SSW Beat the January Blues: Embroidery Workshop

22 January 2024, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Animated image of knitting yarn and needles

Take time out and learn how to embroider

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students






Student Support and Wellbeing


Room 728
Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

'Beat the January Blues', organised by Student Support and Wellbeing, is a series of events in Term 2 (Monday 22nd - Wednesday 31st January 2024) where you can gather, giggle, get outside and meet others. Our activities will boost your mood and help you forget about the winter weather. Be sure to book your spot at these events and activities!

About the embroidery workshop

Unleash your creativity with the embroidery kits provided by Student Support and Wellbeing! Join us for a delightful embroidery session where you can craft your personalized masterpiece. Dive into the world of needle and thread by following one of our pre-made patterns, or if you're an embroidery pro, feel free to create your own unique design. All embroidery hoops must be returned at the end of the session before you leave with your beautifully embroidered keepsake.

To secure your spot and make the most of this artistic endeavour, we encourage you to book in advance. The session runs from 6pm to 8pm, and we estimate that each embroidery square will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Complete beginners as well as pros are very welcome! 

Benefits of embroidery

Hand embroidery is a manual and creative skill practised, preserved, and passed for centuries, from one generation to another, and it has excellent benefits for our mental health:

Alleviate Stress: The act of embroidery can release of neurotransmitters that promote joy and well-being, while also reducing stress hormones.

Reduce Anxiety: Taking time to looking at and appreciate a pleasing piece of embroidery, or any visual art, can help manage and reduce anxiety.

Lower blood pressure and a decrease in heart rate: A study conducted by the Home Sewing Association found that people doing cross-stitch enjoyed these exact physiological changes.

Be mindful: Embroidery can help us engage in mindfulness, keeping us in the present moment, silencing the parts of the brain implicated in generating negative emotions.

Build confidence: Completed embroidery projects can generate feelings of accomplishment, helping build self-confidence.

Express yourself: While some people sing and others dance. Embroiderers can express themselves through embroidery

Other Student Support and Wellbeing events

Find out what else is happening during Student Support and Wellbeing's ‘Beat the January Blues’ campaign here. Our wide range of Events and Activities throughout the academic year help you maintain your physical, emotional and mental health. Student Support and Wellbeing strive to give all UCL students the chance to try something new, make friends and develop wellbeing skills for university and beyond. We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Build your SSW

Student Support and Wellbeing curate termly campaigns to support the three core aspects of your own SSW: Social bonding, Skills for life and Wellbeing at university. Each activity aims to develop one, two, or all three of these aspects.

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