Hand Embroidery Short Course

NEW Weekend Class: learn essential Hand Embroidery techniques in a creative and imaginative way with award-winning artist Richard McVetis


Richard McVetis

Date and Time

Saturday 10 June 2023
2:00 to 5:00 pm

Tuition Fee

3 hours@ £40

Introduction and Course Content

For this course, artist Richard McVetis draws on his love of stitching, paying special attention to time, labour and care in the making of Embroidery pieces.

This workshop will explore a combination of traditional Hand Embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the tenderness; the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making; and the pleasure in having time to make.

This is an experimental approach to stitching and draws on the imagination of each participant: create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw.

Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the simplest of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed. The emphasis will be on both group and individual tuition.

We will learn the following stitches: Running, Back, Straight, Couching, Whipped Running, Seeding, Stem, Fly, Blanket and Chain.


-To develop traditional Hand Embroidery skills
-To translate your own thoughts and inspiration into stitch
-To develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for adult learners (18+) with basic hand stitch experience. Beginners are also very welcome.


All Sewn Up, Unit 1, The Coop Centre, 11 Mowll Street, London SW9 6BG.
Tel:  020 7840 0216
Email: admin@lmhs.org.uk

Number of Students

12 maximum


Tutor feedback
Learner self-assessment


You will have the use of all equipment in the workroom including: large tables, sewing machines, over-lockers, irons & metal rulers. You will have the use of an Embroidery hoop for the duration of the course.

Material Costs

Most embroidery materials including worksheets, embroidery canvas needles and haberdashery items will be provided for the course; there might be small fees for additional items.

How to Apply

Enrol in person, by post or email admin@lmhs.org.uk
Enrolment form available online or on request (by phone or email).