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Needlework Weekend – A Touch of Tudor
Course Dates: Saturday 28th October 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017
Category: Needlework
Price: £160


Our Needlework Weekend has become an annual autumn event. Immerse yourself in two days of uninterrupted stitching and learn a wide range of beautiful techniques from published embroiderers and respected tutors Hazel Everett and Pat Trott. Embroider with a variety of different threads using a very broad range of surface stitches and goldwork techniques, with guidance at every stage. This year’s theme is A Touch of Tudor and you will create a lovely scene in needlework, capturing the colours and textures of the 16th century in beautiful threads. Treat yourself to a whole weekend devoted to needlework in the company of experts. (See ‘Skills/Techniques Covered’ for the many stitches offered.)

Further Detail

Pat and Hazel will show you an array of stitchery techniques to choose from to adorn your embroidery.  There will be a choice of two designs, but you are also welcome to bring your own if you prefer. The tutors’ designs have been devised to incorporate a wide range of skills and threads, to cover all levels of ability; from the novice stitcher right through to the advanced. Teaching will include group demonstrations alongside plenty of individual guidance. On completing the course, you will have gained sufficient knowledge to continue your embroidery at home.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • the materials and tools needed for each technique and how to use them.
  • couching down several goldwork threads including Jap, ‘T’ numbers, smooth passing and textured Rococco/check threads.
  • working with hollow purls using a range of techniques including chippings and loops
  • attaching pearl purl 
  • applying twists
  • using well known stitches to represent leaves, flowers and insects 
  • traditional embroidery stitches to include among others, stem stitch, whipped chain stitch, Palestrina knot, twisted chain and cable plait
  • how to combine the many different techniques to create Tudor style embroidery


Beginner - advanced


Materials are not included in your course fee. This is because the amounts used vary depending on the project(s) completed. Some materials will be provided by the tutors. The approximate cost of these will be £15-20, payable to the tutors during the course.

The tutors will bring some equipment that can be borrowed during the course: tweezers, velvet boards, scissors, beeswax, chalk pencils and pounce. The tutors will also bring a range of threads and materials that can be purchased if desired.

The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • an embroidery frame; tambour (round) or square wooden frame, 10 to 12 inches. It will help enormously if the frame is free-standing as it allows both hands to be used for the embroidery. There are many different types available such as barrel clamps, seat frames, trestles, Lowrey stands, etc. If you are unsure about which type to bring, please contact the tutors via the school. Square frames will be available for sale.
  • a general sewing kit; this should include a variety of needles including chenille or tapestry no. 18, crewel no. 6, no. 9 and no. 10. Also, an old gold coloured domestic sewing thread such as Gutermann no. 488, flat-ended tweezers and beeswax
  • a sharp pair of embroidery scissors with very fine points
  • an old pair of fine pointed scissors to cut metal threads and wires 
  • all goldwork threads you already have (Hazel will be bringing some for sale)
  • background fabrics for instance, calico – medium and fine, silk noil or Dupion (enough to fit frame)
  • a selection of stranded cottons, Perle thread sizes 5, 8 and 12 and Coton a Broder sizes 16 and 25 in colours suited to the theme
  • a gold gel pen or fine point water soluble fabric pen (blue), or a magic maker (purple) or a Frixion pen 

Tutor Profile

Hazel Everett graduated from the Royal School of Needlework with a thorough understanding of a broad range of embroidery techniques. She has worked as a professional embroiderer for more than 25 years. Hazel's work includes private commissions and teaching at many adult learning venues. Hazel specialises in goldwork embroidery and silk shading, and is author of Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration (Search Press, 2011).

Second tutor bio

Pat is a life member of the Embroiderers' Guild and her work has been featured in Needlework and New Stitches magazines. She is the author of two books;  Beginner's Guide to Mountmellick Embroidery and Three Dimensional Embroidery Stitches. Pat's work has been exhibited at the Commonwealth Institute in London. 

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.