This course has concessions available

Hand Embroidery: Absolute Beginners

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

Available Classes:

Who is this course for

This course is for people who are completely new to embroidery or those who haven't done any for years. People who have always had a passion for embroidery, those who want to learn to embroider their own clothes, and people who want to make gifts for themselves and/or others. In fact, anyone interested in taking up hand embroidery as a hobby or interest.
Hand embroidery is also proven to improve mental health, help with depression and anxiety, and improve self-esteem. We hope to create an atmosphere of mindfulness and enjoyment.

What does this course cover

Everything from how to thread a needle to designing and working on your own projects. We will start by learning some of the basic stitches, making a sampler for reference, and then making given projects until you feel ready to design your own.
You will learn how to work with an embroidery hoop and without, and how to finish your work for presentation.

What will it be like

The lessons will start with tutor demonstrations and videos and group instruction and one-to-one help throughout the lesson. We also hope that the class will be positive, friendly and fun.
There will be an optional coffee break half way through the lesson.

Teaching methods:
- Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
- Written handouts with visual diagrams.
- One-to-one teaching.
- Group discussions.

Learning methods:
- Hands on practical experience.
- Reading handouts and following instructions.
- One-to-one and group discussion.

How we assess students' progress on the course.

Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

All basic materials are provided, and the tutor can advise you if you wish to buy your own equipment or specialist materials for your projects.

What this course could lead to

Many other embroidery and textiles courses are available at the Mary Ward Centre. Your tutor can advise you on which course will suit you best or information is available from Reception.
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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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’