I originally studied costume at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and graduated in 2001 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. Following this I worked as a freelance costume maker at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and then as part of the Touring Wardrobe department at the Welsh National Opera. I’ve always loved hand embroidery, and got the bug from my wonderful Nan at an early age, so in 2013 I decided to take the plunge and re-train as an embroidery tutor at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.
I graduated from the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN with distinction in 2016. During the course I studied more than 15 traditional hand embroidery techniques including goldwork, jacobean crewel work, blackwork, stumpwork and silk shading. I’ve taught for the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, Bath, Bristol, Chester and in the USA.I’ve also taught for The Craft Sanctuary, Needlework Tours, and Embroidery Now. I have upcoming teaching dates with Needlework Tours, Lady Annes Needlework Retreats and The Alpine Experience.
I love to design my own embroidery kits, combining traditional techniques with contemporary designs. My classes can cover all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to more advanced stitchers. I can also do bespoke classes and private lessons. Please email for more information.
Facebook – @katebarlowembroidery
Instagram – @katebarlow_embroidery
Achievements and awards
Heritage Crafts Association/NADFAS Bursary winner – 2014
The Merchant Taylors Company Outstanding Achievement Award – 2015
Elizabeth Elvin Goldwork Award – 2016
The Merchant Taylors Company Outstanding Achievement Award – 2016
In 2015 Kates Advanced Silk Shaded budgie “Smuggler” was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Summer Exhibition. The piece was also made into a greeting card.