Conservatory, Courses & Lectures
Wed 06 Nov 2024
Silk Ribbon embroidered Christmas Decoration Workshop
10am - 4pm
£85 (includes tuition, materials, entry to the Walled Garden & mince pies)
Silk ribbon embroidery is fun, easy to master and very versatile. During this workshop you will learn some of the stitches unique to silk ribbon embroidery while making a stunning Christmas decoration.

The three-dimensional effect of this soft, tactile form of needlework is one of its most endearing qualities. Pure silk ribbons are the only ribbons fine enough to slip through the eye of a needle and then though fabric to create delicate silk flowers. Silk ribbon embroidery uses a few stitching techniques that are unique but do not let this put you off as they are very easy to learn.

Some of the techniques covered during this workshop will be:

  • prepping face fabric and backing fabric using herringbone stitch
  • transferring a design using an invisible pen
  • giving flow and interpretation to a design 
  • two ways of dying silk ribbon, one discussed and one practised
  • backing a hoop and making your embroidery into a Christmas ornament/decoration

Materials in the kit for this workshop include:

  • a 4”/11cm hoop
  • red, 100% silk dupion face fabric and light weight calico backing fabric. 
  • natural 4mm silk ribbons for flowers and hand dyed 4mm silk ribbons for foliage
  • stranded threads, various colours
  • seed beads, various colours

All specialist equipment will be provided for use at the workshop. Depending on your sewing speed and previous experience you should be able to take home your completed ornament/decoration. During the day Jacqueline will model each step of the project.


About the course leader: 

Jacqueline was first taught embroidery as a child by her grandmother and then more recently with the Royal School of Needlework. In this workshop Jacqueline will teach a range of stitches including chain stitch and stem stitch using stranded thread; ribbon stitch, detached chain (lady daisy stitch), twisted chain (optional) and french knots using pure silk ribbons. You can find out more about Jacqueline’s embroidery workshops on her website.

Booking Information
To book on this workshop please email

Contact Details
Contact Name: Jacqueline