Workshops Arts Free-Motion Embroidery

Free-Motion Embroidery
Friday 3 May 2024 10:00am - 4:00pm
St Margaret's House
Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Basic sewing machine experience required
Price: £70
Location: Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road

Free-Motion Embroidery

Free-motion embroidery, also known as Free-Machine embroidery, is a useful core skill for Textile Artists, Quilters and Felt-makers. Many of my other creative workshops involve free-motion embroidery so if you’re not sure which one to take, then I recommend this workshop as a starting point. No ‘drawing’ experience is necessary.

Course Description

This workshop will teach you how to use a sewing machine as a creative tool. Whether you want to quilt, create mixed media art, make cards, or embroidery on your clothes, this course will show you a variety of ways to do it.  Free-machine embroidery (or free-hand machine embroidery) can be done on a standard sewing machine and doesn’t need sophisticated equipment. Neither do you need any art or drawing experience.  Find out why Kirsty Allsopp calls this the ‘Crack-cocaine of craft’.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. Winner of the UK Enterprise award for best Sewing Classes 2020 and rated Best Private Sewing Education & Training Provider 2021 by Global Business Insights. This workshop is tutored by Jen Skedd who is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Group Twelve Textile artists. She has exhibited and sold her embroidery work widely.

Who is this aimed at?

Quilters, Would-be textile artists, dressmakers or crafters looking for something a bit different! You must have sewing machine experience and be able to wind bobbins and thread the machine competently without assistance.

What will I learn?

This workshop aims to teach you the basic techniques of free-machine embroidery:

  • setting up the machine
  • guiding the needle to draw with thread
  • how to obtain a variety of patterns and texture effects
  • use of fabric stabilisers
  • the afternoon project will help you practice, to create a small stitched picture.

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are available but you can bring your own if you wish.  Please remember  your power cable/foot control, bobbins, accessories and instruction manual.  You will need to fit a free-motion/darning foot.

Limited number of places so early booking is essential. Book here 
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Location details

St. Margaret’s House – Sixth Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE

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