Machine embroidery for beginners

This is one of my favourite workshops! 

Machine embroidery is a fun and addictive way to get creative with the humble domestic sewing machine. In this workshop you will be shown how to safely set up your machine to liberate it from the constraints of practical sewing so you can truly express yourself.

Start by experimenting with stitches and threads before adding scraps into the mix to create designs and pictures.

Use scraps of fabrics and other textile items to create a scene suitable for wall hanging cushion cover or anything else you can imagine. As the title suggests you will use the creative process of machine embroidery to attach small pieces of “stuff” to a background to make up a scene. Bring in stuff from your own stash to really make it unique.

You will be given a choice of elements to include and vary the position of them so you can truly make it your own.

If you don’t have a machine that can do free-hand embroidery then we can loan you one for the day to see if you enjoy the technique.


The day runs from 10 am until 4pm and costs £45.00

Tea, coffee and sparkling water are provided. You will need to bring a packed lunch and the following

A machine that can do free-motion machine embroidery and the power supply and handbook (if you have it)  Otherwise we have plenty here for you to borrow if necessary, just get in touch. (you don’t need prior experience at this as we can set it all up for you) 

A basic sewing kit of large and small scissors, pins, etc.

A wide variety of scraps and remnants of fabrics in different weights such as chiffon, organza, satin, polyester dress fabric, ribbons, scraps of lace, etc.

Bondaweb if you have any otherwise there will be some to buy on the day if you can’t source any.

You will also need a larger piece of plain, natural fabric such as calico, cotton or linen to act as a  background, approx A3 size.

Notebook and pen (optional)

Camera (optional but we find its useful to take pictures of your work in progress to remind you of the process when repeating it later at home.)

As with all our courses please do not buy any materials or tools, attachments etc until you have received confirmation that the course is running.