Art textiles

Machine embroidery – places and journeys with Wendy Dolan

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About this course

Inspired by places and journeys personal to you, combine mixed media techniques to create a unique textile image. Use maps with transfer printing techniques and combine with freehand machine embroidery, layering fabrics and three-dimensional textural effects to express your ideas.

Course Description

Inspired by places and journeys, this course will offer the chance to explore and develop a combination of machine embroidery skills in a creative way. We all have special places and journeys which we would like to remember. Develop a piece of work based on one of these, as you work from the reference material, maps and drawings you bring to the course.

The first evening session will consist of an illustrated slide talk showing how maps places and journeys can be combined in textiles. You will then begin to prepare a sample piece of work.

The use of maps and transfer printing techniques, combined with freehand machine embroidery, layering fabrics, three-dimensional textural effects and other skills, are explored and developed as you create a unique design or piece of art textiles.


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


The cost of providing transfer printing materials, fabric paints and three-dimensional fabric mediums.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring some original photos and maps, photocopies or drawings of your source materials. Bring originals to copy from if you can.
  • Think about a memorable place or journey that you would like to base your main design on and bring along a map of this location. It could be an ordinance survey map or similar. This may be a childhood home, where you were married, a favourite holiday location, your home or a local feature etc. You also have the option of incorporating architectural elements in the design. Think about a colour scheme you might like to use when selecting thread colours.
  • Sewing machine and darning foot, with your machine manual and an extension table if you have one. (If you wish to use a College sewing machine, please email us to reserve one - email:
  • Scissors for paper and fabric
  • Pins/needles
  • Fabrics: Selection of plain, un-dyed fabrics, e.g. cotton, calico, muslin, scrim, linen, slub silk - pre-shrunk and ideally varying in texture and tone
  • Threads: Coloured machine threads according to chosen colour scheme
  • Working overall/shirt
  • Pencil/Paper/Tracing paper

Available to buy

  • Madeira Classic 30 machine embroidery threads (heavy weight)
  • ​Madeira Classic 40 machine embroidery threads (medium weight)
  • Sewing machine needles (90/100)
  • Stitch 'n tear backing fabric
  • Tracing paper/A4 paper for design work
  • Pritt stick glue
  • Additional transfer papers


Wendy Dolan

Wendy Dolan is an experienced textile artist, tutor and lecturer, specialising in freehand machine embroidery. She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and author of Layer, Paint and Stitch.


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

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