Art textiles

Machine embroidery inspired by Antoni Gaudi with Wendy Dolan

Ref: SLW09327

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About this course

Develop your freehand machine embroidery inspired by the artwork of Antoni Gaudi. Layer plain natural fabrics, to work into with paint and stitch to create a textured embroidery.

Course Description

Develop your freehand machine embroidery inspired by the artwork of Antoni Gaudi. Layer plain natural fabrics, to work into with paint and stitch to create a textured embroidery.

Inspired by the work of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, this course will offer the chance to explore and develop a combination of skills in a creative way. Plain natural fabrics will be pieced, patched and layered and then worked into with paint and freehand machine stitching, to create a stitched and textured picture inspired by Gaudi. You will develop skills in freehand machine embroidery, applied fabrics and fabric painting. Ideally you will know how to use a sewing machine.

The course will begin with a talk about Gaudi's work, then you will begin to prepare a sample piece of work. After demonstrations of the techniques, you will be encouraged to develop individual designs, with guidance and encouragement from the tutor. Group reviews will be held during and at the end of the course so that ideas can be shared and discussed.


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 course fee includes the cost of general materials supplied by the tutor for the use of the group.

What students need to bring

  • Prepare visual resources - look at the work of Gaudi, in particular at the shapes he uses in his architecture and his use of mosaics. Think about one or two colour schemes when selecting threads and yarns.
  • Sewing machine and darning foot, with your machine manual and an extension table if you have one. (Sewing machines may be borrowed at the College - please email to reserve one, or let us know if you are bringing your own machine)
  • 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: Machine threads according to chosen colour scheme
  • Working overall/shirt
  • Pencil/Paper

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Madeira machine embroidery threads (30 weight)
  • Sewing machine needles (90/100)
  • Tracing paper
  • Coloured papers (for collage design work)
  • A4 paper for design work
  • Pritt stick glue
  • Pencils
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will have the following available for purchase if needed:
  • Calico - pre-shrunk
  • Madeira machine embroidery threads (40 weight)
  • Textured fabrics in cream/white (cotton, silk, linen etc)
  • White cotton machine thread
  • Scrim fabric
  • Stitch 'n tear backing fabric/Bondaweb/transfer adhesive


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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