Introduction to Hand Embroidery

2-day Workshop

Saturday July 15 & Sunday July 16 (9:00am – 5:00pm)

Instructor: Božena Hrycyna

Adornment is never anything but an expression of the human heart, and the human need to align oneself with the world.

The word ‘adorn’ and ‘ornament’ relate directly to the word ‘order,’ to the pattern of the cosmos. And so to adorn has also been associated with aligning to a greater pattern, a pattern evident in the harmonic structures of nature […] 

(Joshua Schrie, The Emerald)  

Embroidery is one of the oldest ways humans have been expressing their heart’s desire and need to adorn themselves and all they touch. It dates back as far as 30,000 years, at least!  

Learn this beautiful craft and begin your journey into this rich and ancient world of adornment. 

Join instructor Bozena Hrycyna of Kosa Kolektiv & Folk Camp Canada in a weekend of immersion into the world of hand embroidery, learning the basics of counted embroidery and tasting a bit of freeform too. The workshop is designed for beginners and will focus on learning best practices and gaining general familiarity with various materials and techniques used in embroidery. We will focus on cross stitch, back stitch and running stitch, working on linen and/or cotton aida cloth following a geometric pattern to begin. The second part of the workshop you’ll be introduced to some freeform techniques such as stem stitch, split stitch and chain stitch, as well as satin stitch, which can be used to beautifully depict any drawn form. You’ll be introduced to the traditional motifs of natural forms such as the ‘tree of life’ and its variation- ‘the flowers in a vase’. Your pieces can form the basis of a little pouch, pillow or book cover or be incorporated into a larger piece (shoulder bag) or garment at a later time.

$295.00 + HST
$20.00 material & tool fee to be paid to Božena on the weekend of the course

Garden fresh lunches, snacks & refreshments included throughout the weekend. All dietary needs accommodated.

CALL TO REGISTER – (613) 464-2105


Cross Stitched Blouse
Freeform Embroidery
Cross Stitched Ornament
A Flower of Stitches
Rushnyky with Freeform