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Stitched up Shoes

Meet + Make with Louise Presley
3 February 2024

Make some time for yourself and stitch a pair of personalised trainers with textile artist Louise Presley.

Spend a relaxing day embellishing a pair of trainers using an array of antique and unusual materials. Louise will be on hand to guide you through the whole process, from selecting your fabrics to technical sewing tips. This workshop is an opportunity to think more deeply about how our clothes can make us feel and reflect who we are.

Basic materials and equipment will be provided, but you will need to bring a pair of soft trainers or canvas shoes to personalise. Unsure what shoes to bring? Check our guide.

There is an additional charge if you would like to use antique fabrics from Louise’s collection, which is charged during the session.

Suitable for those with some hand-sewing experience.

Please note, we recommend that you bring a packed lunch. Alternatively you can purchase lunch from Welbeck Farm Shop.

This workshop is part of Meet + Make, a series of public engagement events running alongside our contemporary exhibition Work Life: Life’s Work.

Meet the Tutor

A close up of artist Louise Presley

Louise Presley

Artist and designer, Louise Presley is a gatherer of antique garments, vintage textiles and a rescuer of the random. She makes clothes her own, taking the ordinary and adding her experiences and materials until they feel herself.

In 2003 Louise founded Hope & Elvis, an internationally renowned provider of creative experiences and workshops. She returned to full-time making in 2018 and works from her Harley Foundation Studio on the Welbeck Estate.


Booking Information

Saturday 3 February

10am – 4pm


The workshop cost includes materials and equipment, but you will need to bring your own shoes.


Meet for this workshop in the Harley Gallery.