Experimental Embroidery for Fashion and Textiles

embroidery-course-experimental-sonia-bienek-textiles-london copyStarting from Wednesday 27th February until Wednesday 3rd April, I’ll be tutoring at City Lit. Classes are from 6pm until 9pm.

A creative and non-traditional approach to hand embroidery, exploring stitch techniques and materials in your own personalised way to leave an impression on an existing garment or textiles piece.

More info can be found  on the City Lit website.

Embroider a Patch with me!



On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July, I’ll be hosting an embroidery patch workshop at CityLit, Covent Garden.

Over the course of two evenings, you will get your hands on the tools and techniques you will need to embroider your very own embroidery patch! You will then be able to attach this onto your favourite denim jacket, hat, tote bag or anything else you like!

Click here for course booking and more information.

Upcycled Zipper Pouch

Here’s a short video of one of the up-cycled zip pouches that are currently on sale on my etsy shop right now. I wish etsy would consider plugging in a new video tool for sellers, so that buyers could see a listing in action.

The ‘Solar infusion’ zipper pouch is made up of cotton and silk that would have otherwise been thrown away. These salvaged materials, have then been hand dyed and silk screen printed by myself. Then I’ve introduced my other love… some digital embroidery, to the outer fabric.

Over the last few months I have been thinking hard about my impact on the environment. Mainly through my impulse purchases of desirable beads and sequins that I’ve accumulated but not yet used. This year might just be the start of me just using everything I have already, and only paying out for absolute essentials in order to create new pieces,

Dairy is Scary – World Vegan Month


Happy World Vegan month!
I’ve been wanting to share my view on wearing gentle activism and why it is important to me.
We should not wear anything that scares people away from the message you want them to consider thinking deeply about.
We must wear our cause with the understanding that: the older you get the more conditioned you are to the  years of background programming within us that determines how we individually connected with this world. Deep set ideologies are not simply undone from one conversation or interaction. It’s a slow process, and it requires individuals to do their own research and make their own realisations.  This isn’t easy for most, it might mean letting go of friendships that do not serve them well or being the odd one out for a little while. Change is inevitable, and if we don’t embrace it we will become victims of a harbouring traditions that do nothing to serve our wellbeing. Meanwhile destroying the lives of sentient beings that this world has chosen to exploit for nothing but money.

What on earth are you carrying??? Inside my travel embroidery kit!

What on Earth are you Carrying?!
As textiles artists, makers or designers we have a one common trait. We carry a lot of stuff!!! This can be anything from sketchbooks, pencil cases, magazines, notebooks and embroidery hoops!
Today I’m going to show you what’s inside my travel sewing/embroidery/embellishment kit. I take this to work with me, on long trips and you will usually find me sitting next to it at home. I should give it a name!
Having a smaller embroidery kit with me helps me focus on projects that I should currently be working on!


1.     Embroidery Thread: I use DMC and Anchor threads. John Lewis had a crazy discount on all their anchor threads last year… I don’t think I bought enough.
2.     Embroidery Scissors: Consider these my embroidery life jacket.
3.    Air Erasable Marker: So handy! Works like magic! Just remember your marks are here today and gone tomorrow so make sure you have a back up version of your embroidery design.
4.     Beading and Crewel needles: I actually forgot I put these in here! I like to have options!
5.    Sequins: These haunt me slightly.
6.     Random Embroidery Patch: Something In was supposed to fix to something else.
7.     Thread: Very random shades, not sure how they snuck it. I clearly don’t pay that much attention to what I carry around with me!
8.     Tape Measure: Goes without saying.
9.     Needle Pouch: I decided to make my own, however, I store needles anywhere! They don’t want to stay in one place!
10. Seed Beads: I love these colours! I keep them with me for colour inspiration! Bought these in Nottingham at the Bead Shop.
11. Pins: Really useful for hand embroidery when rogue excess of fabric needs taming around the embroidery hoop!
Let me know if I’m missing anything!? What do you carry around with you all day?