Mindful Embroidery with Richard McVetis

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Location: Hand & Lock Studio (86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE)

Date: Friday 10th November

Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm


This workshop sits alongside The Prize Finalists Exhibition for which you will get FREE entry when booking any of the taster workshops. See more details on tickets here: https://www.handembroideryshop.com/collections/the-prize-for-embroidery-exhibition-tickets/products/the-prize-embroidery-exhibition-2024


In this three hour workshop, we explore the potential of stitch as a method of mark-making; using stitch, process, and materials to express yourself. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching, the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing & mark making and the pleasure of having time to make.

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. Richard will give practical help by demonstrating how this can be achieved using the simplest hand embroidery techniques.

Good ideas need well nourished minds; this workshop inspires moments of mindfulness and conditions for creativity, to pause, think and re-energize.

Running, Whipped and Threaded Running, Couching and Fly Stitch, Seeding, Stem, Blanket and Chain stitch

All of the materials you need for this class will be provided for you as part of your course experience. You are more than welcome to bring your own embroidery equipment if you would rather use your own materials but everything will be provided for you.

Tutor Profiles

Our bespoke online classes are taught be expert hand embroiderers who have worked in the couture industry for brands such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and Burberry to name a few. The classes will cover the basics, insider tips and practical application making sure students are fully equipped to go on and apply what they have learned to their own garments and develop their own unique styles. Our tutors are work embroiderers first and tutors second which means they are able to give you a unique insight into the magical world of couture hand embroidery.

Read more about our amazing tutors here


You can find us at 86 Margaret Street, London W1W 8TE

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Our in person classes are taught in our school which is located upstairs in our studio. Unfortunately the building does not have lift access, so use of the stairs would be necessary.


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