Two Day machine Embroidery Workshop

Course: Two Day machine Embroidery Workshop

Duration: Two days, 10am – 4pm

Price: Price £150 each (2 or 3 people), £270 (one person)

Location: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


Please email me to book or find out more about my courses

Ruth Blackford Workshop Studio

All workshops take place in my garden studio

About the Course
In this fun and inspiring workshop you will learn how to really make the most of a sewing machine, using it to create a diverse set of samples and images with a range of visual effects, from ‘drawn’ to decorative. You can work from your own images (drawings and/or photos) or from some of mine. As the course is run for no more than 3 people at a time, it can be tailored very much to individual needs and requirements.

By the end of the two days you will have:

  • Learnt how to set up a sewing machine for free machining
  • Learnt how to prepare images and fabrics for free machining
  • Studied a range of samples for inspiration and understanding
  • Watched a range of demonstrations
  • Experimented with different ways to add colour to your images: threads, dyes, applique, reverse applique, whip stitch, cording, couching and cutwork
  • Understood health and safety issues when free machining
  • Created a set of sample images to take home with you
  • Consolidated your learning and refined your skills by producing a more finished sample or samples, possibly combining techniques
  • Received a set of technical handouts to support your 2 day’s learning

The workshop is run for groups of no more than 3 people on days negotiated with me (can be weekdays or weekend) and is held in my garden studio close to Richmond Park and Kingston town centre. The cost for the 2 day workshop is £150 each, or if you want to do the course on your own it will be £270.

I have over 30 years experience teaching art, textiles, printmaking and illustration in further and adult education, in colleges and privately too, so you can be certain of well structured, well paced and inspiring teaching and learning.

Alongside my teaching, I have been a practicing artist and designer for over 30 years, exhibiting nationwide and working commercially within the fields of textiles and illustration.

What’s included in the price?
Costs include all materials, coffee, tea and soft drinks. You can use my Pfaff sewing machines, or bring your own if you feel more comfortable with a machine that’s familiar. If you are bringing your own, you just need to check beforehand that you can drop the feed and bring an embroidery foot that fits your machine.


Please email me to book or find out more about my courses

Ruth Blackford Workshop Studio

All workshops take place in my garden studio


Ruth is a very accomplished artist and I learnt a lot during my 2 day course. Ruth was very accommodating when it came to my goals. I acquired new skills, learnt to handle different threads and fabrics and feel ready to explore by myself. It is good to work on a 1:1 basis with a tutor.
Thank you for an enjoyable 2 days, Maria

Maria Elliott

Such an amazing opportunity to have a tutor to yourself ! Ruth was very welcoming and I felt instantly at ease working in her studio. The 2 days flew by and they were well planned, I came away with new skills and confidence to continue creating on my own . The 2 day course is enough for any level to attend and come away feeling like they’ve developed new skills . Thoroughly recommended

Michelle Du Maurier

A fantastic course for anyone who has a lot, little or no embroidery experience. Ruth Blackford is a great communicator.

Creative embroidery enthusiast