One of my aims when starting The Trove was to get out and explore what Cambridgeshire has to offer in terms of creative workshops. Over the past year I have discovered just how many local artists, designers and makers offer workshops and classes – you can see some of them on our listing here (please let us know if you we are missing yours and we will add it on) – and I hope to book onto more over the coming months. At the end of January I attended the Embroidery Hoop Art Craftea Workshop run by Victoria, the maker and blogger behind Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium. Her workshop was held in the Community Space at Barhill Tesco which was – as advertised – welcoming and spacious. Victoria is hoping to move to a venue in Cambridge shortly so keep an eye on her website for details.
One of the great things about this workshop was that it was held on a Thursday evening. This meant I was able to go on my way home from work and was a nice change to my normal weekly routine. Victoria welcomed us and gave a brief introduction to what we could expect to achieve within the 2-hour session. She showed us the materials, stencils, tools and embellishments she had selected for us to use but also explained that there was a level of creative freedom with crafts such as this and encouraged us to develop our own designs.
We were shown examples of pieces she had made and were provided with a sheet of inspirational images. The next step was to select our materials – I could have spent the whole evening choosing which fabric to use as she had brought along a beautiful selection. Victoria showed us how to fix our fabric within the embroidery hoop and was on hand to advise us on the size and correct positioning of the material. I had a design in mind and found my inspiration mainly from the stencils and embellishments that she had brought along.
Victoria guided us through the options we had for attaching our appliqué designs and helped me to decide on my stitching methods. I loved seeing what the others who attended had come up with and it was great to bounce our ideas off one another. I chose a simple design but I think the embellishments really helped to bring the piece together. Our host was enthusiastic and supplied us with drinks and homemade biscuits throughout the evening.
By the end of the workshop I felt incredibly relaxed and it was great to see what can be achieved within a couple of hours. Here is my finished piece:
I certainly felt inspired to learn more about embroidery stitches and plan on buying some embroidery hoops as I would love to try a more complex design. I have been on Pinterest and made myself an Embroidery Hoop Inspiration board which you can see below. Please do check out Victoria’s upcoming workshops over on her website and let me know in the comments below if you book onto one – I might just join you!