Play with fabric, relax and sew...
Why not treat yourself or a friend to this one day retreat from the world?
Workshops cost £65 includes all materials, unless stated otherwise. They are held at my studio near Cockermouth, Cumbria from 10am-4pm
To book: just click here contact me and I will send out a booking form with all details of the workshop.
"free your machine, free your mind!"
Creative Free Machine Embroidery
Ability Level: beginnersCome and play with free machine embroidery... it's easier than you think and makes creative stitching 'such fun'! You will need to bring your own sewing machine and know how to use it (this is not a beginners' sewing machine class!) and you will need an embroidery or darning foot, and to be able to cover or lower the feed dogs.
Thurs January 26th, Sat April 1st, Thurs 12th October
NEW for 2017: Make a Fabric Bowl
Ability level: must be able to free machine:
Take a fabric circle, cut it in the magic way and add scraps of fabric and yarns and stitching...and a bowl is slowly created
(this is great for recycling!). All sizes and shapes, and as wacky as your imagination allows!
Sat May 6th, Sat October 14th
Fun with an Embellisher...
Ability Level: all abilitiesYou know, that embellisher (needlefelting machine) in the corner covered in dust...bring it out into the sunshine and learn to create exiting surfaces and fabrics. Needlefelting is just so easy and totally addictive! Bring your own machine if you have one, borrow from a friend...or ask and you may be able to hire one from me (£15 for the day).
Sat March 4th, Thurs May 4th
Create a Landscape
Ability level: all abilities
creating a landscape using a wide variety of fabrics and machine embroidery,
enjoy translating your favourite view or somewhere
which is special to you into a beautiful textile piece. Please bring
along photos of your special place to make it really personal.
Thurs 2nd March, Sat July 15th, Thurs 2nd November
Stitch and Dissolve Magic
Abilities : must be able to free machine
snippets of fabrics
and lots of swirly stitching onto some magic soluble material you will create delicious lacey effects, which can be used to make a bowl or brooch, or lace edging for a piece of embroidery.
Just come and see for yourself! Bring your own threads to play with, I supply all the solubles and a range of fun fabrics.
Thurs March 30th, Thurs 13th July
NEW for 2017: Stitch a Cosy
Ability Level: all abilities
How about a handmade cosy to keep your tea or coffee pot warm and happy...or make as a perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Recycle your old felted wool jumper, add tweed for the back and a snazzy lining.
Create your own unique design on the front and bring your own fabrics to make it truly personal!
Sat 28th January, Sat 4th November
"the best lesson plan yet...be happy and have fun!"
take only 4 people on a workshop so you get plenty of tuition, and I
a wide variety of materials for each workshop, though you are welcome
to bring any fabric or threads you especially want to use.
costs: £65 includes all materials (unless stated otherwise), this
is non-refundable should you cancel within 2 weeks of the workshop,
unless your place can be filled. If I have to cancel a full refund will
be given or an alternative workshop may be booked.
It is essential that you make sure you can thread up and sew with your machine, that it is working beautifully so that you make best use of your day.
It can also be helpful to bring your manual for the machine (if you have one) to refer to if necessary.
Most of the
workshops aim to allow you to explore fabrics and techniques without the
pressure of a finished piece, but most people go home with an item they
are very happy with, perhaps to frame, and plenty of samples! Everyone
works at different speeds so you will take home what you create!
If you wish to do free machining please bring a darning or embroidery foot for your machine. If in doubt just ask me BEFORE the day. I hope you will enjoy your day and go home inspired!