Machine stitched textiles – meadow landscapes with Wendy Dolan

Art textiles

Ref: SLW11736

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About this course

Interpret a summer meadow image while working with creative textile techniques. Fabrics are patched, layered and textured, then embellished with paint and machine stitch, as you develop a unique design.

Course Description

Interpret a summer meadow image while working with a combination of creative textile techniques. Fabrics are patched, layered and textured, then embellished with paint and machine stitch, as you develop a unique design.

This course offers the chance to develop a combination of textile skills in a creative way. Applied fabrics, fabric painting, and free hand machine embroidery are all combined to create textured surfaces. Fabrics will be pieced, patched, layered and textured, then worked into with paint and machine embroidery as you interpret a summer meadow image in textiles.

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.

In the first evening session the tutor will give an illustrated talk to show her own use of textures in stitched textiles to represent flowers, landscape and natural forms. Design sources will be discussed to inspire your own course work and you will begin preparing fabric samples.


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 until 9pm, 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 fabric paints, Xpandaprint and horticultural fleece supplied by the tutor for use amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Your sewing machine: with a darning foot if you have one and your extension table (if you wish to use a College sewing machine, please email to reserve one)
  • Fabrics: Small selection of plain, un-dyed, natural fabrics, e.g. cotton, calico, muslin, scrim, linen, silk, ideally varying in texture and tone. These should be pre-washed.
  • Flower haberdashery trims, lace or Broderie Anglais (small amounts)
  • Threads: White cotton machine thread. Coloured machine threads according to chosen colour scheme.
  • Scissors, pins/needles, pencil/paper
  • Overall/shirt

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Madeira 30 machine embroidery threads
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Available from tutor:
  • Calico – pre-shrunk
  • White cotton machine thread, Madeira machine embroidery threads
  • Textured fabrics, scrim fabric
  • Stitch 'n Tear (fabric stabiliser)
  • Flower trims
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


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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