Course Overview

City and Guilds Accredited Machine Embroidery Course – SS4


Advance your Machine Embroidery skills and techniques with our Skill Stage 4 Machine Embroidery online course. This course has been specifically designed for more experienced artists.  Ideally you will have completed the Skill Stage 3 (or Level 3) Machine Embroidery course or have demonstrable experience of creating a variety of different projects and pieces. 


Throughout your course you’ll be supported by our expert tutors who will aim to assist your personal development.  You will focus on conducting your own personal research, develop your skills, explore new ideas and ultimately form a collection of work at a professional level.


As a City and Guilds accredited course this courses is nationally recognised for its high standards of teaching, learning and assessment.

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Course Highlights

Select your own theme for your design project to stimulate and inspire new ideas. The basis of your design work will be used to create three final assessment pieces.

Create an item inspired by an historical or contemporary designer/maker.

Design and create your very own 3D item.

Explore a range of specialist and advanced techniques including; Stumpwork, raised and padded, transparent and Bonded, gold and metallic embroidery, and experiment with soluble embroidery sampling.

Create your own design folio containing all of your designs, research and inspiration. This is a valuable folio which will help you to develop own personal styles and techniques.

Compile two extensive collections of advanced hand embroidery technique samples – one traditional, one contemporary.

Study the history of British Machine Embroidery as well as research embroidery from different geographical areas.

Gain professional practise – produce a CV and professional profile, cost items, compile a business plan and present work for promotional purposes online.


There is around 410 hours of course content/materials and it is usual for students to take between 6-8 weeks to complete each module. Students can take up to 2 year to complete the course, which allows students to work at their own pace. However it is up to the individual student how quickly they wish to return work to their tutor for assessment.


A six-month contingency is available, if needed, to cover unforeseen issues such as illness, upon production of supporting documentation, which would therefore extend the course life to 30 months (2.5 years). The maximum for this extra contingency time is once during the course lifetime.

Machine Embroidery project by Vicky O'Leary

Delivery and Assessment

The course is supplied as a distance learning course where course materials and tutor assessments are delivered digitally and work is returned to your tutor via digital presentation.


Your coursework will be reviewed by your tutor and periodically by an Internal Quality Assessor, to ensure the appropriate quality standard is maintained. You will be provided with written feedback in a timely fashion (usually within 10 days) and, if needed, you will be able to re-submit altered work. You can contact your tutor at any time to request your work to date be reviewed and suggestions for future progress be made.

How Do I Enrol?

Students can enrol for this course during the enrolment period. We hold 3-4 enrolment days throughout the year for new students. If you would like to enrol, simply express your interest to receive information about your course, exclusive interviews with our tutors and information about our existing students and graduates who are already achieving so much.


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Remember that only those who have previously ‘expressed an interest’ will be invited to enrol when it opens. Express your interest now to receive a full brochure including prices and a detailed overview about the tasks included in each module.