Pictures in Free Machine Embroidery


2 Day Workshop

Sat, 13th June, 2020 to Sun, 14th June, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Come along with your sewing machine and join me in sewing up the mysteries of free Machine Embroidery. Bring along a drawing, picture or a photograph that inspires you and working with your sewing machine and using a sumptuous array of threads in a variety of colours and thickness you will learn how to translate your original design into your very own picture of stitches. Each student will be guided through all aspects of creating a design, placing imagery, incorporating a background and a fore ground into their design and how to finish and present the embroidery to its full and deserved potential. The workshop is inclusive for all and everyone works at their own pace, whether you are new to machine embroidery or a more confident stitcher all have the opportunity to explore the numerous techniques and textures created by threads and stitch, enjoy the delight of sewing and working with colour to create your very own pictures in free machine embroidery.

Linda Miller BA Hons. Has been a professional embroiderer since she graduated from Winchester school of art in 1988. Her work is successfully exhibited throughout the UK Europe and the USA.

She has pieces held in public and private collections such as those of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Arts Council South East. Her book entitled “Creative Machine Embroidery” was published by A&C Black and she has appeared alongside Jo on Kirsty Allsop’s television program “Kirsty’s Handmade Britain” Linda regularly holds workshops and gives visual talks and lectures for adults, children and community groups; she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for textiles and her love for machine embroidery.

 Students requirements

An Electric sewing machine, in good working order which can drop the dog feed teeth or has a plate that fits over the teeth. Your sewing machine manual.

Sewing machine accessories (oil, screwdriver, etc.)

A darning foot/machine embroidery foot.

Size 80 sewing machine needles and hand sewing needles.

Calico, medium/ heavy weight. (Approx. 50cm/half a yard)   

Notebook and pen, pencil, paper, ruler.

8”/20cm wooden embroidery hoop.

Embroidery/sharp scissors.

Any threads you have, machine embroidery thread or ordinary dress making thread.

All bobbin spools that are compatible with your sewing machine.

Any hand embroidery threads you have.

Stitch and Tear- stabilising fabric.

Reference materials such as: pictures, drawings, books, photographs, patterning- visual material that interests you.

Please make sure that your electrical equipment (sewing machine, table sewing light) has been recently    PAT tested.

Please remember It is very important that your sewing machine is in good working order and that the feed dog teeth can be dropped, or that a plate can be fitted over the teeth and that you have a free motion machine embroidery foot/darning foot that is compatible with your sewing machine.

Please bring all your sewing machine tools and the sewing machine manual.

Please bring as much as you can from the equipment list, if however you do not have any of the list, I always bring everything with me, (except sewing machines and sewing machine feet) and items can be purchased from me at a small cost.

The Cowslip shop has an extensive range of fabrics and a good range of threads.