Free-machine embroidery has been described by Kirsty Allsopp as ‘the crack cocaine of the crafting world!’ and we have to agree – it is VERY addictive!
Sarah’s workshop will introduce you to this fascinating art form – it can be described as drawing with your sewing machine. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners (no previous sewing experience required) but is also great as an introduction to a different sewing technique for more accomplished machinists or as a refresher for those that have tried free-machine embroidery before.
You will learn how to set up a sewing machine ready for free-machine embroidery and can have fun practising doodling and ‘writing’ onto fabric. Once you have mastered the basics, you will design and create your own framed textile picture using free-machine embroidery & appliqué techniques.
There will be a selection of fabrics available for you to use in your appliqué design, but you are very welcome to bring your own fabric if you prefer.
At the end of the workshop you will be able to set up a sewing machine for free-machine embroidery and have the knowledge to create your own textile art at home.
Information regarding suitable fabrics and threads etc and where to buy them will also be given to you.
You don’t need to bring anything with you as all tools and materials/equipment will be provided. However, please do feel free to bring your own fabric scraps & photos or pictures to provide inspiration for your framed picture.
Sun 10th March 10am – 1pm, Tues 4th June 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Mon 8th Jul 1pm – 4pm, Mon 19th Aug 10am – 1pm
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Silk Painting for Cards & Small Pictures
This 2 hour course is designed for complete beginners to the art of silk painting, it’s also perfect for those with experience who are feeling a little rusty.
We will start by looking at some lovely samples of resist and free form silk painting. Then we will learn how to stretch silk on a frame, how to design an image and then transfer the design to the silk using the traditional “gutta resist” technique.
Once our gutta is dry we will have LOTS of fun painting with our huge selection of colours, we will discuss mixing colours and painting techniques. We’ll also have a go at texturing our work with salt.
You will go home with a range of lovely sample pieces (perfect for card making!) a piece of spare silk and mini frame.
All equipment and full instructions are provided plus beverages and light snacks. This class is suitable for all ages.
On this 3 hour class, students will be introduced to the basic techniques for etching designs onto copper. Students will experiment using permanent markers and permanent ink stamping pads to create textures, patterns, and images on metal.
Students will have the opportunity to make a framed picture and a couple of pieces of jewellery such as a pendant, key chain, earrings, or bracelet.
No previous jewellery experience is necessary and this class is suitable for complete beginners including sensible children.
All materials and use of tools are included in the price of the workshop. We will be using an acid to etch our metal pieces. It is not a highly corrosive material but it will stain, please wear old clothes. Safety goggles, gloves and aprons will be provided.
Hot and cold beverages and light snacks are included.