A stitch drawn – hand embroidery with Richard McVetis

Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Ref: SLW11213

Suitable for all

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About this course

Use traditional hand embroidery techniques to explore 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.

Course Description

In this workshop Richard has drawn on his love of stitching, paying attention to time, labour and care to develop three days of stitching.

In this workshop you will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore 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.

You will explore the following stitches: straight / running / seeding / couching / whipped + laced / back / fly / chain / blanket

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 most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed.

There will be a series of small lectures, as well as an artist talk.


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.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • A selection of threads to supplement what you bring will be supplied by the tutor for the use of the group.

What students need to bring

  • The following materials
  • A selection of fabrics to embroider on, example 30 x 70 cm or bigger if you wish (you will use this as the base for all stitching throughout the course). It is important you choose fabrics which are easy to stitch on, calicos, woven wools, linen or similar.
  • A selection of traditional embroidery threads – stranded cotton, perle cotton – a range of colours but must include a variety in black.
  • A selection of non traditional embroidery threads – from wool for knitting to wires, steel cords, laces (I will bring a selection with me) – a range of colours but must include a variety in black.
  • Any other materials you feel connected to and might want to use.
  • Basic embroideyr kit scissors, needles, embroidery hoop
  • Glasses for close work if you need them.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Embroidery hoops (also available to borrow in the studio)
  • Embroidery needles – various sizes
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Pens/ pencils
  • Sketchbook / papers to draw on


Richard McVetis

Richard studied at The Royal College of Art and has practiced as an artist since 2005. He is member of The 62 Group of Textile Artists and has exhibited across Europe, America and Korea. Richard is a finalist in the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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