Hand Embroidery with Richard McVetis

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Hand Embroidery with Richard McVetis

Friday 17 July 2020

Session: 1


Time: 11.00am - 4.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

Embroidery is an international language made up from hundreds of stitches. A few of these stitches happen to be the favourite of artist Richard McVetis.

In this workshop participants will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making; and the pleasure in having time to make.

This is an experimental approach to stitch and draws on the imagination of each participant. 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. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed. The emphasis will be on both group and individual tuition.


  • To develop traditional hand embroidery skills

  • To translate your own your thoughts and inspiration into stitch

  • To develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium

  • Examples of Richards work will be on show along with artist and book references.

    Materials are provided as well as lunch, snacks and refreshments.

    Taking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off in the shop and further class bookings made within two weeks of finishing this workshop.


    Richard McVetis MA RCA

    Finalist of the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize, Richard McVetis is once of the leading contemporary hand embroidery artists in the UK today. His minimalist work is an endless exploration, not just of form but also of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition within in stitch. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and museums across the world including the UK, Iceland, Ukraine, South Korea and the USA.

    His process is labour-intensive and centres on the use of hand embroidery that reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making.

    McVetis, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2008, he lives and works in London. Find examples of his work here www.richardmcvetis.co.uk