Art textiles

Pictures in free machine embroidery with Linda Miller

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About this course

Develop machine embroidery skills and make a picture or stitched piece. Working from your own reference material, explore the numerous techniques and textures that can be created with colour, threads and stitch.

Course Description

Demystify the art of free machine embroidery in this course, as the tutor will guide you through all aspects of creating a design, placing imagery, incorporating a background and a foreground into your design and how to finish and present your work to its full and deserved potential.

You will learn how to use a sumptuous array of machine embroidery threads in a variety of colours an thicknesses and work, ideally with your own sewing machine (though you may also opt to use a College sewing machine) to translate your original designs into a picture of stitches, jewellery item or embroidery piece.

Working at your own pace each student will gain further knowledge and confidence in learning ad developing numerous free machine embroidery techniques and textures created by threads and stitch, not to mention the delight of sewing and working with colour in this inspiring medium.

The workshop is designed for both the novice and more experienced stitcher.

The tutor will demonstrate machine embroidery before you begin work on individual projects on a subject theme of your own choice


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Bring along a design, drawing or reference material that you wish to work from. Themes can range from gardens, seashore and landscape.
  • 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. Students may also borrow a machine from the College, see note below.
  • Sewing machine manual/sewing machine accessories (oil, screwdriver, etc.)
  • Size 80 needles
  • Hand embroidery threads (if you have any)
  • Any thread you have, suitable for the sewing machine

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Machine embroidery threads
  • Machine needles - a limited selection
  • Pencils/pens and paper
  • Calico (medium/heavyweight) 0.5 metre will be plenty
  • 20 or 25cm (8-10") wooden embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery/sharp scissors
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will bring a selection of threads, calico and accessories that the students are welcome to use, at a small cost.

Please note: Students may also borrow a machine from the College, please email to reserve one -

"The quality of the course was superb. The tutor was inspiring, creative, patient and very methodical and thorourgh in her teaching. I felt I gained a lot from the course and will definitely be carrying on with my new skills. I absolutely loved it!!"

Deborah, 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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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