Category Archives: Workshops

Another busy month

The month started off with the Ilkley Art Trail , after preparing work and printing cards I turned my front room into a gallery . I had lots of lovely visitors and thoroughly enjoyed it .

A trip to the V&A to see the Christian Dior exhibition was a welcome relaxation . My favourite piece was a skirt and top, I think I will have a go at making it in the autumn.


Finally I have been teaching a variety of workshops including a successful day workshop on visual mending at Dutton’s for Buttons , York .

I am now preparing for my holidays to Crete and selecting some Cretan embroidery to work on . I’ll post a picture of the finished piece next month. 

Enjoy the summer and Festival of Quilts . 


Summer Workshops

Summer workshop programme at three venues in Yorkshire

Oh Sew Sweet  (Barnsley)

 Sunday 7th July 10.30am – 4.0pm  £40

Durham Pennies- Handquilting with north country patterns 

Sunday 1st Sept 10.30am- 4.0pm   £40

Kantha Embroidery stitches and motifs

Duttons for Buttons ( York )

Wednesday 10th July – 4.0 pm  £50 

1960’s Patches and Visible Mending

Wednesday 7th August 4.0am

Medieval hand appliqué     £50

The Sewing Shed ( Ilkley )

Sunday 7th Sept 10.0am – 4.0 pm  £55

Sun Mandalas -A relaxing day learning new embroidery stitches to create a beautiful hanging mandala 

If you would like to know more contact me by email or look at the details of courses on the venues websites.

Thank you for your interest and I hope to meet you soon at a workshop 





Duttons for Buttons Workshops

Vintage Embroidery – Dutton’s for Buttons 

A great day stitching and relaxing studying the beautiful vintage embroideries of the past . We then had a go at some of the stitches and patterns . These are to be made up into Lavender bags for the home . 

1960,s Visible Mending is our next monthly workshop . To look at further workshops and book please use this link

New workshops in Ilkley will be advertised soon with The Sewing Shed so please look out for these too. 



Durham quilting workshop

Had a great day at Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley teaching about Durham quilting . The ladies were a pleasure to teach and did some beautiful hand quilting . 

“Thank you for a very enjoyable day learning about the history behind the quilts was fascinating. You are a very patient and helpful teacher” Lynda 

The next workshop at Oh Sew Sweet is on Indian kanthan work on April 27th . Please see their website for further details .

Dutton Heritage Workshop

A  brilliant start to the Dutton heritage workshops . We had a relaxing stitching day in the York shop in the amazing Medieval Room. We chatted about the Brontes , the embroidery of the Regency period and made a needle roll in the spirit of Charlotte Brontes darning roll.

Join us for the Old English Patchwork workshop making an English rose pin cushion in March or check out what is on throughout the year. 

“Thank you Helen for a lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and was inspired by your knowledge and enthusiasm. “ Jill Morris

Celebration Birthday Sewing Party 

My sister Sarah and her friends had a great afternoon hand embroidering stylised flower and shell designs to hang up in embroidery hoops. It was lovely to see non crafters  trying something new and taking home a finished art piece to hang up at home.

If you would like a special party with your friends just let me know . 

“Thanks Helen for the wonderful workshop inspired by quilts of the Durham miners wives. It was interesting to learn the history and the worksheets and examples provided an excellent starting point for our own work . Thank you for a enjoyable afternoon” Christine Mason

Dutton’s Heritage Workshops

I have been working with Duttons for Buttons in York to create a historical programme of workshops covering Medieval appliqué to Victorian cross stitch samplers . Workshops are once a month and can be attended on an indiviual basis . Vouchers can be bought as a present for a loved one so they can choose  the workshop they would like to do . 

The first three are 

January 9th -Chunky Yorkshire Knits

Learn about the medieval wool trade of York and use wool to knit a unique designer scarf.

February 6th -Bronte Needle Roll

Sew a needle roll just like Charlotte Bronte’s and study Regency embroidery patterns and designs .

March 20th – Old English Patchwork 

Try the addictive craft of paper piecing patchwork creating an English rose pin cushion – the perfect Mothers Day gift.

Price £50 including materials 

Book early by emailing York Duttons for Buttons or ring 01904632042



Hand Embroidery Liberty flowers

Liberty Florals workshop

A lovely day was had by everyone that was on the Liberty Florals workshop. The Liberty hand embroideries are being finished off into cushions or mats and look fabulous.








We will be running a second day workshop on Saturday Jan 26th in Ilkley at Jenni’s studio. Please get in touch for details .


“I knew nothing about Vietnamese textiles before today; and I enjoyed seeing your collection. I enjoyed exploring the motifs and interpreting them with different stitches and threads.  Thank you Helen “ Stephanie M _ Nidderdale Embroiderers Guild 

Vietnamese textiles in Nidderdale

I had a lovely day teaching a wonderful group of ladies all about Vietnamese textiles  (see workshops for details of day ) . Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a relaxing time hand sewing the traditional patterns.


Members of the Nidderdale Embroiderers Guild 

Detail of embroidery patterns 

Work in progress

These are some of the patterns for you to use in your own work . Click on the picture to view it full size so that you can print it or download it . 

Enjoy stitching