10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free-motion embroidery, sometimes called ‘free-machine embroidery’ is a useful textile art skill. It can be used in quilting, card-making, applique and in many other creative textiles techniques. So if you’re wondering where to start with creative textiles, then I recommend you take this workshop and find out why Kirstie Allsopp calls this the ‘crack-cocaine of craft’!
Free-motion embroidery, also known as Free-Machine embroidery, is a useful core skill for Textile Artists, Quilters and Felters. Many of my other creative textiles workshops involve free-motion embroidery so if you’re not sure which one to take, then I recommend this workshop as a starting point. No ‘drawing’ experience is necessary.
This workshop will teach you how to use a sewing machine as a creative tool. Whether you want to quilt, create mixed media art, make cards, or do applique or embroidery on your clothes, this course will show you a variety of ways to do it.
Who is this aimed at?
Quilters, Would-be textile artists, dressmakers or crafters looking for something a bit different! FME can also be used for card-making, to decorate clothing, cushions and bags.
Level: Improvers onwards (Basic sewing machine experience required – you must be able to wind bobbins and thread the machine)
What will I learn?
This workshop aims to teach you the basic techniques of FME. It will also cover some advanced techniques to introduce texture into your work:
- setting up the machine
- guiding the needle to draw with thread
- common free-hand embroidery patterns including useful quilting designs.
- how to obtain a variety of patterns and texture effects using advanced techniques.
- use of fabric stabilisers
- the afternoon project will help you practice, to create a small stitched picture.
All materials and sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own machine. You will need a darning foot suitable for your make and model of machine and I recommend using size 14 or 16 Topstitch needles. Please check that you have your power cable/foot control, bobbins and your instruction manual.
If you’d like to know how you can use free-motion embroidery, then take a look at some of my other creative textiles arts courses.
Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road