Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Decorative hand embroidery and embellishment with Charlotte Bailey

Ref: SWE09616

Suitable for all


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About this course

Learn a range of traditional needlework stitches including crewelwork, canvas work, raised work and silk shading. Enjoy using these stitches in various combinations with coloured silks, threads and beads, to create individual decorative hand embroidery.

Course Description

During this workshop, Charlotte will introduce you to the world of decorative hand embroidery and embellishment. You will become familiar with needlework techniques including freehand embroidery stitches, silk shading, raised work, goldwork, beading and embellishment and apply these in a contemporary setting to create your own decorative embroidery art.

Experimenting with various threads, fabrics and beads, you will create your own inspiration sampler to inform your outcome. With access to Charlotte's own archive of embroidered pieces, stitch samples and sketchbooks, you will understand the possibilities available through stitch, and to learn to create unique pieces in this fresh approach to embroidery using a combination of techniques which are accessible to all.


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


  • Access to the tutor's own selections of threads, beads and materials. This will provide you with ample equipment to work with throughout the course.
  • Embroidery hoops may be borrowed during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Reading glasses if worn
  • A thimble/embroidery scissors/embroidery hoop/needles – if you have them
  • You may like to bring a photograph, drawing, magazine cut-out or fabric swatch that you like, as this can help to inspire your own design, but this is not essential.
  • You may like to bring particular embroidery equipment you like working with, or materials, such as beads or threads which you would like to include or find out how you can put them to use.
  • Although not a structured element to the course, you may also like to bring along a sketchbook and any design materials you think would be beneficial to your practice.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sewing essentials, needles, pins, etc


Charlotte Bailey

Charlotte Bailey is a hand-embroidery artist who trained at the Royal School of Needlework and works from her studio on the south coast. She has collaborated on commissions from Louis Vuitton and Mary Katrantzou to the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, and has embroidered for esteemed London ateliers Hand and Lock. More recently she has worked on freelance embellishment for Disney and Netflix projects alongside maintaining her own personal practice.


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

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