This course will give you an opportunity to explore and develop freehand machine embroidery techniques. After gaining an understanding of how to set up your machine and ‘draw’ with your thread, you will be encouraged to adjust the tension settings on your machine to create a variety of effects, using whip stitch and cable stitch. Fabrics will be layered, and worked into, creating exciting textured samples which can be mounted up as small pictures, cushion cover panels, or greetings cards.
After demonstrations of the techniques you will develop your own skills, 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.
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.
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)
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.