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The Studio

Based in the heart of historic Durham City, by the banks of the River Wear, Fowlers Yard is where the artisans of Durham City reside working creatively within their studios.


Studio 3 is the base of Tracy A Franklin. Since August 2003, Tracy has occupied this creative space where she designs, stitches, makes, produces, sells, manages, teaches, promotes, conserves, restores, inspires, and enjoys all kinds of stitched textiles and embroideries.

Tracy has collected, sourced been inspired by so many things throughout her life and during her career, which is reflected in her studio, with the colourful pigeon hole wall of wool, her many books on techniques, design and inspiration, and her collections of old and new products.


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.

Opening times

Times can vary, so it is always best to check, otherwise the studio is open most of the time from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Getting to Fowlers Yard

Map - DH1 3RA

By road/parking - The nearest car parks are the Sands and Walkergate. For more information please visit Durham City car parks.

Park and ride - Visit Durham Park and Ride for route and bus stop information.

By bus and train - Durham is well served by both buses and trains from local, regional and national destinations. Fowlers Yard is approximately a 10 to 15 minute walk from the train/bus stations. Taxis are available from the station. For further information visit Directions to Durham.

Walking - From Silver Street, take the steps down between the Superdry Store and Triple S. Alternatively, enter the indoor market from the market square, and towards the back of the market are more stairs and a lift.

Access information - In keeping with its heritage, Fowlers Yard is situated on a flagstone street in central Durham. The workshop inside does have steps leading to a mezzanine floor, however the ground floor of Tracy's workshop is accessible for wheel chair users, those using shop mobility and pushing prams.

Accommodation in Durham - Visit Accommodation.

Fowlers Yard website -

Upcoming classes

Come and join us at the studio or online - we can teach you specific skills or give you a general overview of techniques.

Thu 25th Apr 2024
Cost: £140.00
Sold out
Contemporary Whitework taught over 2 days in April and May.
Tue 30th Apr 2024
Cost: £45
Sold out
Couching findings, metal threads and wires
Tue 7th May 2024
Cost: £70
Sold out
An opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary hand embroidery in Tracy’s studio in Fowlers Yard, Durham City.

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