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Hand and Machine Embroidery

Short Course - Foundation
Hand and Machine Embroidery

This course is aimed at complete beginners to hand and machine embroidery.

You will explore a range of embroidery techniques and methods. 

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Semester One:
5 Oct - 23 Nov 2020
Semester Two:
11 Jan - 1 Mar 2021

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Learn the basic traditional skills of embroidery with step by step instructions as well as how to think creatively with freehand machine embroidery stitching and textile embellishment.

You will:
  • Learn free motion embroidery, applique and hand embroidery to mark make with different types of stitch.
  • Create a sketchbook of samplers.
  • Explore different materials and processes.
  • Explore the traditional and experimental.
  • Research historical and contemporary embroidery artists.
  • Design and create one hand and one machine stitch final personalised outcome such as a wall hanging or accessory such as a cushion cover.
You will produce both hand and machine set projects to create samplers and final outcomes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Design drawing, class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice are all methods of delivery on this course. 

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.

A complete health and safety induction with take place on commencement of the course.


This course is not formally assessed. 



The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


This course provides an excellent introduction for beginners.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course.


Course fee: £345


Students will access the dry textile workshop facilities including sewing machines.

Calico and small samples will be provided for initial sampler projects in the first semester.

You must provide your own materials such as embroidery frames, fabrics and threads.


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.

Student ID Cards

Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s Art Shop. Find out more:  

Using ID and smart cards

Other Fees and Charges 


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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