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Upcoming Classes

Tracy teaches classes at her studio in Durham, and provides online classes via Zoom.

Thu 25th Apr 2024
Cost: £140.00
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Contemporary Whitework taught over 2 days in April and May.
Tue 30th Apr 2024
Cost: £45
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Couching findings, metal threads and wires
Tue 7th May 2024
Cost: £70
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An opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary hand embroidery in Tracy’s studio in Fowlers Yard, Durham City.

Specialist Techniques

Tracy is highly technically trained and fully experienced in a range of traditional embroidery and stitch techniques.

Crewel Work
Crewel Work

Crewel work embroidery, which is also known as Jacobean crewel work, reached its peak in 17th century England, and was later taken to the America Colonies.

Gold Work
Gold Work

In contrast to traditional gold work embroidery, creative gold work gives the opportunity to work with metal threads in an experimental ambitious and enterprising way, whilst remaining true to good technique.

Drawn Thread Work
Drawn Thread Work

Drawn thread work is a form of open counted thread work embroidery where both the warp and/or weft are withdrawn from an even-weave fabric, which is then decorated with stitch.

About Tracy

A professional and highly skilled experienced embroiderer

Tracy A Franklin graduated from the RSN Apprenticeship and is the Lead Tutor at RSN Durham. She teaches the RSN Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery. Tracy has worked on a variety of commissions, including ecclesiastical church work for Durham Cathedral where she is the Head Broderer.

Tracy is the author of a variety of publications on embroidery, including Crewel Work, Contemporary Whitework and New Ideas in Goldwork. She has taught for the RSN in both the UK and the United States.

Tracy's CV Artist Interview
Tracy Franklin Portrait

Latest blog posts

A Basic Silk Shading Tutorial . . . .
A Basic Silk Shading Tutorial . . . .
5th Aug 2020
Silk-shading uses a number of colours in cotton or silk threads, skilfully blended together to create the natural appearance of a flower, fruit, plant or animal.
12th Feb 2018
Interview with which is a great place for textile artists and art enthusiasts to be inspired and communicate with like-minded creatives.