About Goldstitch Studio

Goldstitch Embroidery was founded 25 years ago. With the support from Durham City Business Link and Chester le Street Enterprise Agency. As we developed our business we went on to win two Cultural and Creative awards from Arts Council England. We have recently moved to a new studio at Durham Workspace, Abbey Road, DH1 5JZ.

Goldstitch Durham

In the studio we have sewing classes and workshops. We have a selection of fabrics and haberdashery to help with your sewing project. Our classes are available to book online. We have Sewing groups, Project Day workshops. and Sewing for Beginners.

Our classes are for anyone learning to sew, also for those of you who wish to enhance and learn skills and socially connect with others.

We offer a warm relaxing and happy space. Sewing in a creative atmosphere helping you to improve your mental wellbeing.

Sewing has a number of benefits including reducing stress and anxiety. As you focus your attention on your sewing machine and your sewing project, it helps to take you mind off other things.

Sewing helps to improve your mood as you create something to be proud of. You feel more positive to carry on and sew more things. Making gifts for friends and family and for your home.

Studies have shown that sewing also helps to reduce the risk of dementia by keeping your mind active with a creative hobby.

Our sewing groups are weekly and have approximately 8 to 10 people attending. Project Days Workshops have a maximum of 3 people. Sewing for Beginners have a maximum of 6 people attending. Refreshments are provided throughout your stay.

Within our studio you will find a selection of craft and premium cotton fabrics, dressmaking materials, stretch jerseys and haberdashery.

We also design exclusive fabric panels and have small kits such as cosmetic bags all ready for sewing. For Halloween, Christmas and Easter we have lots of themed panels to sew .

We are stockists of Liberty Tana lawn.

Outside of the studio we do our embroidery work

  • Personalising ladies and gentleman’s handkerchiefs.
  • Embroidery commissioned from private individuals.
  • Film and theatre embroidery.
  • Bespoke wedding embroidery supplying dressmakers and wedding planners nationwide.
  • Digitising a logo and embroidering a motif to personalise your items.

Jean Westgarth

Hello I’m Jean.

With over 30 years of experience in pattern drafting sewing and digitizing machine embroidery.

I have sewn most of my life and I started my sewing career dressmaking and embroidering bridal gowns and christening robes. I’ve also sewn lots for myself and my children and now I’m sewing for my grandchildren!

For my home, I’ve upholstered a sofa, chair and foot stool as well as dining chair seats and sewn plenty curtains! I’ve even made a garden parasol!

At our sewing classes we do lots of dressmaking and sew children’s clothing. Cushion covers for the home, table runners and place mats. Covering lampshades which involves no sewing!

I quilt a little too, making oven gloves, tea cosy and bags. In the past I’ve made a memory quilt from my daughters clothing. At the moment I have two quilts to finish!

Our workshops include dressmaking and altering your pattern for clothing to fit you. Making soft furnishings, sewing tote and cosmetic bags and much more.

Please join me at our inspiring studio and let me share my knowledge and passion for sewing with you.