Courses

Online Learning with Mary Broddle Embroidery

Courses are live zoom workshops, with limited numbers.  This will allow people to be inspired by each others progress and ideas, as well as the opportunity for a natter.   

I demonstrate the techniques needed, even how to thread a needle for total beginners.  I guide you through your embroidery journey and help you learn the skills to realise your vision.  

Monthly Hoop Art Course

Hoop art is the on trend take on embroidery. One evening a month join me, via Zoom, to learn how to create the month's design. 

Suitable for complete beginners, I will even teach you how to thread the needle and tie a knot if needed. Most designs will be completed in the session. 

Join a small group of people looking to set aside time for themselves, create and relax whilst making a piece of art.

The kit of materials and equipment will be posted prior to course starting. 

1 x 2.5 hour session each month. 

You don't have to commit to a monthly session, but there is discount for subscription (email me for more details).

Maximum 8 people per session. 

Booking can be made via the Shop page

I am happy to run bespoke sessions for your group of friends / colleagues/ family.  It is a brilliant way to connect during pandemic restrictions, just email me to find out more.  

May Course: Custard Cream

Who doesn't love a biscuit?  To mark National Biscuit Day on 29th May, join me in stitching the all time great the Custard Cream! This retro design is in the Pantone colours of 2021, making it retro and up to date at the same time.   

The design uses just one stitch: couching stitch.  Which builds up the piece quickly and so can be finished in one evening.  This design is suitable for all skill levels, including beginners.

Size is a 6 inch diameter hoop.

Kit includes everything you need to make this, except a small pair of scissors.  This will be posted so it arrives in advance of the course, P&P included in the price.  The Zoom link will be emailed on the day of the course.

Course starts at 7:30 pm.  Choose your preferred date below and follow the link to book online.

Course Dates: 18th May | 27th May 

June Course: Sun

June reminds me of long evenings and the summer solstice; which inspired this design.   Lets hope the sky will be as blue as material.  

The design uses just one stitch: stem stitch.  This design is suitable for all skill levels, including beginners.

Size is a 6 inch diameter hoop.

Kit includes everything you need to make this, except a small pair of scissors.  This will be posted so it arrives in advance of the course, P&P included in the price.  The Zoom link will be emailed on the day of the course.

Course starts at 7:30 pm.  Choose your preferred date below and follow the link to book online.

Course Dates: 14th June & 22nd June

Mindful Stitching

Inspired by traditional Japanese and Indian embroidery techniques this course is more about the process of stitch than an overall design.   

Let your needle and thread move through the fabric without overthinking its path. (I promise you’ll be pleased with the end result and happy to show it off).    The calming effect this has is a form of mindfulness and can help you relax.   

General Embroidery Teaching

Do you have an idea, a kit, a vision of something you want to make?  Benefit from my extensive experience of different techniques. Sign up to this course and I will guide you as to how to achieve it.   

Blocks of 4 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions. 

Zoom invites will be sent.  

Maximum 3 people per block. 

About kits and materials 

Kits and materials packs will include all necessary equipment, i.e. wooden embroidery hoops, needles, needle threader, scissors, etc.  I use repurposed fabric where possible and/or appropriate.  Kits are included as standard in most courses.

Where a kit is not included, it will be available to purchase in the shop as an optional extra.   

"“Embroidery is brilliant for depression because it allows you to have something to show for your time. So even though it could be small, when you hold something in your hand that you have made it is a symbol of value. It says ‘you have value’. It says ‘this is something I have made’.

Emma Kenny - TV Psychologist and Presenter

"In our social media age, as we become more physically distanced from each other, sewing is a safeguard to isolation, a way to stay in touch with each other: hand and mind working in harmony to convey what lies in our hearts. For me and others, it sustains not just a sense of self but of belonging."

Clare Hunter - Threads of Life: a History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

"The physical act of stitching also means we cannot dither around online, being sucked into social media rabbit holes. Nor are we watching television. This screen-free time is immensely important to our sense of wellbeing. When we employ mindful stitching, we are also making time for ourselves. This is crucial, especially for the perpetually busy."

Laura Turnbull - The Crewel Work Company

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