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Seed Pod – Mixed Embroidery Techniques
Course Dates: Saturday 23rd September 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017
Category: Needlework
Price: £160


This creative course mixes a variety of hand embroidery techniques such as stumpwork, appliqué and crewelwork stitches to create a 3-dimentioal Jacobean style pod. The design uses a variety of silk and linen fabrics and wire edging to help the shape stand away from the background fabric.

Further Detail

This project is split into three separate elements which come together at the end to form a stunning 3-dimensional piece of work. The main body of the pod is padded with felt with a layer of silk over it. This is embroidered with beaded flowers and small leaves. The two sides to the pod are worked with a variety of hand embroidery stitches such as satin stitch, chain stitch and grid stitch, and embellished with beads. A kit will be provided with the colour threads and beads used in the sample, but additional threads and beads will be available if you wish to use a different colour scheme.

Skills/Techniques Covered

getting your fabric tight in the ring frame

casting on and off properly

hand embroidery stitches:

stem stitch 

detached chain stitch 

blanket stitch over wire edging

grid stitch

joined fly stitch

satin stitch

felt padding

embellishing with beads


This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners.


Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £19.50, payable to the tutor during the course.

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:

a ring frame (6’’ or 8”) if you have one; if not, the tutor will provide them over the weekend. These will also be available to purchase

small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors

old scissors or small wire snippers to cut wire if you have them (can be borrowed) 

a sharp pencil


tacking thread

appropriate eyewear – glasses and magnifiers if you use them

Tutor Profile

Clare Clensy (also known professionally as Clare Hanham) trained as an apprentice for three years at the Royal School of Needlework. On completing her apprenticeship, she established her own business 'Vine Embroidery' based at her studio in Hilperton.

Clare takes on a variety of individual commissions from restoration work to new pieces, completion of unfinished projects, and professional mounting and stretching of work. She also teaches at a number of colleges and runs workshops for Guilds and stitching groups, along with her own weekly classes and talks. 

Clare has produced her own range of embroidery kits which cover most traditional hand embroidery techniques. She is the author of A Beginners Guide to Silk Shading (Search Press) and has written many magazine articles.

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.