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Bournemouth, England, BH6 3EY
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Contemporary needlepoint kits with an edge.

My Retro Modern designs are printed on canvas, the rest of my kits are worked in counted cross stitch from the colour chart provided. Do you need any special skills to make my kits? Just the ability to count and relax. I sell to complete beginners and experienced stitchers.

My goal is to change the way people think about cross stitch and needlepoint and with the support of the media and my fabulous customers, I am achieving it. I am always adding to my designs, so keep checking in...

'What Needs To Be Said'. Three day workshop in Hove, E. Sussex, UK. 18.9.19-20.9.19 with James Hunting & Emily Peacock - £276.00


'What Needs To Be Said'. Three day workshop in Hove, E. Sussex, UK. 18.9.19-20.9.19 with James Hunting & Emily Peacock - £276.00


'What Needs To Be Said'. Three day workshop in Hove, E. Sussex, UK. 18.9.19-20.9.19 with James Hunting & Emily Peacock - £276.00

from 138.00

LOCATION: Ralli Hall, Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TH


Being a creative person can be challenging and exhausting. Sometimes we can learn technique after technique and have a hundred different ways of making marks and completing projects, but that alone doesn't really fill the void we feel that needs to be expressed – the artist within.

From a very young age we are conditioned to conform to the consensus and look for stamps of approval from family, governing bodies and an imagined public. This can lead to self censorship and a feeling of lethargy and procrastination – in fact in the end it often feels easier to settle for conformity, collectivism and what feels like mediocrity. The heroic journey of the creative individual is to shake off the goal to be admired by others and instead, approve of oneself. After all, creativity is a unique journey and not a set of steps to follow – each person has their own way because each heart is unique.

The aim of this course is to set you free on your own path. We will give you support and guidance backed up by technique, but break through commonly held ideas and traditions to allow you to develop your own practice. The course will be hung around the loose central theme of What Needs To Be Said. This title is not necessarily about making a political statement, it can also be about taking a personal event, emotion, attitude or even an object, and translating it through many forms of stitch – however you choose to interpret it. In fact we have developed this course because, as individuals, we wanted to be independent of any overseeing body, in order to create a new type of workshop – it's what WE feel needs to be said!

As mentors, we can bring experience to you which spans the academic, the commercial and the personal to give you focused individual and group support. The ownership to our personal choices of subject matter, colour, stitch, technique, scale and material is crucial, as is the permission to make those choices and understand why we make them. In short, this course is for the frustrated, the passionate and the person who feels they have a lot to say!

During the three days we will be covering the following:

  • Talks by both tutors, looking at their own reasons and approaches, as well as the work of some artists who inspire and encourage.

  • Working with words, phrases and slogans.

  • Choice of fabrics and threads

  • Looking at needlepoint technique, stitch and colour.

  • Embroidery line and filling stitches

  • Abstract shapes, space and size.

  • Bondaweb applique and stitch.

  • Individual tutorial with tutor of your choice.

James Hunting

James has worked with textiles since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1985.

After a first career as a professional hand embroiderer and latterly as an exhibition textile artist and educator his approach has always been about the coincides use of technique. Never the 'how to do' but also the 'why to do'.

His teaching style is student focused, and intended to enable and empower the individuals voice and creative identity. - He also loves colour, hand stitch and fine fabrics.

James delivers workshops across France, is a senior tutor at West Dean college and is also Course Leader of BA textiles and MA textiles at the Cass school of Design- London Metropolitan University

Website :

Instagram @huntingj

Emily Peacock

Emily is a needlework designer whose name is very much associated with the resurgence of craft in the UK. She designs and produces cross stitch and needlepoint kits which she sells from her website, in Liberty of London and independent stores around the World.

Emily's customers range from complete beginners to experienced stitchers – all attracted to her modern and vibrant designs that most typically combine her love of vibrant colour with typography.

Emily runs courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum, West Dean College, National Trust and Monk's house (former home of Virginia Woolf).

She has appeared on Channel 4's Kirstie's Homemade Home, collaborated with the charity Fine Cell Work and in 2018 won Designer of the Year at the National Needlecraft Awards.

Instagram @emjpeacock

Upon payment of your deposit, please allow 24 hours for receipt. We will email you more details including how to pay the balance of £138.00 due four weeks before the course commences.

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