Our courses and workshops cover a wide selection of hand embroidery and other craft skills.
Students attending courses can request a certificate of achievement and all courses except the Craft Sanctuary retreats can be booked online via our secure PayPal payments system or just give us a call on 033 011 37730
B = Beginner, no previous skill required.
I = Intermediate. Some previous needlework skill required.
A = You need to have a good grasp of the basic skills for the technique.
What you can learn
Choose from a wide range of techniques listed below or have us tailor a class to suit.
Canvaswork – Needlepoint / Cross stitch/ Bargello – (B)
Crewel Embroidery – (B) (A)
Japanese techniques – Sashiko / Kogin / Tamari (B)
Silk shading (B)
Superimposed Embroidery (I-A)
Tambour embroidery/tambour beading (B)
Whitework (B) (A) – See Hardanger, Mountmellick, Irish Lace.
We have also released our Essential Embroidery, Essential Goldwork and Essential Blackwork as distance learning courses.
Other craft courses (Coming soon)
Fun2Do, Scotch Street, Carlisle.
Our Carlisle course venue is the popular Fun2Do craft store in Carlisle City Centre.
Situated on the first floor, the training room offers a cosy, friendly environment which is only minutes from Carlisle Railway Station and Bus Station.
There are a number of pay and display car parks within a short distance of the venue.
Refreshments are provided with lots of great lunch venues nearby.
You will also receive a 10% Fun2Do discount voucher which can be used against purchases in store on the day.
*Please note this is a historic building so there is no lift to the first floor.
Courses at this venue are generally limited to 6 people to encourage an informal approach with plenty of tutor contact time.
Hundith Hill Country House Hotel, Lorton, Cumbria.
This stunning venue gives us the chance to offer stitching retreats in the wonderful Cumbrian Lake District.
One day or weekend retreats can be organised upon request and include accommodation (when required), refreshments and lunch prepared by the Hundith Hill chef.
Retreats at this venue are available for groups of 8 – 20
*There is no public transport to this venue.*
We also have options on a number of other venues in and close to Carlisle city centre, these depend on availability and can cater for small or larger classes.
Bring a course to you
We can even arrange to come to your venue. This is a great option for organisations, craft retailers or even a group of friends and you generally only need a minimum of 3 attendees for us to do this.
(Mileage costs will apply outside the Carlisle area).
Please contact us for a quotation.
Other Weekend Retreats
Maire also teaches/presents at guest workshops for other organisations such as Craft Sanctuary.
Visit this page for more information.
We can arrange bespoke courses or tuition on request for small groups or on a one-to-one basis. Minimum of half day (4 hours).
Contact us for more information and quotation.
A number of our courses have now been released as distance learning modules.
These are great for those who do not have time to commit to a full day or weekend or just prefer to take things at their own pace.
You will have full tutor support for 6 months following your registration with a comprehensive kit sent to you via Royal Mail.
Visit the Distance Learning section for more information and to get started on your course.
All courses and workshops will generally run from 10:00am to 4:00pm and prices include all materials and refreshments.
There will be a coffee break in the morning and afternoon as well as a scheduled lunch break.
Our embroidery and Irish Lace courses make an ideal gift for a friend or loved one. We have vouchers available which can be used to book or as part payment for any of our courses.
Course and workshop dates
You will note that we no longer have pre arranged course dates.
In the past people have been disappointed when they could not attend pre arranged dates, so we have decided that it is best to let us know what you want to learn and as soon as we have 3 or more people interested, we will run the course.
You may even have friends that are interested and can make up a group of 3 or more yourself. If so, then just let us know.
How it works
It may seem a bit crazy not to have pre arranged course dates, but in our experience a lot of people are unable to attend these for various reasons.
With this in mind, we decided to leave the dates ‘open’ and it seems to work.
Simply let us know what you want to learn and we will run a course as soon as we get 3 or more people interested.
We will then agree a suitable date and send you an invoice through our secure PayPal service.
Once the booking is confirmed and paid for, all you need to do is note it in your diary and have great day learning new embroidery skills.
Let us know what you want to learn
In order to make the best choice of venue and offer the type of courses you require, we would like to know what sort of skills people would be interested to learn, at what level and duration
Complete the short form below to help us tailor courses to your requirements and don’t forget to add your e.mail address so that we can keep you informed.
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