Distance learning classes
Not able to come to a class? Want more than a kit? Then Sarah's distance learning classes are just for you! Classes will offer unique exquisite projects designed in their entirety by Sarah, good quality materials, step by step comprehensive video instructions and feedback if required. You can take a class wherever you are in the world!
'Love, Sin and Morality'
Cost for this course: £195
This distance learning project ‘Love, Sin and Morality’, is a traditional hand embroidery project inspired by the work of the great William Morris and his complex relationship with his wife Jane. Taught to you by Sarah Homfray, this project covers some of the fundamental stitches of hand embroidery as well as an introduction to crewelwork, silk shading and goldwork techniques. It is designed to guide beginners or stitchers with a little experience stitch by stitch through the creation of this William Morris inspired piece designed by Sarah. At the end of the course you will have a completed piece of embroidery and a comprehensive understanding of core hand embroidery techniques and stitches which will enable you to move onto other projects and techniques.
The course consists of nine lessons spread over 18 videos in HD video format (over 7 hours in total) which will be viewed on YouTube (for which you will need a YouTube log-in), accompanied by a written instruction book showing how to work the project exactly as it is shown above. The whole of the project is covered in the videos and most lessons are split into individual parts so you can easily find where you are and move between lessons. Pause, stop and restart at your convenience! The videos for this project are available for a whole year from the time you enrol, enabling you to work at your own pace and fit this project into your life in a timescale that suits you. As a guide line, Sarah estimates that a beginner will take approximately 25-30 hours to stitch this project. We have had many finishers for this project and due to popular demand are releasing some more kits imminently, so if you are interested, drop Sarah or Jonathan a message here and someone will get back to you promptly.
New class on it's way!
Jacobean Crewelwork - 'Spring'
We are putting together our next class, which we hope to release by the end of the month. This is a more focused look at Jacobean crewelwork embroidery in this beautiful 'Spring' inspired design by Sarah.
More information to follow here but you can sign up to our newsletter here and get the information straight to your inbox!
How the courses work:
Learning is by HD video which will be viewed on YouTube (for which you will need a YouTube/gmail log-in). The videos are accompanied by a written instruction book split into lessons to coincide with the videos. The book backs up the videos with information on materials needed for the lesson, stitch diagrams and hints and tips; you will need both the video instructions and the book to complete the courses. The whole of each project is covered in the videos and some lessons are split into individual parts so you can easily find where you are and move between lessons. Pause, stop and restart at your convenience! All of the videos for your chosen project will be online ready for you to watch as soon as you have enrolled and will be available to you for the length of time specified in each course from the time you enrol, enabling you to work at your own pace and fit this project into your life in a timescale that suits you.
You will receive a very high quality materials and equipment pack for your chosen project (see FAQ below, 'Do I need any specialist equipment?'); the only extra thing you need is a pair of embroidery scissors and if you wish to frame your piece the way Sarah has, a flexi hoop display frame. Check the individual classes for any optional extras (sometimes the embroidery hoops are optional as many stitchers already have one of these). Hoops, stretcher bars and disaply frames are are available from the online shop.
Ongoing dialogue with your tutor is a central part of any learning process and you can have feedback from Sarah whenever you need it via e-mail (Mon-Friday and please bear in mind time zone differences!) for the whole time you have access to your course. Sarah will aim to respond to your questions promptly so that you may continue with your stitching without delay. Send photographs or ask a question; Sarah is on hand to help you throughout the project. There is a community page on the website for all students to access, and there is also a Facebook group where you can chat to Sarah and your fellow stitchers (let Sarah know you would like to join this upon enrolment and she will send you a request)!
When you have finished the project, send back good quality photographs via e-mail and you will receive comprehensive written feedback from Sarah and a certificate of completion.
There is a one off fee to enrol (see individual course details for these) and you can pay by bank transfer (UK and international options), cheque (in GBP only) or using your credit/debit card via the PayPal payment gateway in our online shop. We offer free postage for those living in the UK and discounted postage for all other destinations with tracking options for many destinations. Upon receipt of payment your course materials will be sent out to you promptly and your access to the videos will be activated so you can start stitching right away. Please note, this fee is per person and it is not possible to purchase extra materials packs; the fee pays for Sarah's tuition, support and feedback throughout the course.
For examples of Sarah's videos check the free ones out here!
If you have a question, check out the FAQs below. For anything not covered in the FAQs, you can contact sarahhomfray.com here and we will be happy to help.
What is distance learning?
Distance learning is a fabulous way to learn if you are unable to get to, or don’t have, any classes near to you but would still like the opportunity to learn a new skill or brush up on your current skills. You receive tuition in your own home and interaction with a tutor and other students via e-mail and the internet.
What courses are available?
See above for courses currently on offer. All pieces are designed, stitched and taught by Sarah.
Who teaches the courses?
Your course is led by professional embroiderer Sarah Homfray. Sarah trained on the three year Royal School of Needlework apprenticeship gaining a diploma in Hand embroidery with distinction. She went on to gain a teaching certificate with North Kent College and Greenwich University and has a wealth of experience teaching embroidery at home and abroad since graduating in 2006. To read more about Sarah, click here.
Who are the courses aimed at?
Anyone wishing to learn the art of hand embroidery or brush up on their hand embroidery skills under the guidance of a professional hand embroiderer wherever you are in the world!
What ability level are the courses aimed at?
Check the detailed course information above for the level of the course.
Do I need any computer skills?
