• Tracy is an established Designer and Hand Embroiderer

    Promoting traditional and contemporary embroidery as an art form.

  • Tracy is an experienced Teacher and Tutor

    With a wealth of skills, expertise and creativity in the field of traditional embroidery and contemporary stitched textiles. She has taught locally, nationally and internationally since her freelance career started in 2001.

  • Tracy has a studio in the heart of historic Durham City

    Where she designs, stitches, makes, produces, sells, manages, teaches, promotes, conserves, restores, inspires, and enjoys all kinds of stitched textiles and embroideries.

Welcome to the website of Tracy A Franklin, a leading independent specialist traditional embroiderer.

This website is a show case for sumptuous, exquisite fine embroidery, and innovative contemporary stitched textiles of both Tracy's work, and her many talented students.



Tracy is a freelance embroiderer, designer, artist, with a passion for traditional contemporary embroidery as an art form. Trained at the Royal School of Needlework in traditional embroidery techniques, and London College of Fashion in costume design/making, Tracy now runs her own business, based in her studio in Fowlers Yard by the river, in the heart of Durham City.

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For sale in the studio, there is the whole range of Appleton crewel wools and some tapestry, DMC and Anchor stranded cottons, metal threads for gold work embroidery, including silver and copper, plus fabrics including calico, canvas and linen, and other specialist goods for hand sewing, as well as Tracy's books.

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Workshops are pitched at beginners, intermediate or those wanting to brush up on skills.

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  • I have always enjoyed hand stitching and when I saw the Certificate advertised, I knew it was for me and learnt four new techniques to a 'professional' standard, and have since continued onto the Diploma course. More Testimonials >

    Isobel, RSN Certificate Course

  • With Tracy's insight, experience and support to call upon, I am really amazed and delighted at my progress. More Testimonials >

    Jill, RSN Certificate Course

  • Our Friday classes are a joy to attend, the class is warm and friendly; each of us sharing our experiences. I am looking forward to progressing to Level 3 and beyond. More Testimonials >

    Penny, LEVEL 2 City & Guilds

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From the Blog

A Basic Silk Shading Tutorial . . . .
Wed, 05 Aug 2020

An article in interweave.com . . .
Wed, 09 Jan 2019

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