Art textiles

Mini pictures in stitches – an introduction to machine embroidery with Linda Miller

Ref: S1D09560

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About this course

Use an inspiring array of sumptuous threads and working with your own sewing machine you will have the opportunity to create your own picture of stitches for a jewellery item or embroidered embellishments.

Course Description

Machine embroidery is a wonderful and exciting medium to use and it can be used and adapted into so many numerous textile projects and crafts ideas.

This one-day machine embroidery workshop is suitable for the novice or more confident stitcher who wishes to try out this wonderful medium.

There is an inspiring array of sumptuous threads to use and try out, in different weights, thicknesses and make-up compounds, working with your own sewing machine you will have the opportunity to create your own picture of stitches, jewellery item or embroidery embellishments on this course.

Explore the numerous techniques and textures created by threads and stitch, not to mention the delight of sewing and working with colour.

We will be embroidering onto a cotton fabric and working with the magical soluble fabric, where all the fabric disappears and only the sumptuous machine embroidery stitch is left.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All essential materials and fabric to stitch will be provided.

What students need to bring

  • Any reference material which inspires you - photographs, drawings, pictures from magazines, greetings
  • cards, postcards and books e.g. of gardens, seaside, patterning etc.
  • A sewing machine, in good working order and with the ability to drop its feed dog teeth.
  • Don't forget spare bobbins, needles and a darning/embroidery foot, for the sewing machine (circle-shaped foot). If you do not have a darning/embroidery foot, you can use spring needles no. 80. You may also borrow a machine from the College but it is essential to reserve one by email in good time.
  • Sewing machine manual/sewing machine accessories (oil, screwdriver, etc.)
  • Size 80 needles
  • Any stitch and tear, stabilising fabric (if you have any)
  • Hand and machine embroidery threads (if you have any)
  • Any thread you have, suitable for the sewing machine

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Machine embroidery threads
  • Pencils/pens and paper
  • Calico (medium/heavyweight)
  • 20 or 25cm (8-10") wooden embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery/sharp scissors
  • Hand embroidery threads

Please note: If you wish to use a College sewing machine, please email to reserve one -

"Linda Miller was a wonderful tutor. She is unbelievably encouraging and patient. I loved learning from her, what a lovely person she is."

Lara, 2019


Linda Miller

Linda Miller graduated from Winchester School of Art in1988, exhibit my machine embroideries and teach throughout Europe and the USA. I have pieces in private and public collections and my book Creative Machine Embroidery was published in 2010. I appeared on TV's channel 4 in Kirstie's Homemade Britain in 2011.

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