This is a long awaited ONLINE workshop covering my current passion for embroidery, stitch and cloth. I started sewing at 11 years old, my Gran taught me on her old treadle Singer machine: I remember making a rather complicated vogue pattern for a pair of pin-striped shorts – that was probably the first and last time I followed a pattern! Form there on I made my own patterns, made my own clothes, and stitched my way to Goldsmiths College for a degree in Embroidery.
During this ONLINE workshop we are going to start with some real basics: I believe its important to get everybody standing correctly, walking well and then we can warm up to a sprint [ie. make sure you machine is order, have a good straight stitch and use it well, explore free machine embroidery and all it has to offer].
– Good machine maintenance.
– Straight stitch/walking well – those who follow my monthly newsletter ramblings know I love a good walk and I feel that straight stitch is often over looked on the way to free machining – I’d like to show you just how much it has to offer! There are nuggets of knowledge to be gleaned in every direction! I shall make reference to New Grounds : a body of work from a few years ago that heavily utilised straight stitch to created pleated and constructed surfaces
– Free machine embroidery – starting with some warm up stretches using appliqué we gradually speed up and start to paint with thread. There will be plenty of information on thread types, needles and techniques – this isn’t a design based workshop: its purely about techniques…you can then incorporate them into your own practice.
– Finishing and mounting techniques…you will have to decide when a piece has been worked sufficiently to be ready for mounting…but I shall give you collection of alternatives for presenting your work.
I am not interested in a workshop where you all make the same things and I’m definitely not interested in a workshop where you copy my work [if you need them there will be basic designs to help you along the way] – as a tutor I am keen to help you develop your own working methodologies and in this workshop I will show you stitch techniques that can help you realise your creative potential….but please be aware this is not an overnight process!!
This is a 3 week workshop: all the content will be delivered over the first 2 weeks with the 3rd week available as a ‘catch up’. In all there will be 10 videos with accompanying notes to guide you through. As with all my ONLINE workshops there will also be a supportive and interactive online classroom [aka private Facebook group] : I shall drop in on a daily basis to offer advice and assistance.
This workshop brings together all the information and more from my Manipulating Fabric, Appliqué and FME, Painting with Thread and FME with Dissolvable workshops…usually 5 days of classroom based work at £70 per day [plus travel] would normally equate to upwards of £350….here you get 21 days of workshops for a bargain price!!
…. make sure your sewing machine is in good working order!!
I hope you will join me 🙂