Talks and Workshops

Hanny is available for talks and workshops nationwide. For more information do email her:

My goldwork embroidery workshops are a balance of technique and experimentation – I like to leave plenty of ‘breathing space’ for students to find their own response to the historical techniques of goldwork. I teach the basics of techniques and a method of experimentation which allows students to find their own outcomes and feel they have more ownership over how they use the technique, and I have had a great response. Although I provide all materials and tools, there is usually no pre-set kit included in my workshops, meaning that we end up with a wonderful array of outcomes, which is always very exciting. I am very pleased to be introducing two new workshops this year, due to demand

Workshop 1: Adventures in Goldwork

Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery. Hanny will show you how, by learning the fundamentals of couching, you can open up a world of possibilities to experiment and explore, whatever your stitching ability. This workshop gives stitchers of all abilities the opportunity to explore the possibilities of couching, building up throughout the day a series of hand embroiderer samples and small pieces which can become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork.

  Workshop 2: Further Adventures in Goldwork

Spend a day exploring the possibilities of combining goldwork felt padding with couching and other metal thread techniques. Throughout the day you will build up a series of hand stitched  samples and small pieces which can become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork.

Workshop 3: Creative embellishment: Beads and Sequins

   Spend a day exploring the endless possibilities of creating your own beads and sequins. This workshop will open up a world of possibilities to experiment  and explore, whatever your stitching ability. Discover how an array of unexpected materials – from photographs to electrical tubing – can become beautiful and unique embellishments

Talk: Embroidery: My Story So Far

My talk takes in my inspirations and delve into the things I love about Gold work, hopefully inspiring others to give it a go. I would talk about how my love of stitch led me to pursue this path, and the experiences and opportunities I have had in the last few years that have shaped and inspired my work. This includes spending time researching and conserving Greek folk costumes in Athens,  and the great opportunities I have had to exhibit my work nationally, including my first solo exhibition earlier this year.  I also talk about my experiences of making the transition from University to the ‘real world’, and talk about my future plans for projects and collaborations. Overall, I feel I can offer your group an interesting insight into my experiences as an embroidery artist at the beginning of my career.

Do get in touch to receive a more in depth outline of my workshops and talks. .

Here are some of the lovely comments I have received from previous workshops and talks:

I’ve been meaning to email to say how much I enjoyed your workshop at Hereford College of Art, it has to be one of my most enjoyable over the last two years.’ 2nd year BA Textiles student, Hereford College of Arts

Thanks for working with the students, they thoroughly enjoyed the day and produced some lovely samples.’ Senior Textile Lecturer, Bedford College

Our ladies loved your style of teaching, which was quite different … I thoroughly enjoyed my day and I know everyone else did too, the room was really buzzing… Your biggest asset is your experimental stitching which nobody else to my knowledge on the circuit is doing.‘  Gill Dakin, Programme Secretary, Leamington Spa Embroiderers Guild, (and a lovely write up of that particular workshop is available here )

‘It was an engrossing and very enjoyable day, and Hanny was helpful and encouraging.  Many of us had been wary of gold work, fearing it was going to be difficult and very exacting.  However, Hanny’s contemporary approach, which is freer and more informal, gave us the confidence we needed to experiment and have fun. We agreed that we had all learned a great deal and went away after a thoroughly satisfying and inspiring day.’

On the night I spoke with a few of the ladies and they were very pleased with the talk and more so I think because you engaged with the audience (We could see your face and expressions and join in with your ‘journey’ )  I think we were in awe of the work you bought with you – so much time and effort on your part and such fine work. It’s great to see such inspirational material and how you interpreted thoughts.  Our group like most groups are mixed in their passions but the one thing in common is a love of good work and it gives some ideas to take away with us. Programme Secretary, Ashbourne Embroiderers Guild, Derbyshire

‘‘A very big thank you for your superb input yesterday which was very much enjoyed by all our members. Many of our members have commented to me on how much they enjoyed it. They not only admired the quality and artistry of your work but loved the way you talked about your inspirations and personal interests that contributed to your development.   As Programme Secretary for the group,  I was delighted that you gave us such an inspirational start to our new programme”  Sue Simper, Programme Secretary, Oswestry Embroiderers Guild, Shropshire

I would be thrilled to give you more information about any of my workshops and talks.