Classes with Kate Barlow
Kate grew up in North Wales and originally studied costume at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff before graduating in 2001 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. Following this she worked as a freelance costume maker at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and then as part of the Touring Wardrobe department at the Welsh National Opera. Kate has always loved hand embroidery, and got the stitching bug from her Nan at an early age, so in 2013 she decided to take the plunge and re-train as an embroidery tutor at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) at Hampton Court Palace.
Kate graduated from the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN with distinction in 2016. During the course she studied many traditional hand embroidery techniques including goldwork, Jacobean crewel work, blackwork, stumpwork and silk shading. In 2015 Kates Advanced Silk Shaded budgie “Smuggler” was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Summer Exhibition. The piece was also made into a greetings card.
Kate loves to design her own embroidery kits, using traditional techniques in a contemporary way. She also likes to combine her embroidery with her love of historical dress, creating kits based on original pieces. Her classes can cover all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to more advanced stitchers. When she’s not involved in freelance projects Kate works as a stitcher for the RSN in their commercial studio, working on conservation, restoration and private commissions.
Kate has taught for the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, RSN Bristol, Bath Fashion Museum, Williamsburg School of Needlework in the U.S., and the RSN 2018 Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky. She also teaches for The Craft Sanctuary, Needlework Tours and Cruises, The Alpine Experience, Crewelwork Company, and justhands-on.tv .
In 2018 Kate was runner up in The National Needlecraft Awards 2019 Embroidery Designer of the Year category.
Whitework Eyelet Embroidery Technique with Kate Barlow
Kate has worked this element of whitework on 32count linen, using cotton a broder or perle threads. Kate creates the hole using a stylo, this means that no threads are cut, thus keeping your work really strong.
These eyelet designs were often used on garments where both sides of the work would...
Fabric Embellishment with Kate Barlow
Kate loves to use pre-printed fabric designs as her inspiration for her embroidery skills and left over threads.
This is a great idea for those just beginning embroidery. Indeed, some of the fabrics have a cross stitch design printed.
In this lovely workshop Kate shares how you can enhance ...
Rainbow Counted Embroidery Stitch Work with Kate Barlow
Counted embroidery is a great way for lovers of cross stitch to move into embroidery. Kate talks us through how to create one of the stitches she particularly liked from patterns used in Blackwork.
Kate suggests using a 28 count fabric, as this is easy to see and count. A higher number means t...
Meet Kate Barlow, Embroidery Tutor
We will be enjoying some workshops with and from Kate soon, so keep watching.
This is what Kate has to say about herself:
I grew up in North Wales and originally studied costume at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. I was graduating in 2001 with a BA Hons ...