Introduction to Embroidery & Embroidered Upcycling

A 5 evening course with Edana Gorham // Starts Tuesday, January 21st // 19:00 - 21:00


This short course will explore the basic techniques of hoop embroidery, providing you with the materials & knowledge you need to get your first embroidery piece stitched up and shining on your wall! In the latter half of the course we will look at using embroidery to add a lil' something extra to clothes and accessories. There'll be oodles of second hand finds being up-cycled with embroidered art, and plain accessories getting a thread makeover!

Week 1 - Introduction to the materials and brief overview of different hand sewing styles, with examples of work to view. We will begin working a 'sampler' to introduce lots of different stitches. Specially designed for this class, the Pizza sampler will give you a chance to work on straight stitches, curves and a bonanza of useful stitches for the toppings.

Week 2 - Participants can continue on their pizza sampler or select a pre-drawn pattern to try their newly learned stitches on / Learn how to finish an embroidery hoop for display.


Week 3 - Continue on your chosen pattern / Introduction to pattern transfer technique / Look at examples of upcycling with embroidery/ how to select a suitable garments and get talking about what they might bring in next week.


Week 4 - Planning, designing and transferring your own motif to your chosen garment for upcycling / Begin stitching on clothing/accessory / Participants can also continue to work on regular embroidery if they don’t want to upcycle clothing.


Week 5 - Continue and finish stitching garment/accessory - Go off and stitch up a storm!






All materials are supplied


About your tutor:

Edana is a Dublin based crafter and artist from Louth who has been creating and selling her designs for over 10 years. She began embroidering as a hobby before getting her QQI qualification in 2015. Edana is out to spread a 'can do' attitude to those who are interested in craft, but don't know where to begin. The course she has designed will allow beginners to start embroidery in the hoop, and progress to stitching on clothing or accessories for custom, sustainable fashion.