I teach Machine Embroidery, Printmaking and lampshade making workshops in my well equipped garden studio. With over 30 years teaching experience in Further and Adult Education, you can be assured of well structured, well paced and inspiring teaching and learning.

For a unique gift, treat someone to a fun and productive day in my studio with a workshop voucher.

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Workshops in my studio are for up to 3 people or can be booked for 1-1 tuition.

Costs for both options can be found on each of the workshop pages here on my website.

If your voucher is for one person to participate in a group workshop, every effort will be made to pair you with someone else on a date that is convenient for all.

Contact me if you would like to know more

Ruth Blackford Embroidery Workshops

Free machine embroidery

Ruth Blackford Embroidery Workshops


Ruth Blackford Printing Workshops

Collograph printing

Ruth Blackford Embroidery Workshops

Free machine embroidery

Happy customers.

One Day Experimental Monoprinting Workshop

“I really can’t rate this course highly enough. It was a jam packed programme with the chance to try many different printmaking techniques in Ruth’s lovely garden studio. Ruth was patient and full of enthusiasm, giving us direction and assistance when we needed it, whilst letting us develop our own ideas. We were astonished at how much work we managed to do. Lunch was delicious and even involved some home grown produce and we stayed in Ruth’s lovely house overnight as we aren’t local. Far and away the best value creative course I’ve ever done.”
Angharid Lescott

Two Day Monoprinting and Collagraph Printing Workshop

“Very inspired and excited after a wonderful day mono printing with Ruth. What a lovely environment to work in. Ruth explained the techniques really well and we had a great time exploring them. Plenty of space and materials to use. The day went so quickly! Ruth was a great host, lunch, cake and tea was delicious. I thoroughly recommend this! Looking forward to booking another course in the near future”.
Heather Miller

Two Day Experimental Monoprinting and Collagraph Printing Workshop

“Ruth was an inspirational teacher on this exciting course. I was able to progress at my own rate with expert guidance and encouragment. The course was very well organised and I was thrilled with my results. Thoroughly recommended.”
Sue Owen

Two Day Experimental Monoprinting and Collagraph Printing Workshop

“What a brilliant experience! Ruth is a very talented and patient teacher who really helped my daughter and I produce lots of work using various techniques with which we were very pleased. Her home is beautiful and she made us extremely welcome and her catering was perfect. Highly recommended!”
Jennie Palin

One Day Machine Embroidery Workshop

“I had an excellent and highly enjoyable day learning lots of new sewing techniques. Ruth was very flexible and happy to tailor the course to any desired technique. Ruth’s garden studio is charming and she is a very warm and patient teacher with lots of teaching experience, making it all in all a great experience! Highly recommend.”
Anna Pamphilon

One Day Machine Embroidery Workshop

“I thoroughly enjoyed my one day course learning free machine embroidery. There is nothing more fulfilling than learning a new skill and discovering a passion for something new! Ruth showed me so many techniques, and she has such a wealth of knowledge and so many examples, that I genuinely came away inspired to continue to build upon what I had learnt. Ruth’s studio was a great place to learn in; it was both relaxing and had a beautiful outlook, and I enjoyed so much delicious homemade food. All in all, the workshop experience was a real treat!”
Sarah Coles

Two Day Machine Embroidery Workshop

“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

Two Day Free Machining Workshop

“Excellent weekend doing free motion machine embroidery with Ruth. She is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor. I would thoroughly recommend this course. Ruth makes you feel at ease and encourages you to produce pieces of work which you never imagined you could ever achieve. I do a lot of sewing and craft work but I was still amazed at how much I learnt in a weekend. Thanks again Ruth.”
Gail Godridge