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An introductory one day course to learn the basics of free motion machine embroidery.

What will you learn on this course?

Students will learn how to:

  • Understand and set up the sewing machine for embroidery
  • Learn the basics to enable them to draw, doodle and write using thread to create lines, dots, swirls, circles text and more
  • Experiment using different fabrics, including dissolvable plastic
  • Build layers to create beautiful surface decoration
  • Create interesting machine cords
  • Learn how to decorate and embellish applique work

Learn to create small pieces of machine embroidery that can be embellished with surface decoration and turned into your individual project to be finished at home, if necessary; for example a brooch or decoration for book cover, bag or greeting cards.

After lunch, continue to develop your skills to turn your designs into beautiful pieces, or alternatively, follow instructions to create a small pair of machine embroidered fairy or elf shoes. These 3D shoes of approx. 8cm long will make a special bespoke gift to celebrate a birth, wedding, christening, 21st birthday etc. That’s if you can bear to give them away! 

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to Beginner and Improver Level.  

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. Students can be accompanied by a carer or Support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

This course involves use of sewing machines, working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials will be supplied but you may wish to bring a notebook. Useful to bring a sketchbook, pen and a few simple ideas for your designs, for instance a picture of a bird, photograph of a garden, magazine cutting of your favourite colour scheme. 

If students have a colour scheme in mind or an occasion, then bring along any samples of fabric, threads and fibres-for instance a snippet of colour or fabric of a bride or bridesmaid's dress, a few centimetres of blue gingham, threads or buttons of your favourite colour.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. 

Who teaches this course?

Helen Lane

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