Hand Embroidery with Richard McVetis

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Maximum Class Size: 8

Embroidery is an international language made up from hundreds of stitches. A few of these stitches happen to be the favourite of artist Richard McVetis.

In this workshop participants will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making; and the pleasure in having time to make.

This is an experimental approach to stitch and draws on the imagination of each participant. Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed. The emphasis will be on both group and individual tuition.


  • To develop traditional hand embroidery skills
  • To translate your own your thoughts and inspiration into stitch
  • To develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium

Examples of Richards work will be on show along with artist and book references.

All materials are provided.

For full day workshops, you are welcome to bring your own pack lunch, alternatively there are several eateries close by. 

Taking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off in the shop within one week of finishing this workshop.


Please take a moment to read our cancellation policies here before booking.