Textile Courses and Workshops 2022 

Freemotion Machine Embroidery for Beginners BOOK NOW

x 6 Tuesday Mornings 10 - 1 pm September 13th, 20th, 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th Garden Studio, Storrington 

£240 including materials

Suitable for beginners, or those wishing to refresh their skills, this comprehensive 6 week course will provide a thorough grounding in machine or "freemotion" embroidery. Topics covered include:

 

  • The basics - setting up your machine and experimenting with different types of stitches and patterns. 

  • Machine quilting - Experimenting with patterns, adding areas of depth and definition to your work.

  • Fabric collage  - Making interesting collaged backgrounds and adding in shapes. Using opaque fabrics.

  • Couching threads - Using machine embroidery to couch down threads and create texture.

  • Trapping - Using net to create different effects with trapped threads and objects.

Textile Art: Print and Stitch Fabric Book BOOK NOW   One space left! 

x 6 Thursday Mornings 10 - 1 pm September 15th, 22nd, 29th, October 6th, 13th, 20th Garden Studio, Storrington 

£240 including materials

This fun and innovative course, where the emphasis is on experimentation, will introduce you to a variety of techniques to create your own textures and patterns on fabric. We will be explore a range of techniques, such as fabric weaving and printing, marbling, applique and foiling to create unique surfaces and decoration. Then use collage, hand stitch and embellishment to create your own beautiful fabric book.

Confidence using Colour BOOK NOW

1 day workshop Sunday 6th November 10 - 4 pm Garden Studio, Storrington 

£65 including materials

Do you lack confidence in knowing which colours to use in your work? Do you struggle to choose colours which match or compliment each other? Would you like to know more about tried and tested strategies that can add that extra "zing" to your embroidery or quilting project? Join me on this interesting and informative one day workshop to explore strategies and methods of using colour. Going back to basics, I will explain and demonstrate colour theory - looking at understanding how to successfully use a colour wheel, hue, tone, shades and using accents. We will work on a series of exercises to explore different colour palettes and ways of working, giving you a range of reference samples to take away and inspiring you with some brand new ideas of fabric colour combinations for use in the future. 

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Machine Embroidered Christmas BOOK NOW

x 4 Tuesday Mornings 10 - 1 pm November 15th, 22nd, 29th, December 6th, Garden Studio, Storrington 

£160 including materials

Join me on this fun and friendly course to try out different techniques and materials, using machine embroidery, to make beautiful surfaces and patterns. Experiment with dissolvable fabric, foils, fabric paint and embellishments to create unique cards and decorations to give to your friends or family, or to be kept as heirloom pieces. Experience in free motion embroidery will be useful, but not essential, as we can use the patterns on your sewing machine to create exciting backgrounds.  

Hand stitched gift box BOOK NOW

1 day workshop 10 - 4 pm Sunday 11th December, Garden Studio, Storrington 

£65 including materials

Come along to enjoy a relaxing day of hand stitching. Begin with a unique method of using painted "bondaweb" and foiling to create a beautiful background for your box. Then cut out and construct, using hand stitching and embellishing to make one (or maybe more!) gorgeous small gift boxes for use as presents or to keep small, precious items (such as jewellery) in, or even just as beautiful object in it's own right.  

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Unless otherwise stated, all workshops and courses take place in small, friendly groups (maximum class size of 5 students) in my bespoke garden studio. Be inspired by my relaxing, working studio with views of the garden and lots of my own work and samples for inspiration and reference. Lots of easy parking directly in front of the house and plenty of free tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits!  

 

For further details, any questions, or to book your place, please contact me using the online form, or phone 07884 078172. 

"Had a wonderful 2 days on your vessel making course. Thank you so much for making a "sewing phobe" feel confident to not only have a go, but be successful! Amazing." Penny Sands 

Talks and Workshops for Groups

I am very happy to give talks and lectures to local embroidery and textile groups. Topics include:

 

  • Inspiration from nature: investigating and developing ideas for textile art

  • Using sketchbooks for textile artists 

  • Understanding colour and how it works 

I also deliver workshops to small groups and can tailor these to your requirements. Examples include:

 

  • Sketch books for Textile Artists 

  • Hand stitched Christmas Decoration

  • Hand stitched Fabric Collage

  • Fabric Weaving 

  • Machine embroidered fabric flowers

  • Make a hand stitched gift box

 

For further details or any questions, please contact me using the online form, or phone 07884 078172.