Rags to riches. Learn two different techniques to create gorgeous and unique embroidered fabrics.

Rags to Riches - image shows am embroidered fabric made from scraps


Improvers. Basic sewing machine experience required.

When can I book?

20/03/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm costing:£60.00

Course description

Rags to riches is a real stash-busting workshop. Find out how to use up all those fabric scraps and make them into unique new fabrics. Bring any pieces of fabrics and trims you have; the glitzier, the better.

We will:
• repurpose old clothing, household textiles, and scraps of trimmings,
• use the utility stitches of a basic sewing machine for decorative effects
• learn how to use metallic transfer foils to add a bit of bling.
• use free-motion embroidery to make a gorgeous quilted fabric
• gain ideas how you can use your new fabrics as cushion panels, evening bags, book covers or even for clothing.

The fabrics also make lovely cards, jewellery or to cover gift boxes.  If you have any scraps of fabrics, ribbons, trims, or old clothes you’d like to use, then please bring them along. Small colourful print patterns work well, as do satins, velvets, lace and brocade to add a touch of luxury. These techniques are perfect for creating a 'memory quilt' or a 'memory cushion' so you could bring along old clothing from your children or another family member. Or Grandma's old household linens?

Who is this aimed at?

Improvers. Anyone who can use a sewing machine.  No previous embroidery or art experience is required.

What will I learn?

Rags to Riches is a 'techniques'-based workshop. You will learn two different ways to make new fabrics.  I'll show you examples of items I've made using these fabrics but we won't actually be making a finished item on the day.  If you’d like to learn how to make either a cushion or an evening bag with your new fabric, then why not take the ‘Scrappy Cushion’ or ‘Rags to Bags’ workshop instead?

Free-Motion embroidery is required for the second technique. If you've not tried this before, then you may want to take the Free-Motion Embroidery workshop first?

Course arrangements

Materials and equipment are provided, included sewing machines. But if you've got a bag of fabric offcuts and trims, then please bring them.

If you'd prefer to use your own sewing machine, then please remember the power cable/foot control, instruction manual, and accessories. You don't need to have a 'fancy' machine.  Interesting and varied effects can be achieved by using basic utility stitches. Free-Motion embroidery is required for the second technique so you will also need a darning foot.

There will be a lunch break during the day.

I recommend Pembertons, the specialist sewing machine dealer for sewing machine servicing, repairs and accessories.

If you are interested in textile or embroidery work, then you are invited to come along to the Edinburgh branch of Embroiderers Guild meetings. We are a friendly and lively bunch of people who get together regularly to share common interests and chat, and run creative workshops.