An example of Blackwork embroidery

Introduction to Blackwork embroidery

Sunday 19 March 2017


The course

Blackwork is a decorative form of embroidery, that includes both small geometric counted-thread patterns, worked on an evenweave fabric, as well as a free-style approach, where pictorial designs are first drawn out onto the fabric. Students will have the opportunity to explore these two different styles and methods of working, whilst creating individual pieces of work. All the required threads and fabric will be provided.

The tutor

Caroline Vincent is the author of two books on sampler embroidery, and has an international reputation for specialising in creative contemporary pictorial samplers. Her commissions are held in both public and private collections, and she combines her studio work with exhibiting and lecturing. She regularly contributes to periodicals and craft magazines and also runs workshops at the Stitch & Craft Fair, Olympia and the Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace.

Participant information

The course will provide all the required materials, plus a choice of threads and fabrics.

Please bring basic sewing equipment, plus your sewing glasses and a pencil.


£55 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.