Classes with Kelley Aldridge

Classes with Kelley Aldridge

Kelley is keen to help people who have never done hand embroidery, to give it a go.

Kelley graduated from the RSN Apprenticeship in 2005 and went on to launch RSN Bristol.

She has grown a successful business in teaching, producing kits, and working private commissions mainly in the Bristol area.

Kelley is also involved with conservation and restoration projects. Recent restoration work includes the Redcliffe Cope for St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol and several 18th century samplers.

According to Kelley, “My work reflects my passion for stitching by hand – putting thread to needle and needle to fabric. I am inspired by the flowing shapes of the natural world as well as the amazing beauty of the human form. Taking great time and care, I create intricately stitched pieces using diverse materials including silk and gold, linen and leather, employing techniques that are often hundreds of years old.”

Kelley is well known for raised embroidery. Her book, RSN Raised Embroidery, was published by Search Press in 2017. It contains a complete grounding in raised embroidery stitches and techniques, three beautiful projects and galleries of inspiring work.

Her workshops are always full of helpful hints and tips.

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Classes with Kelley Aldridge
  • Make Felt Holly Leaves and Berries with Gillian Harris

    In this workshop Gillian Harris shows how to use the wet felt, she made earlier, to create leaves. And in particular holly leaves maybe for a door wreath. She does have some templates in the back of her book, Felting Fabulous Flowers, but Gillian herself prefers to cut out the leaves freehand.

  • History of Stumpwork by Kelley Aldridge

    Information about Kelley Aldridge
    Kelley Aldridge has completed a 3-part workshop for us on stumpwork.
    Kelley graduated from the Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship and launched RSN Bristol. Since then she has taught a variety of Day Classes and the RSN Certificate & Diploma in Technical Ha...

  • Stumpwork Embroidery Course with Kelley Aldridge - Part 2

    Stumpwork Embroidery Course – Part 2 of 3
    Having made the wire shapes, Kelley suggests that you might like to consider painting the inside of the shape. You can also add voile or organza. Kelley also talks about filling in the wire petal shape with long and short shading and cutting out the wire ...

  • Wrapping Beads with Kelley Aldridge

    Use beads in your embroidery
    You can simple create Christmas with beads that you may have.
    Kelley is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and now heads up the Royal School of Needlework Bristol division. For more information you can click here.
    Artists Statement from Kelley Aldridge
    My wo...

  • Stumpwork Embroidery Course with Kelley Aldridge - Part 1

    Stumpwork Embroidery Course – Part 1 of 3
    This course reflects Kelley’s passion for stitching by hand – putting thread to needle and needle to fabric.
    Kelley takes the mystery out of how to do stumpwork with her easy step-by-step approach, which is perfect for those ready to try new hand embroide...

  • Stumpwork Embroidery Course with Kelley Aldridge - Part 3

    Stumpwork Embroidery Course – Part 3 of 3
    In this final stage of the stumpwork course, Kelley shows how to attach the 3D petal to the work.
    You should now feel confident to enjoy and work on any stumpwork designs and kits you may come across.

    Click here to learn more about Kelley A...