Talks and Workshops

For more information and for fees: – 07511284353

Please see below for details of talks and workshops.

2018 Dates

February 8th – Prees WI – talk

February 10th – Shrewsbury Museum and art Gallery – Stitch Diaries workshop

February 17th – Bedford Embroiderers Guild – Goldwork workshop

February 23rd – Bucks County WI – Stitch conference – talk

February 24th – Shrewsbury Museum and art Gallery – Stitch Diaries workshop

March 10th – Shrewsbury Museum and art Gallery – Goldwork Workshop

March 22nd – Lutterworth Embroiderers Guild

March 24th – Shrewsbury Museum and art Gallery – Goldwork Workshop

April 3rd – Stow and District Embroiderers Guild – Talk

April 12th – Rhydycroeseu Lafies Guild – talk

April 14th – International Feltmakers Association, Region 9. Goldwork Workshop

April 28th – Romford Embroiderers Guild – Goldwork Workshop

May 13th – National Festival of Making – Goldwork Workshop – Drop in session for all!

June 24th – Shropshire Supports Refugees – Family goldwork workshop

July, TBC – S4S sustainable fashion project – Series of  embroidery workshops. Details TBC

August 25th & 26th – Shrewsbury Folk Festival – Childrens Festival – Goldwork fossils!

September 4th – Shrewsbury STACS – Talk

September 15th – Ardington School of Crafts – Workshop – Goldwork – SOLD OUT

September 20th – Marches Embroideres Guild – Talk

October 6th – Hayloft, Knole, National Trust – Workshop : Adventures in Goldwork

October 11th – Chetton WI – Talk

October 21st &22nd – Ardington School of Crafts – Workshop: Adventures in Goldwork

Hanny Newton, Paresthesia B Detail, 2017, 50cmx50cm, Japanese gold thread on cotton blend


”Embroidery : My story so far”

I am always updating my talk to take in my latest experiences and give you a feel of my adventures as they happen. Below are some of the things I touch on:

 My talk takes in my inspirations and delves into the things I love about Goldwork, hopefully inspiring others to give it a go. I talk about how I fell in love with embroidery at 24, having never considered art as a path before. I talk about my studies at the Royal School of Needlework and Falmouth University 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 at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery in 2015, exhibiting at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and Art in Action, among others. I take you through my project in October 2017 with the British Museum, which saw me teaching goldwork embroidery in the Great Court of the museum to hundreds of visitors. I also talk about my experiences of making the transition from University to the ‘real world’, and talk about the trails and tribulations of pursuing a career as an artist. Overall, I feel I can offer your group an interesting insight into my experiences as an embroidery artist at the beginning of my career.  
I love sharing my enthusiasm for embroidery with others, and regulalry give talks to embroidery groups, WI’s and colleges nationwide, including  as speaker at the Shrophire Embroiderers Guild AGM in September 2016,  at the Guild’s West Midland Regional Day in 2017, as opening speaker for the Dress makers for Strictly Come Dancing for a WI conference, as well as lectures for Hereford and Bedford colleges and Camberwell School of Art.


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.


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.

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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

 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

For more information and for fees: – 07511284353