This page should hold the answers to any questions you may have, but do feel free to contact Embroidery Now if you need more information.
VENUE Address and description of the Winchester Quaker Meeting House.
DIRECTIONS and parking information
HOUSEKEEPING A note about refreshments
During the COVID-19 Pandemic we have started running some classes online. These are conducted via a Zoom link, and normally consist of two sessions of two and a half hours each on separate days. The fee for these courses is £45, which is less than the Day classes since I have less overheads to cover, but also the social and technical aspects of the class do not have the same nature as an in person class. You would require a good broadband link to be able to take part. If you cannot make one of the sessions, then I can record and replay it for students who have paid the class fee - the recording is then deleted.
We have found that demonstrations work well over Zoom, but it is more difficult for the tutors to see your work. Usually we ask students to send photographs of their work in progress to the tutor who can advise on their technique.
When we return to in person classes, I will continue to run one or two online classes a year since they have proved of benefit to people who cannot easily reach Winchester for a day class.
The course fee is £75 if you pay on the day. If you pay in advance it will be £65. If you want to make an advance booking, but don’t wish to pay for all classes up front, I will accept a £10 deposit and the rest before the class. A two-day course is £150 on the day, and £130 in advance.
If you have paid in advance and cancel more than 72 hours before the class then your money will be refunded. If you cancel after 10:00 on the Wednesday before the class then I will deduct £10 before returning your fee. If I can fill your place then I will refund all moneys you have paid. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have to cancel, so other people can use your place.
You can either book and pay through the site shop, or send an email to Embroidery Now to book a place. Payment can be done using Paypal which also allows the use of debit and credit cards. The shop will give you information on how to pay by cheque when you choose that option. Cheques can also be written on the day and cash at the class is also acceptable, but do not send cash through the post.
If you don't want to book currently, but just express an interest then contact us, and we will check back with you nearer the class to see if you want to make a firm booking. If a class is sold out, then you can contact us to be added to a waiting list.
The cost of the kit is EXTRA to the class fee, and will appear at the end of the class description. This is paid on the day to the tutor.
The class starts at 10:00 and finishes at 16:00 with an hour for lunch, and breaks for coffee and tea. Give yourself extra time to find a parking space if you are coming by car.
Quaker Meeting House
16 Colebrook Street
Our venue is a large 18th century house with a peaceful walled garden. The way in is through a wooden gate with the word Friends Meeting House over it, and then through the white door on the right. Most classes are held in the Large Meeting Room which is straight through from the main entrance door. Occasionally for smaller classes we use the Childrens' Room which is situated within the garden, or the Dining Room. There are residents living in the upper floors of the house, and other hiring groups may be on the ground floor. Usually the Dining Room is free for us to eat sandwiches, and in fine weather there are seats in the garden.
On foot: The Meeting House is about 3/4 mile from the Railway Station. Go downhill from the station and across the traffic lights, continuing downhill. At the next traffic lights, turn right past the Theatre Royal. Walk down the pedestrianised High Street to the Broadway. Colebrook Street is to the rear of Abbey Gardens, which are by the King Alfred statue.
By car: There are two main car parks nearby. Colebrook Street (SO23 9LH) is only a couple of hundred yards away. The current charges are £5.60 for a four hour stay and £15 for over 4 hours. The other useful car park is Chesil Street (SO23 8BL) which is about 10 minutes walk. The car park is on a small road called Barfield Close just off Chesil Street - marked as the B3330 on the map below. At the top of the road is a roundabout - to the left is the Multi-storey car park. Charges are £7 for the day.
There are also Park and Ride car parks on the outskirts of Winchester, with buses that bring you to the Broadway, and a charge of £3.
Occasionally I may be able to reserve the St Lawrence's Parish Hall car park next to the Quaker Meeting House for our use. Students will be informed if this is available for their class. Parking there would be at your own liability.
Disabled Parking: There is a parking space nearer to the Meeting House for Blue Badge holders. Please check in advance if it is available on the day of your class, and it can be reserved for you.
This link to Google Maps should show you the surrounding area.
The class fee includes light refreshments, morning and afternoon - tea, coffee, biscuits (and sometimes a cake). Please contact us beforehand if you have any dietary requirements - for example we can provide soya milk or non-gluten biscuits.
Lunch is taken between about 1pm to 2pm (teacher's call) and is your own responsibility. The main High Street is only a couple of minutes away with a Greggs, Sainsburys, and Marks and Spencer.
The kits will include instructions, all material, threads, designs and needles required to complete the design.
Daylight lamps are provided, but no magnifiers.
You should bring your own equipment as follows :
Embroidery Hoop. 6" or 8" are most appropriate, but we will advise of any specific sizes.
Embroidery stand or barrel clamp.
Pins and pin cushions can be handy.
We will always let you know before the class if any specialised items are needed, and will often have them available to borrow. If you don't have any of the equipment listed above, let me know and I can usually produce something for you to borrow.