Embroidery: Beginners and Intermediate

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.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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.

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 and plan an embroidery project
- Transfer designs from paper to fabric
- Make an small item using hand or machine stitching techniques or a combination of both

What will it be like

Classes will be considerably smaller and we will be working across two rooms to maximise the space and distance rules during these difficult times.
Teaching methods: Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through weekly visual demonstrations and simple projects. Students will then work independently supported by written hand-outs with visual diagrams, group discussions and 121 teaching.
Learning methods will include hands-on practical activities, reading handouts, following verbal and written instruction and group discussion.
Your progress is assessed by questions and answers during group discussions and 121 teaching, recording students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning. 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 the first session; to include needles, needle threader, pins, scissors, tape measure and any threads that you might like to use. Bring a notebook and pen, and 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: www.learndirect.co.uk tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites: floodlight.co.uk; hotcourses.com

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’