SOLD OUT Richard McVetis: Hand Embroidery Workshop

Hand & Lock


Date: 21st-22nd January 2023

Time: 10:00am-4:30pm

Location: 86 Margaret Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8TE

In this two day 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. 

No prior hand embroidery experience is required. All of the materials and equipment are supplied. 

Day 1

- Artist Talk

- Introduction to materials and equipment 

- Running, Whipped and Threaded Running, Couching and Fly Stitch

Day 2

- Seeding, Stem, Blanket and Chain stitch 

Free time to explore the stitches in more depth 

About Richard McVetis 

Richard McVetis graduated in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2008. Since completing his BA in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, he has been shortlisted for several distinguished prizes, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, UK, 2011 and 2017; and the international Loewe Craft Prize in 2018. In addition, McVetis has shown work nationally and internationally at several exhibitions including The British Textile Biennial, Rossendale, UK, 2021; RENEW at Kettles Yard, UK, 2019; Loewe Craft Prize, The Design Museum, London, UK, 2018; Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, UK, 2017; 'Form + Motion@ - a major exhibition with British Council and Crafts Council for the Cheongju Craft Biennial, South Korea, 2017. In 2022 he had his first solo show at the Craft Study Centre, Farnham. Richard is a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London. 

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