Stag & Bow


Stag and Bow host a continuously evolving wide programme of workshops from beginners’ standards - knitting, crochet and understanding your sewing machine - to more advanced classes in spoon carving, felting, lino printing and more. We also run classes themed round new book and product launches. Many of our tutors are local makers.

Stitch-School A to Z Embroidery Sampler Sunday 12 May 11am-1pm

Stitch-School A to Z Embroidery Sampler Sunday 12 May 11am-1pm


Embroidery experts Melanie Bowles and Aimee Betts are pleased to be hosting the A-Z Sampler Workshop at Stag & Bow in Forest Hill. Working on the Stitch-School linen sampler to explore, learn and practice the A-Z of embroidery stitches.  Each letter of the alphabet has its own individual embroidery technique ready to practice. The alphabet is printed onto a linen sampler and accompanied with an instruction sheet illustrating each stitch.

Participants will receive the A-Z Embroidery sampler containing a 48cm x 76cm printed linen sampler and instruction sheet of stitches. DMC threads and hoop are provided for workshop.

6 to 8 things they will learn

Learn and practice six embroidery stitches and be introduced to the complete alphabet of stitches.

Discover the benefits of slow stitching as a form of de-stressing as antidote to modern life.

Explore the wealth of embroidery stitches creating together to celebrate the art of needlework.

Be inspired by the Stitch-School archive of embroidery books and samplers.

Become part of the Stitch-School community ready to share skills and the benefits of embroidery.

Level: No experience necessary

What to bring: All materials are included

Class size: 14

Aimee Betts

Co-founder Aimee Betts specialises in embroidery and braided and studied at the Royal College of Art. Her work can found at The New Craftsmen, she is specialist stitch technician at Chelsea College of Art and Goldsmiths University.

Melanie Bowles

Co-founder Melanie Bowles studied Embroidery at Manchester Metroplotian University, she is Senior Lecturer in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts. Author of Digital Textile Design and Print Make Wear publisher Laurence King. She specialises in designing educational graphics that encourage textile crafts.