Set the Town Alight
Tutor: Anne HellyerCourse Code: 1819-03


This is a busy but fun free machine embroidery workshop. Using my hand painted fabrics and free machine embroidery, you will create a beautiful 3D wrap suitable for use with LED string lights or a battery operated tea-light candle. 


This two-day course will begin with an introduction by Anne explaining how she creates her painted fabrics and embellishes them with added paint, stitch, threads and fabric.  Following this you will begin to construct your own street scene, choosing your own colour scheme from a large selection of my hand painted fabrics (or you may wish to bring your own commercially produced fabric).  The techniques and skills learnt can be used to create a huge variety of art works, skills that can be carried forward and developed for your own projects.  There will be time for a question and answer session to give you a chance to refresh yourselves on any of the techniques and design points.

Please bring with you

Hand painted calico – 4 @ 16 x 7.5 cms*
Odd pieces of fabric for doors*
Bondaweb / Heat n Bond or similar. Maximum of 1 metre*
Hand painted calico roofs, path - 2 @ 4 x 30 cms (these can be grey/ brown for a roof and path *
OR 2 @ 4 x 30 cms white felt for snowy roofs and snow drift path*
Lining fabric 30 x 25 cms*
Craft interfacing – 30 x 22 cms*
Painted scrim for plants, bushes etc (optional)*
White organza (optional) 30 x 25cms*
Very narrow white or grey ribbon 1 metre*
*If you are unable to bring these items, they can all be purchased from Anne at a cost of £12.50 for the compete kit, payable in cash during the course.

PLEASE NOTE: All sizes quoted are the minimum sizes required, commercially produced fabrics can be used if you prefer.

You will also need to bring:
Potato or sweet potato
Small sharp vegetable knife
Notebook and pen
Basic sewing kit: tape measure, fabric scissors, pins etc
Small sharp scissors (cutting mat and blade if you prefer)
Sewing Machine Sewing Machine (and user manual) – you will be using free machine technique so will need a darning foot and also a standard straight stitch foot.
Machine threads (minimum of black, white, grey but bring threads in your favourite colours as you will be choosing your own colour scheme
Extension lead

Anne will bring all other materials/equipment needed

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

The tutor will provide all materials, and the pattern and instructions for the design, as a kit, at a cost of £12.50 per student, payable to the tutor in cash during the course.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Anne Hellyer

Anne Hellyer

Anne has always drawn and painted and started stitching at the age of six. After studying creative embroidery with City & Guilds she wanted to develop her own style of working. Taking the disciplines she loves she combined all three: paint, stitch and textiles, to produce her unique art works. She hand paints all the fabric she uses and then adds the finer details with additional paint, finally adding machine stitch embellishment to create individually designed pieces of textile art. She loves teaching, hoping to inspire others to experiment with fabrics and paint - and to bring her work to a wider audience.

4th to 5th May 2019
Saturday to Sunday

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9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session