There is nothing nicer than sitting amongst like minded people, chatting and eating cake whilst you sew! Don’t worry about being a certain level of stitcher, the workshops really are suitable for all levels, unless otherwise stated. My chosen workshops are all based on embroidery- traditional and contemporary, hand and machine, with a bit of appliqué thrown in for good measure. I aim to offer several types of workshops- my most popular being:
Generally all materials are provided, but you will be asked to bring your own machine, if we are using them. I used to provide them but found that some ladies who cracked machine embroidery in the session, then went home to find difficulty when using their own, so it is best if we trouble shoot together on a machine that is familiar to you. If I am delivering to an Embroidery Guild with a large group, I will ask for a small fee for materials in addition to the fixed fee as I usually provide antique dyed lace which can be tricky to source.
All my workshops either take place in my brand new garden studio in rural Worcestershire, or at The Trumpet Corner Gallery and Tearooms in Ledbury. I am happy to deliver in other parts of the country. I enjoy working with Embroidery Guilds but am equally happy to devise a bespoke workshop for a small group of friends. I also teach on a 1:1 – do contact me for details. Please look at the workshops available on the Shop page and booking can be made there. Feel free to contact me if you have a question, I’ll do my best to answer you within a day or two. Keep up to date with future workshops by signing up to my newsletter in the footer of the website.
Please note, payment can be made through paypal or if you don’t have a paypal account please checkout as a guest using your normal credit card. If booking workshops for 2 people, please provide contact details (name, email, phone) for the 2nd person in the order notes so that I can send them course details too. If you do experience any problems with payment don’t give up! Let me know and I’ll get onto it straight away.
So please come and visit anytime – it would be lovely to meet you at a workshop or if you just want to pop in and say hello beforehand, contact me and we’ll arrange a time together.
Directions to Tigley Textiles Studio
From the M5, get off at junction 7 and at the roundabout, take the B4084 to Pershore. Once into Pershore, take the first right onto Three Springs Road, A4104 towards Upton. Stay on that road for a couple of minutes and turn left for Birlingham. Take the first road on the left- Broadway Road and follow the road round a couple of bends (there are 7 X 30mph alternating on each side of the road). Once you come to a field straight ahead of you, (ignore the dirt track on the left, )turn right and The Paddocks is the third house on the left. If I am expecting you, the house will be clearly signed outside. Walk down the side of the house and the tigley Studio can be seen at the back of the house.
From Pershore, take the Upton road and follow the directions above.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I don’t think I’d be able to do the work that’s shown in the picture, it looks too hard, is it?
A. The work shown in the image on the workshop is often mine but has sometimes been done by a student. Nothing is too hard, and everything can be broken down. Templates are often provided for designs and sometimes the simplest of stitches can be the most effective. The nicest thing about working in small groups is that everyone is supportive. You CAN do it!
Q. Why do I have to bring my own machine?
A. I used to provide machines and found that ladies worked happily on them but when they tried on their own machine at home they got into difficulty. It’s SO much better for you if you bring your own as you are familiar with it and if we trouble shoot together, you’ll be confident to continue when you get home.
Q. I’m not sure if I can do machine embroidery on my machine, it doesn’t say so in the book?
A. Your Manual may refer to darning rather than embroidery. If your machine can drop the teeth (under the needle) then you can free machine. It is important that you also buy a machine embroidery foot as it has a spring which allows the fabric to move. The best kind are see through plastic with a horseshoe shape as they are the easiest but you can also buy universal feet from the Internet- they all work!
Q. What if I can’t draw?
A. I always encourage people to create their own designs but templates are provided too. I usually find that ladies will always have a go if shown how to do it stage by stage.
Q. Do I need to bring my own materials?
A. It depends what the workshop is. If it’s machine embroidery where we use little materials then I provide them. If it’s a seascape where we’re using lots of textures and vintage linens and lace then you can either bring your own or can pay a nominal fee to dip into mine. You will be given a materials list prior to the workshop.
Q. I’d love to come to a workshop but not sure about coming in my own
A. Come! You’ll always have a warm welcome. I often have a small group of ladies who don’t know each other at all but are exchanging numbers at the end. That’s the great thing about working with like minded people, everyone has the same interests so there’s always something to chat about.