Embroidery : Blackwork & Redwork


Blackwork is a very old form of embroidery. It can be traced back to the 14th and 15th Century in Spain. Catherine of Aragon brought it with her to England when she married Henry VIII. It is a counted technique and so requires to be stitched on an evenweave fabric, either Aida or Linen Evenweave.

As the name suggests black threads were traditionally used for this technique but it can also be interesting to use coloured threads. This class is aimed at complete beginners.


Redwork embroidery has a rich history dating back to the late nineteenth century. It is a simple style of “art needlework” that consists of embroidering the outline of designs onto a white or off-white background with a contrasting color of thread.

Today, this stitch is commonly called backstitching or outline stitching. Redwork continues to be popular today using the traditional method of creating projects with hand embroidery, either in red thread or using different colors.


What to Bring on the Day

  • 8” Embroidery Hoop

  • Small sharp embroidery scissors

  • Thimble – if you use one

  • Glasses – if you need them

Tea and Coffee will be provided on the day.


Morning courses run from 10 am until 1 pm with afternoon classes from 2pm to 5pm.

2020 Dates

Blackwork Dates all morning classes

Monday 20th January
Tuesday 24th March
Monday 18th May

Redwork Dates all afternoon classes

Monday 20th January
Tuesday 24th March
Monday 18th May


The cost of this class is £45 which includes all of your materials.

“I’d never done any embroidery before and didn’t think I’d be any good at it but with Anne’s patient teaching I’m learning the basic skills and am loving being creative. I’ll definitely be trying more classes soon. ”

Sara Clarke, Basic Embroidery

“I’d done a little embroidery as a child but my skills were long since forgotten. The basic course is perfect for beginners, I found it gave me the confidence to try more embroidery skills. Great courses and a fun way to spend a morning.”

Maisie Jackson, Basic Embroidery

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