A Stitch Action

with Richard McVetis

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March 2020 (3 days)


Plus £7 per day for lunch (optional) – most dietary requirements catered for

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For this workshop Richard will be focusing on time, labour and care to develop 3 days of stitching. Our objectives: to develop traditional hand embroidery skills, to translate your own thoughts and inspiration into stitch, and to develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium.

Participants will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques: 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. You will create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, and combine stitches to mark make and draw.

We will focus on the following stitches: straight / running / seeding / couching / whipped + laced / back / fly / chain / blanket.

Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways of achieving our objectives using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques. No knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques is needed.

Equipment: Basic sewing kit, needles, scissors, embroidery hoop, threads etc.

About the tutor

Richard uses a range of media including drawing, installation and textiles to explore our perception of space and time.

His process centres on the use of hand embroidery, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. His work explores how objects, materials and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time, and reflect the patterns of everyday existence.

To find out more about Richard and his work see his website.

Richard McVetis Stitch Action 1

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