Jen’s classes are held at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne, Dorset, please be aware that the class room is accessed via 3 flights of stairs. Places are limited to ensure everyone gets individual attention. Booking is essential for all classes and a materials charge is payable on the day.

Class Information

Class information 2018

Bring Your own days

  • Expert advice on hand, any techniques covered
  • Bring along any project that needs a kickstart
  • Bring along inspiration for new projects that needs a starting point
  • March 17th, April 28th, June 2nd, September 8th, November 17th.

Booking is essential. Classes run on the Saturdays listed above from 10am – 4pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day. Lunch break is 1pm-2pm, please remember to bring along lunch or book lunch at the Millstream Bistro. Sessions cost £40 plus any materials used.

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Short Courses

Jen’s morning short courses are fully booked, and so Jen will be running two more on Tuesday afternoons in the summer and autumn terms. Please see below for more information.

Jen’s short courses offer the opportunity to work on more in depth projects than a single day class. You can choose from Jen’s wide range of embroidery designs or you can develop your own ideas to create a true, one-of-a-kind embroidery.

* 10 sessions per term
* Techniques tailored to suit each student
* Lamps and magnifiers available for every student
* Tea, coffee and biscuits are always available

Summer term
Tuesday afternoons, 2 – 5pm
April 24th,
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

Autumn term
Tuesday afternoons, 2 – 5pm
September 11th, 18th, and 25th
October 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th
November 6th, 13th and 20th

£150 per person, plus costs for any materials used.

  • 10 sessions each term.
  • Techniques tailored to suit each student
  • Magnifiers available for every student
  • Spring term – January 16th, 23rd, 30th, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th
  • Summer term – April 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • Autumn term – September 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th November 6th, 13th, 20th

Booking is essential. Classes run on the Tuesdays listed above from 10am – 1pm with tea, coffee and biscuits are available . Terms cost £150 (£15 per session) plus any materials used.

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‘I have done several classes with Jen. They are well structured and organised. Her instructions (written and verbal) are clear and all materials are provided. Importantly for me the atmosphere is relaxed and fun is had by all’.- Sally Uphill, Bath
I have so enjoyed this series of lessons, wonderfully informal, relaxed and cheery. I am very pleased with how my project has progressed. It is the piece of work I feel most proud of and it is certainly the one I have learnt the most while stitching.- Susan W


Distance Learning

An ideal choice for those of you who have some experience of embroidery and are looking for an in-depth and visual learning experience in the comfort of your own home. Each week you will receive an email detailing the week’s lesson and at least one video to assist you with stitching technique. Jen actively encourages you to send her progress pictures for personalised feedback and you can join Jen’s Facebook page to connect with embroiderers from around the world.


The next three classes are an interlinked trio of silk shading pieces to cover the three different variations, natural silk shading of a flower, tapestry shading of a person followed by the fluffy shading of a lion. You can choose to work the projects individually picking whichever interests you or you can decide to sign up for all three and progress through each developing your skills as you go.


This autumn a silk shaded iris will kick of the trio. Irises are notoriously challenging as they have so many conflicting angles and dramatic colour changes. However the accompanying videos will show how to carefully angle stitches and how to blend through colours to ensure a realistic three dimensional effect is created.


In spring 2019 a tapestry shaded figure will be embroidered. Tapestry shading is silk shading worked vertically with the folds and creases of the clothing being created with shading and split stitch edges alone. The biggest quirk with tapestry shading is establishing an order of work to ensure a three dimensional perspective is achieved. This is how saints were worked historically and is a very undervalued variation of this popular technique. 


The final class running in the summer of 2019 will be the lion class, this will focus on textural shading to create dramatic movement through the mane along with fine detailed stitching to create the facial features. Stitching animals can be one of the most freeing forms of hand embroidery but it can also be some of the most challenging. Understanding the order of work mixed with the unpredictable angle changes are going to be considered here!


Further details of this trio of classes will be added to the website very soon.







‘I enrolled in Jen’s online course looking forward to stretching my blackwork knowledge. I found the course well developed, well structured and very enjoyable. One had room to adapt the colour scheme to reflect ones preferences and Jen was most helpful in sourcing different threads. Instructions are clear and each stage well thought out with excellent video tutorials.’- Ann Carmichael, Scotland

Residential Summer School

August 2018 will see Jen’s Summer School running to the Springhead Trust site in the heart of the Dorset countryside. As well as a week of embroidery tuition with a choice of projects to choose from, there will be unrestricted access to the beautiful private gardens.

The Summer School will be running from Monday 6th to Friday 10th August 2018.

Accommodation is a mixture of single rooms, twin rooms and dormitories, with comfortable recreation rooms to enjoy. All accommodation is booked on a first come basis and if you wish to attend the classes only, this is also an option.

The residential school costs £425 with a deposit of £100 due at the time of booking. The outstanding balance is due 12 weeks before the summer school starts. Breakfast and lunch are included in the cost. The local tea room offers cooked breakfast and there are also many places locally for an evening meal. However there is also a large, well appointed kitchen should you wish to cook yourself. Any materials and kits are charged at the end of the week.

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‘Jen is an amazing teacher! I was lucky enough to spend summer school 2015 at Springhead on my first course with Jen, she is friendly, made me feel welcome, relaxed and extremely comfortable, allowing me to ask as many questions as I needed. Jen has a huge wealth of knowledge and is an exquisite embroiderer, she is happy to spend time demonstrating and explaining complex techniques to you. I would highly recommend to all! I am looking forward to my next class with her!!’- Caroline Jean, Dorset


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