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Summer 2024: Hand Embroidery Creative Colour and Thread Painting

Venue: Cockpit Arts, Deptford

Deadline to apply: 10/08/2024

Dates: This workshop will run for four days from Monday 12th August 2024 until Thursday 15th August 2024. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early.

Workshop Information

Course Details

This workshop will teach the basics of hand embroidery, focusing on thread painting and colour theory. Students will complete a small thread painting and also create a 3D embroidered petal that will be added to the Tassel project.

Day 1

  • Introducing materials and terms.
  • Introducing basic stitches needed for thread painting.
  • Framing up: how to start and finish.
  • Stitching and experimenting with any other stitches the students would like to try.

Day 2

  • Introduction to colour theory followed by exercises (collage and cut and paste).
  • Using colour theory to select colours for the embroidery design.
  • Blending and mixing colours.

Day 3

  • 3D petal for the Tassel project.

Day 4

  • Continued blending and mixing of colours.
  • Adding texture with knots and surface stitches.
  • Continuation of stitching and finishing.


Meet the Tutor

Lucy Newman, an embroidery artist known for her unique abstract thread paintings, opened LJN STUDIO, her bespoke hand embroidery studio, in 2017. Notable achievements include winning the Hand & Lock Prize in 2022 and being shortlisted for the Fine Art Textile Award. Lucy’s innovative exploration of AI in her work has also earned her recognition in the artistic community.



This workshop will start daily at 10am and finish at approximately 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

TCDT workshops give a chance to develop a range of transferable skills and valuable insight to possible career paths. Some of the career choices our alumni have pursued include; Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Jewellery Making, Art Conservation, Glass Working, Theatre Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design – the list is growing!


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have good hand-eye co-ordination. In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 12 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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