Contemporary Embroidery

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Fri 21Jun
Sun 23Jun

Join embroidery artist and tutor Elnaz Yazdani for this exciting hand embroidery course

Facilitator: Elnaz Yazdani

This contemporary embroidery course spans three days and consists of supported tutor time and guidance by Leeds based Embroidery Artist and Educator, Elnaz Yazdani. Elnaz will guide you through a variety of hand embroidery techniques, applications and creative methods to get you started on your own creative path for embroidery design and making.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some embroidery experience. All levels are welcome. The course would be perfect for anyone looking to study art/textiles, gain a new hobby, find wellbeing through craft or just try something completely different.

Early Bird prices – sold out – standard priced places available.


If you would like to share a room with a friend, please contact Cathy to make your booking on 01453 759 034 or email

Event time: Fri 21st Jun 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 23rd Jun 2024 at 4:00pm

· Contemporary Interpretation of Traditional Crafts · Creative Health ·

At a Glance

  • Embellish: Introduction to hand embroidery, exploring line and mark making with hand stitch
  • Connect: volume and texture with hand stitch, developing form and surface texture
  • Transform: Experimentation and beadwork, adding excitement and a contemporary approach using hand stitch and usual materials

What You will Gain

  • Hand stitch skills
  • Basic and advanced embroidery skills
  • Embellishment skills
  • Basic sewing skills for decorative approaches to textiles
  • An opportunity for your to share you passion for creativity with likeminded people in a beautiful setting
“I have become “lost” in the process, so this has been very relaxing for me, managed to do more than I expected.”


Embroidery Threads

The Course

The first session will explore line and mark making with hand stitch. We will concentrate on developing individual ideas and discuss ways in which we can record inspiration and take inspiration for mark making, in order to develop our hand embroidery. After this you we will explore techniques such as smocking and applique/reverse applique in order to add volume and texture to your work. The final section of the course will explore beadwork and embellishment techniques along with experimental approaches to creative working within embroidery. During this workshop you will get a chance to explore some of Elnaz Yazdani’s own embroidery artwork and talk about how you can develop your own individual style.



"I am so happy with this course, I met new people and teacher so nice thanks”


“relaxed, empowered, and able to use my focus positive energy.”


Your Stay at Hawkwood

Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£255 Early-Bird Non-Residential
£314 Early-Bird Residential Shared
£357 Early-Bird Residential Single
£300 Non-Residential
£370 Residential Shared
£420 Residential Single


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£ 150.00
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Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
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Practical Information

All workshop kits provided and supplied by tutor, no need to bring anything other than a note book and pen. Artist work will be on display throughout the weekend

Arrivals from 4 pm with afternoon tea, your first group activity will be dinner as a group at 6:30 pm. The course finishes with afternoon tea at 4 pm on Friday.

Elnaz Yazdani

Elnaz Yazdani is an embroidery artist and educator based in Yorkshire. With a portfolio practice in embroidery and background in embroidery education, Elnaz is dedicated to sharing her skills and promoting the importance of embroidery as an art form for the future. She believes you can define embroidery using 3 simple words ‘Embellish, Connect and Transform’.

Elnaz has taught embroidery within higher education for over 6 years and teaches fashion, costume and textile BA and MA students. She also runs community-based workshops and takes on embroidery and jewellery commissions.

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