We have tried to keep computer interaction as minimal as possible (this is an embroidery course after all!), but to be able to offer this to students wherever they are in the world, it’s inevitable that some computer knowledge will be needed. You will need only basic computer skills which you already have as you are reading this page! You will need an e-mail address in order to purchase the project online and for Sarah to interact with you on a one to one basis. The videos will be uploaded to YouTube so you will need a Google account login if you don’t have one already (click here to do this) to be able to view them which you can do on a computer, tablet or phone. There is no commitment to do anything by doing this, it just allows you to access Google services of which YouTube is one. Only those who have paid for the class will be given access to view the videos (just let us know the e-mail address that you use for your YouTube/Google login so we can tell YouTube you have permission to view the videos). Any problems with the technical aspects of this course, please contact sarahhomfray.com here.
What format are the courses taught in?
The courses are taught by Sarah in a set of detailed HD videos, available to watch via YouTube. There is an accompanying written instruction booklet with stitch diagrams, notes and information. You will need both of these to work the project.
Do I need any special equipment to do the course?
A high quality materials pack is provided containing everything you need for the projects other than a sharp pair of embroidery scissors which are available from sarahhomfray.com if you don't have any. There is an option to buy an inexpensive frame to frame your piece at the end if you want to and occaisionally you may need to purchase a ring frame if you haven't got one (check individual course details for this).
How much does the course cost and what do I get for my money?
See individual courses for prices. For the price you will get tutoring from a Royal School of Needlework trained embroiderer (apprenticeship graduate) and fully qualified teacher with 10+ years of teaching experience.
A high quality materials pack containing everything you need, including screen printed original design by Sarah, all your threads cut to length and threaded onto a project thread card or bagged and labelled, needles, other amterials specific to each project and a high quality photograph of the finished project for your reference. All in a presentation box.
A beautiful original design to work designed by Sarah.
HD video tuition of the whole project and accompanying printed instructions
Questions answered whenever you need to (an important part of learning is completing a project so Sarah is on hand to help you throughout!).
A community page and Facebook group where you can pick up hints and tips, share your projects and meet your fellow stitchers
Written feedback at the end of the course and a certificate of completion on the receipt of good quality photographs.
Discounts on future distance learning classes
How many places are there on the courses and when do they run?
Places will be limited in order for Sarah to give each student the attention that they require. As soon as you have signed up to the course, your materials pack will be sent out to you along with access to the videos so that you can get going! Videos will be available for a specific time from when you enrol on the course (see individual courses for these times). See above for courses currently on offer.
Can I try before I buy?
There are lots of free videos on Sarah’s YouTube channel for you to have a go at before you commit to the course! Try some single stitches, or buy one of Sarah’s goldwork material packs and have a go at the Daisy project or the copper petals project. The latter is a good sample of the kind of video tuition you will receive on this project. Don’t forget to watch full screen for the best HD picture!
How long will it take me to do the course?
You are given plenty of time to work your chosen course and Sarah will be on hand to help you if you get stuck; Sarah believes strongly in the importance of finishing a project in order to learn and feel that wonderful sense of achievement so she will encourage you to finish in the time available. Try to allow yourself regular set times to work on the project whether it's half an hour here or there or one day every few weeks, whatever you are able to do that fits into your life.
What do I do if I get stuck?
The best way to learn is to have interaction with your teacher, so even though this course is a distance learning course, Sarah will be on hand to help you every step of the way! You will be able to ask questions as often as you need to in the form of e-mail correspondence. Sarah will aim to respond to your questions promptly so that you may continue with your stitching without delay. There is a community page where Sarah will post hints and tips and other information that might be of interest and a Facebook group for those that use social media; share your projects, ask questions and 'meet' your fellow stitchers!
Is my work marked?
Sarah will give everyone personal feedback on completion of their piece in written format which will be sent to you along with your completion certificate (on receipt of good quality photographs of your piece so that feedback can be given). Please note this is optional, if you don’t want this then no problem! Be assured, however, that Sarah understands the learning process well and will always without exception be constructive, encouraging and supportive to you. Feedback is a great way to help you look at your work objectively and help you to improve on your skills, so don’t miss out on this opportunity for the full learning experience.
Do I get a qualification?
This course is not currently accredited to an official education body, but you will get a certificate of achievement on submission of good quality photographs.
Can I work this project with a friend?
The more the merrier and working with a friend will inspire you both to stitch! Please note though, that the videos can’t be shared; each student wishing to work this design will need to sign up through the website and pay the total fee to get their materials pack and access to the videos, support and feedback. Please respect Sarah’s copyright and the amount of work that goes into creating each course by not sharing the courses around. Again there are lots of free videos on YouTube for everyone to have a go at.
Why should I sign up for one of these courses?
The chance to learn from a qualified and experienced professional embroiderer and teacher
High quality materials pack with everything you need to work the projects
Projects designed with completion in mind and continuing support throughout whenever you need it
Full HD video instruction covering the whole project
No waiting times; enrol when you like, start as soon as your materials pack arrives and take the lessons whenever it is convenient for you.
Feedback from an Royal School of Needlework trained and experienced tutor whenever you need it and the use of a community page and Facebook group.
Written comprehensive feedback on completion of your piece and submission of good quality photographs
Certificate of achievement on completion
Get involved: If you would like your say in what future classes are provided, why not fill out the short distance learning questionnaire here?
Thank you to the many of you who have already responded; all of your comments have been taken into consideration!