Funky Faces in Stitch
Tutor: Gina FerrariCourse Code: 3422-06


So, you think you can't draw? Come and join me to make an original portrait which we will convert into stitch in a variety of ways and discover what fun drawing portraits can be.


You might not make a ‘good’ drawing but it will be quirky, free, fun and full of life. We will start using ‘blind drawing” techniques, before adding colour and then turning them into funky colourful embroideries using mostly free motion embroidery.  This course is suitable for all levels of experience as full instruction will be given. You will need your own sewing machine and be able to lower the feed dogs.

Please bring with you

A sketchbook or supply of cartridge paper for drawing (at least a dozen sheets minimum size A4)
Pencils for drawing
Black fine liner pen. If you don’t have one you can use a biro
Colouring media – this can be coloured pencils, crayons, felt tip pens or watercolour paints – just bring what you have. If using paints, please bring suitable brushes and water jars etc.
Paper scissors, glue stick and images of flowers from magazines (optional)
Sewing machine with tools and instructions plus an embroidery foot for free machine embroidery (you must be able to lower the feed dogs on your machine)
Size 90 universal machine needles
Black sewing thread
A piece of stiff calico or artist canvas, large enough for a finished portrait (about A3 size)
A couple of pieces of black and white felt.
Medium/heavy weight Lutradur (this will be available to purchase from tutor)
A selection of colourful rayon threads
A small selection of colourful cotton fabrics – just a small bag of small pieces, plain and patterned. Patchwork type fabrics are ideal.
A small wooden embroidery hoop about 5”-6” (optional)


The following items can be purchased from your tutor



Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Gina Ferrari

Gina Ferrari

Gina Ferrari is a mixed media artist and tutor with over twenty years’ experience teaching in adult education. She has specialised in machine embroidery but has also taught fabric printing and dyeing, felt making, bookmaking, embroidery and painting amongst other things. She regularly exhibits her own work and is a member of Cambridge Open Studios.

22nd to 23rd Aug 2022
Monday to Tuesday

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9.15amStudents arrive (coffee available)
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Tutor excellent.  Lots of demonstrations and individual attention.  Food lovely, room immaculate - really enjoyed it, thank you" (March 2019)

"Enjoyable course with some new techniques, very good tutor." (March 2019)

"Brilliant course, really enjoyed it." (March 2019)

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