Hand Embroidery: Absolute Beginners

These masterclasses, three each term, are designed for people who can already use a sewing machine but may need to brush up on their skills. It is a very good add-on class for students attending our other fashion and textile courses. We will cover all sorts of techniques; zips, darts, gathers, waistbands, facings, pockets, sleeves and more. After this course you will be able to confidently apply the different techniques you have learnt to all those projects you want to make.

Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

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 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: www.learndirect.co.uk tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

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.’