This course has concessions available

Embroidery: Beginners and Intermediate

Learn some simple stitches and the techniques you need to complete your own embroidery projects.

Who is this course for

This course is for absolute beginners and improvers, no embroidery skills or experience is needed but basic sewing machine and hand sewing skills would be an advantage.

This Course will take place at Blackfriars Settlement 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB
This a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station

What does this course cover

This beginner's embroidery course teaches you all of the basic techniques you will need to create beautiful projects for you and your home. You will learn a selection of hand embroidery stitches including outline & filling stitches, chains and knots, bead embroidery and sewing machine embroidery and try them all out with different materials and threads. You will design your own projects to embroider using all the new skills you have learnt.

The course starts with the very basic techniques of hand embroidery from how to thread a needle to designing your own projects. You will explore and experiment creatively with fabric manipulation through stitch, colour and texture to develop a small portfolio of samples. Beginning with simple exercises on binca fabric, we will move on to Aida fabric and then to finer fabrics when you will learn to work with an embroidery hoop or frame. You will experiment with simple applique using machine embroidery stitching.
By the end of the course students will be able to:

' Demonstrate 10 hand embroidery stitches
' design an image to use for a hand embroidery project
' identify suitable materials and equipment to start an embroidery project
' transfer designs from paper to fabric
' make an small item using hand or machine stitching techniques

What will it be like

Learning will be helped by individual guidance and support from the tutor as well as peer centred learning. Skills and knowledge will be learned by demonstrations and simple projects, where you learn the stitches and techniques. Student will then work independently to put them into practice with tutor advice and peer assistance. This will be supported by hand-outs. Your progress is monitored by tutor feedback and initial, on-course and end of course self-assessment. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

A selection of basic materials is provided but you will need to provide additional materials for your personal project work. Your tutor will advise on this.

Please bring your basic sewing kit, to include needles, pins, scissors, tape measure and any threads that you might like to use. Bring a notebook and pen, an A4 folder for handouts and samples.

What this course could lead to

Other embroidery and textiles courses are available at the Mary Ward Centre, you tutor will advise as to your next steps.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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