessons whenever it is convenient for you.