Workshops will begin again in 2018.

Bookings are currently being taken for the courses listed below, including the next challenge based workshop, The Sewcial. Further dates will be added throughout the year.  

Creative hand stitch workshops with Kathleen Murphy (a.k.a. Murgatroyd & Bean).
  • You will need to bring a needlecase, embroidery scissors, pencil and paper.
  • Materials are usually included but you are always welcome to bring your own treasured scraps to include in your piece.  
  • A minimum number of participants are required for each workshop so why not invite a friend to join you? 
For enquiries about workshops, talks or private bookings, contact: or call 07971 684573

Saturday 3rd February 2018 
'The Sewcial' 
Our regular challenge based workshop with a twist! Other than knowing the day will involve creative hand stitch in some form, you will only find out what Kathleen is going to pull out of her battered suitcase and ask you to try when you arrive! This workshop will challenge you to explore a theme, concept or hand stitch technique, it could be 2D or 3D, but often taking a sideways approach to materials.
The Sewcial is a social place and welcomes sharing so if you have something you’d like to show or tell, be it a project or an exhibition recommendation, we'd love to know about it.
Skill level: Intermediate Some previous experience of hand sewing is helpful. Those with practical skills from other making disciplines may also find this of interest.
10.00am - 4pm £70 per person. Includes materials & refreshments
In keeping with the venue policy places are not considered booked without full receipt of the workshop fee. Non-refundable, non-transferable.
To book contact: or call 07971 684573 
Venue: theYARDartspace 

Upper Bath Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2BA

JULY 2018
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July 2018
'Bostini Bugs' Brooch Making 
Bostini Bugs can be found flitting in and out of the shafts of sunshine which pierce the trees in the forest near the workshop of Murgatroyd & amp; Bean. They are highly decorative, 3-dimensional bugs who would like nothing more than to sit on your lapel and bask in the admiration of all who see them.
Over the course of the weekend you will have time to become immersed in slow stitch as you are guided through a combination of simple stumpwork, applique and hand embroidery techniques to make your bug brooch come to life.
Intermediate level: suitable for those with some previous sewing experience.
Venue: Creative Thread Workshops 
35 Derby Road, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 1EU
To book please go directly to CTW website HERE

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October 2018
'Winter Tale Teacups' 
Create your own small, stitched world atop a vintage teacup. During this two day course you will make a miniature 3D scene of a wooded, Winter landscape using felt, fabric scraps and embroidery. Decorated with trees and snowy cottages there will also be tiny hand sewn characters; a snowmen, gingerbread people or even talking baubles! Once complete, these little scenes can be rearranged to create new tales.
Intermediate level: suitable for those with some previous hand sewing experience.
35 Derby Road, Garstang, Lancaster, PR3 1EU
To book please go directly to CTW website HERE