The Art of Hand Embroidery with Richard McVetis


Day & time
Saturday 29th April. 10.00-3.00
£95 per person
Visitor Centre of David Parr House


About the workshop

In this day workshop, after an inspirational walk through David Parr House, we explore the potential of stitching as a method of mark-making, using stitch, process, and materials to express yourself. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching, the versatility, and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure of having time to make.

Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark, make and draw. Richard will help by demonstrating how this can be achieved using the simplest hand embroidery techniques.

This workshop is for all levels of hand embroiderers.

Good ideas need well and nourished minds; this workshop inspires moments of mindfulness and conditions for creativity, to pause, think, and re-energise.

This workshop can be taken in sequence or separately at any time. These longer, more focused days allow a deeper understanding of each stitch through experimentation and play.

The price of your workshop includes all materials and equipment for the day, a brief inspirational walk through David Parr House, and light refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch.

About the artist

Richard McVetis graduated in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2008. Since completing his BA in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, he has been shortlisted for several distinguished prizes, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, UK, 2011 and 2017; and the international Loewe Craft Prize, 2018. In addition, McVetis has shown work nationally and internationally at several exhibitions, including The British Textile Biennial, Rossendale, UK, 2021; RENEW at Kettles Yard, UK, 2019; Loewe Craft Prize, The Design Museum, London, UK, 2018; Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, UK, 2017; ‘Form + Motion’ – a major exhibition with British Council and Crafts Council for the Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea, 2017. In 2022 he had his first solo show at the Craft Study Centre, Farnham. Richard is a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London.

All money raised from our workshops goes towards maintaining David Parr House – thank you for supporting us.


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