Thread & Texture - An introduction to machine embroidery

Learn the art of free machine embroidery and discover a lots of new ideas and techniques that you can use - all with a normal sewing machine!

During this one day workshop you'll discover how versatile free machine embroidery is. So whether you’re a quilter, a dressmaker an artist or a designer-maker there is something for you in this course.

By experimenting with a variety of techniques you'll leave inspired to embellish and decorate all your creations and never throw anything away again - small off cuts and scraps are perfect!

Whether you are completely new to machine embroidery or you'd like a refresher and some fresh inspiration, there will be lots of fun things to discover in this workshop.


Running Time

Further information

You will learn

  • How to set the machine up for free machine embroidery including what needles and feet to use
  • How to use a combination of threads including viscose and metallic thread
  • How to decorate a painted design
  • Bonding silk and using a soldering iron
  • How to use thick threads in the bobbin to create a cable stitch effect
  • Trapunto with a twist - using organza and thread to create a 3D effect on the fabric
  • How to create merino wool roses
  • How to problem solve and trouble shoot should you experience any issues when trying the techniques at home

Skill level

Level 2

What's included

  • All materials, threads and embellishments
  • Use of sewing machines, feet and sewing tools and equipment
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch of visit one of the lovely local cafes)
  • A special 15% off voucher for lunch at local cafe, Damascena, for use on the day
  • You will leave with several samples of the different techniques learned during the day which you can use for inspiration and reference when creating your own designs at home

You will need to bring

Everything is included in this workshop but if you have any special fabrics or threads you'd like to incorporate into your work, then please feel free to bring them along.

Your tutor

Claire Muir

After three years at Bishop Otter College, Chichester, Claire received a First Class Honours degree in Art and Related Arts, giving her the opportunity for a further year's postgraduate study in the Textiles Department of Glasgow school of art.

Subsequent employment as a designer of headdresses and accessories for Stageworks Worldwide Productions enabled her to experiment with and to evaluate the potential of a wide range of techniques and materials. The experience and knowledge she amassed during this period she has since developed further as displayed in her current creations.

Claire exhibits her work and demonstrates her skills at exhibitions countrywide. She has written articles for Workshop on the Web, Stitch Magazine and Sewing World Magazine

Claire is also a regular tutor at the prestigious Denman Womens Institute College in Oxford.

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