Chicken Scratch embroidery with Carolyn Forster

chicken scratch embroidery workshop

Have you heard of Chicken Scratch? It is a traditional hand sewn version of cross stitch embroidery that became popular in the 1930s and 40s. We are going to bring it up to date and explore the stitches and designs on sample pieces of gingham check.

If you want to make a little drawstring bag from your samples, a pattern will be supplied.




14 Feb 2024


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

What will we cover?

This will be a fun class of hand stitching, exploring the way the stitches alter the look of the base fabric, with everyone exploring and creating their own designs based on the many samples supplied.

How will I be taught?

By a friendly and experienced tutor in our light and airy studio. Questions are encouraged and everyone is able to work at their own pace.

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

No experience necessary, this workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

  • Thread snips/scissors
  • Thimbles if you use them.
  • Embroidery needles of preference, needle threader, optional
  • 6in/8in embroidery hoop, optional
  • 2 or more 10in squares or gingham fabric, 1/4in gingham will work best
  • Stranded embroidery thread to match the light and dark squares of your fabric
  • If you like, bring other colours of threads to add to your design, we will have some you can use here too

    You may not finish your embroidery on the day but if you wish to make it into a bag later on full instructions will be given.

What will I take home with me?

Your individual Chicken Scratch embroidery panel which can be kept as a sampler or made into a bag or incorporated into another project.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Carolyn Forster
Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster studied textiles at Bath, and has a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn's work has been featured in various quilting magazines, as well as on television, both here and in the US. Since self-publishing her first book, 'Quilting-on-the-Go', Carolyn has written books for Landauer Publishing in the US and Search Press in the UK, and has contributed to books published by New Holland and That Patchwork Place.

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