This course is the perfect introduction to learning free machine embroidery. Master the basics, conquer your fears and learn to draw with your sewing machine. By the end of the weekend you will be able to tackle simple projects with confidence.
The course will cover everything you need to know to enable you to get to grips with free machine embroidery. Starting with mastering your machine and its settings, you will go on to learn the basic stitches that will enable you to tackle most machine embroidery projects. We will experiment with different types of fabrics and threads and the variety of effects that can be achieved. Throughout the weekend we will undertake small projects to enable you to not only practise your new skills but also to go home with some finished items. It is the perfect introduction to free motion embroidery for the complete beginner but also suitable for anyone wishing to refresh their skills.
Please bring with you
Sewing machine (please check it is in good working order) with a darning/embroidery foot and all tools and handbook.
Circular embroidery frame (Tutor will have some to borrow)
Machine needles (size 90 or 100)
Selection of machine threads (cottons, rayons, metallics, etc)
Small selection of thicker textured threads, such as those used for hand embroidery
Calico (Approximately ½ m)
Small selection of different types of fabrics eg shiny, metallic, velvet, silk, felt, net, chiffon – these can be small off cuts, scraps etc. A small plastic bag full will be plenty
Couple of small pieces (A4) of coloured fabric
Half a dozen of pieces of cheap craft felt (to be used for backing)
Bondaweb (approx A4)
Sewing kit to include scissors, needles, pins etc
Notebook and pen… to take notes!
Please do not go out and buy large quantities of materials, but bring a selection of what you have. The tutor will bring some materials to share. You may also find it helpful to stick to a limited colour palette.
The following items can be purchased from your tutor
There will be small quantities of required materials to purchase.
Gina also has a DVD covering the basic skills being taught that will be available for £5.
Missenden Abbey Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
Gina is an experienced adult education tutor who specialises in machine embroidery. She regularly exhibits her own work and is a member of Cambridge Open Studios.