Classes & workshops

If you'd like to learn Hardanger or another embroidery technique in a group or a one-on-one tutorial, or brush up your skills concentrating on fillings or speciality stitches, why not try a workshop or taster session?


Mabel Figworthy (or Ilke Cochrane, as the world at large knows her) occasionally teaches day classes and short courses at the Percival Guildhouse in Rugby, details of which will be posted here well in advance. Enrolment is handled by the Guildhouse, but you are very welcome to contact us for more information.

Embroidery workshops at DBC

Embellished embroideryEmbellished embroidery workshop at Dunchurch Baptist Church

Saturday 20th May / Saturday 24th June (and Saturday 15th July if there is enough interest), 2-4pm
Dunchurch Baptist Church, Coventry Road, Dunchurch

At its most pared down embroidery needs only fabric, thread and a needle – but you can add a lot more if you wish! In this workshop we will use several types of thread to work a variety of stitches, adding texture and sparkle by means of beads and gems to create a wreath of greenery enclosing colourful flowers and a 3D butterfly. The finished project will be made into a card.

Scissors, needles and 4" hoop will be available to use during the workshop, but do feel free to bring your own if you wish.

10 including all materials; coffee & tea available. All proceeds to the DBC Building Fund.

20th May – 4 places left; 24th June – 7 places left. Contact us for more information or to book your place.

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Taster Sessions

Ideal if you're a beginner or if you want to have a go at Hardanger, Shisha or freestyle embroidery to see whether you like it, this is a 2-hour workshop in which you are taken through one project step by step: a Hardanger bookmark, a Hardanger needle book, a Shisha flower card or a freestyle Wildflower Garden card. You can choose which of them you'd like to tackle (if Hardanger needle book, please also specify dove's eye, square filet or spider's web), but please note that if you come as a group, all participants will be doing the same one.

A full kit is included in the price; a 4" hoop and squissors or embroidery scissors are available to borrow for the workshop, and may be purchased to take home if you wish to continue with embroidery.

Taster Sessions for up to 6 people will take place at Mabel's home, larger groups will meet at Dunchurch Baptist Church

Hardanger and Shisha taster sessions at Mabel Figworthy's Fancies

Price per person for a 2-hour session, including materials
1-4 people £15.00
5-8 people £13.00
9-12 people £11.50

Private workshops

Treat yourself (or encourage others to treat you) to an individual or group workshop in a relaxing, encouraging environment – Mabel's home. Sustained by coffee or tea and the occasional biscuit, you spend several hours learning new skills or brushing up on existing ones.

All workshops provide:

We offer workshops at three levels – Beginner, Improver and Experienced – which are flexible in length according to your preference. You can choose to have a lot of intensive tuition and practice in 2 hours, after which you work most of the projects at home; or to have 6 hours (morning and afternoon with a break for lunch) at a more leisurely pace, finishing most of the projects on the day with Mabel at hand to help when you need it; or anything in between. The three standard workshops cover Hardanger embroidery in general, but you can also request a personalised workshop which concentrates on a particular area such as filling stitches, worked bars or decorative surface stitches, or which looks at other embroidery techniques such as Shisha or freestyle embroidery. It is also possible to design a chart or pattern from scratch.

So how does it work?

Contact us by or telephone to decide on the level that is suitable for you, the length of the workshop, and available dates. If you are interested in a personalised workshop, please give us as much information as possible about the skills or activities you would like to include. We will then email you an outline of the workshop and a price; when you are happy with both, we'll send you a PayPal invoice. After that, all you need to do is turn up on the day, and enjoy your stitching treat!

Below are the prices per hour for one-on-one tuition and for groups, and for the material packs for each of the three standard Hardanger workshops. Prices for material packs for personalised workshops on request. Please note that tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the price, but lunch is not. You are welcome to bring a picnic and have it at the house (or in the garden if the weather is good), or there are several places to have lunch in the village. If you would like to book a workshop for more than 6 people, please contact us to discuss the options.

Tuition (per person per hour)
1 person £15.00
2 people £10.00
3-6 people £7.50
Material packs (not including hoops and scissors/squissors)
Beginner £8.00
Improver £9.00
Experienced £13.50

Mabel's house is a non-smoking environment. It does, however, contain a pet: Lexi, our friendly Bengal cross. If for whatever reason you are uncomfortable having a cat around, do tell us – she is quite happy to spend a morning or afternoon out of doors!