Based in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands village of Alstonefield in the Peak District National Park, Threads aims to deliver creative needlework and embroidery workshops. Reviving needlecraft traditions and techniques from around the world, we run regular workshops in Alstonefield, but frequently travel to other venues within the area. We welcome and encourage beginners and cater for a range of abilities. At Threads you can make temari balls from Japan, learn Zari work from India, make heritage buttons from England, as well as a range of other embroidery stitches and techniques such as crewelwork, stumpwork, chicken scratch, drawn thread work and much more. It is important to us that you have a great day out learning a new skill and come away with a special hand-made item to keep or use as a gift. We also offer a bespoke service to groups including hen parties or other special events where we will work on a project to suit your requirements.
Cathy at a workshop (2nd from right)
Threads is run by Cathy Reavy, whose background is in Human Resources with many years of experience in the field of management training. Having been taught by her grandmother, Cathy has a lifelong passion for needlecrafts, with particular interest in different types of hand embroidery such as crewelwork and stumpwork. Threads was founded in 2012 by Cathy and her friend Jani Barnard who together led the Alstonefield Arts & Craft Group for a number of years, having organised a wide variety of needlework and craft courses, with responsibility for two major exhibitions, Images of Spring in 2008 and Festival of Angels in 2011. Jani continues to assist with Threads workshop preparation, design and tutoring.