Introduction to Basic Embroidery

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Course codePL1098Y

This informal and relaxed two week course will introduce you to a range of hand embroidery skills.

When and where


From 29 Jun 2021 to 13 Jul 2021
Tue 09:30-14:15

2 weeks

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29 Jun 2021

09:30 to 14:15

13 Jul 2021

09:30 to 14:15


Blandford Adult Learning Centre
Black Lane
DT11 8SW


Fees and concessions information

The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is £59 , the concession rate is £29. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility. For more details click here to see our fees policy.

What the course is about

During this course you will receive both group and individual support in order to help you learn more about basic hand embroidery techniques and basic beading techniques.

You will produce a range of samples for future reference and receive handouts on techniques.

Topics will include:
basic hand embroidery stitch techniques using different threads?
basic beading and sequin techniques?
basic drawing and colour work for embroidery design?
looking at different materials suitable for textile design and working on a selection of materials?
how to turn your drawings and ideas into stitch.

The course will give you ideas on how to add embroidery to soft furnishings, clothing or accessories. You will have the chance to look at some embroidery designers and the work they produce.

This course does not use a sewing machine and is not for machine embroidery.

There will be an opportunity to choose a practical project to be completed from the selection offered by the tutor. Projects are chosen to give you the chance to put into practice the skills and knowledge that you will be taught during the course.

You will have the option to adapt choices made to suit your ability and to be able to use any opportunity you may have to carry out additional work on your project.

This course can help you to cut your costs and by recycling and renewing, make the most of your existing wardrobe and furnishings, contributing to a greener environment and helping you financially.

All our courses are made up of elements of speaking & listening, reading and writing, and you will work using these elements throughout the course.

Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community. Learning takes place in a friendly classroom setting, which is a great place for social interaction and helping you meet new people.

Practice at home and completion of homework is advisable to enhance your learning experience.

This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.

Pre-course information session or interview

There are no Pre-course information sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course.

Please ensure you have read and understood our STEPS guidance in order to accurately enrol upon the correct level course for you.

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Your tutor will?discuss?with you?what skills you wish to?develop?in this session and will?help you review your progress?at the end.?

There is no qualification or examination attached to this course.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This is a Beginners course, and you will be expected to have no experience in the subject or very basic knowledge of the subject, including some memory of the subject from school.

Materials and costs

Please bring with you to the 1st lesson:

Drawing kit – rubber, pencil, sharpener, pens
Fabric scissors
Pins and basic sewing kit (needles and thread)
Sewing tape measure (not builders)
Any set square or ruler you may have
Reel of polyester sewing thread – Coats Duet or Gütermann is the best and can be purchased at a variety of local fabric suppliers or online.
An old sheet or length of cotton fabric or calico for stitching your samples on.
Any beads or sequins you may have.

Before buying expensive materials and equipment please discuss their purchase with your tutor. You will be expected to purchase your own materials as the course progresses.

This course does not use a sewing machine and is not for machine embroidery.

Next Step

Following the successful completion of this course, other courses at the next levels may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

Additional information

<b>English, maths and computing skills:</b> all our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.
<br><b>Refunds:</b> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href=""></a> or in our brochure.
<br><b>Attendance:</b> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible
<br><b>Places on courses:</b> some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund it its outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.
<br><b>Fully funded learners:</b> if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.
<br><b>Home study:</b> you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.
<br><b>Qualification Levels:</b> there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.
<br><b>Proof of identity:</b> please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.
<br><b>Off-site activities:</b> with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.
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