Bag Making and Free Motion Embroidery Workshop on Tuesday 13th November

CODE: 13th NOV > OUT OF STOCK IN STOCK

On this course you will spend the day in my garden studio in the Staffordshire countryside creating a unique cosmetic bag, decorated using appliqué and free motion embroidery.

This workshop is an intermediate workshop and is suitable for those who have already done some sewing, and who also have free-motion embroidery experience - for example you may have attended my Flowers and Grasses or Garden Birds workshop and now feel fairly confident with this technique. 

By the end of the day you will have created a lined, zipped cosmetic bag featuring a design of your choice that you can then use for cosmetics, pens and pencils or anything you fancy!

About the course

You will be making the bag in the photograph with flowers on the front and a sweet little bee on the reverse. There will be plenty of inspiration available for you if you prefer to do something different - I have a library of design ideas all inspired by British wildlife. Use my unique hand drawn templates to create your unique bag design. I'll be on hand to guide you through the design process and to offer suggestions for colours, design and placement.

If you would like to bring your own design ideas, please do so!

You will spend the morning learning different techniques from my demonstrations, then putting them into practice. After lunch you will make your finished piece to take home at the end of the day. 

You'll learn how to line the bag, insert a zip (experience of inserting a zip is useful but not essential as I'll teach you my technique anyway), create your own personalised hand-stitched label and how to create a professional look for your cosmetic bag.

This is a BRAND NEW workshop that I'm offering for the first time; you can have a read of what previous participants say about other workshops here:

"The Jo Hill workshop is a fantastic experience she explains how to achieve a beautiful piece of work from start to finish, anyone who has an interest in appliqué and free machine work whether looking for improving or novice this is the perfect workshop."

"Friendly atmosphere, clear instruction and encouragement from Jo. I felt filled with confidence, and as a result produced something I was surprised I was so pleased with!"

"I spent a day at Jo Hill's Garden Birds workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was the least experienced sewer there and was extremely pleased with my efforts. Thank you Jo."


What to bring - please read!

Please bring your sewing machine, general sewing kit, sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop measuring 7" or 8" in diameter and 1cm deep.  Embroidery hoops will be available to purchase at the workshop (subject to availability) at £3.50 each.

You will also need to have a sewing machine where the feed dogs can be lowered to enable free-motion stitching, as well as a darning/embroidery foot for your machine, and a zipper foot too.

All fabrics and components will be supplied but feel free to bring your own thin fabrics if you have a particular colour scheme in mind. Thin fabrics include cottons such as patchwork and quilting fabrics or shirt material. If you want to bring your own design ideas please do so.

If you don't have a sewing machine, you are welcome to rent one for £5.00, please select 'Rent a Sewing Machine' below.

A general sewing kit comprises spare bobbins, spare needles (machine and hand sewing), threads, small scissors for cutting thread, pins and a tape measure.

This workshop will run from 10am until 4pm so please also bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks and cake will be supplied throughout the day! 

Extra info

Workshop students are also entitled to 10% off any item of printed homewares (cushions, cards, lampshades, bags, coasters, placemats and chopping boards) purchased on the day of the workshop.

Places on the workshop are refundable in full less a 10% PayPal admin fee, if cancelled up to one month before the date of the workshop. If you need to cancel after that, you may do so up to 7 days before the date of the workshop at which point a full refund (less 10%) can be given in the event that I am able to sell the place. No refunds will be given if cancelled 7 days or fewer before the workshop. 

Free motion embroidery is an exciting technique where you are able to 'draw' with the sewing machine by lowering the feed dogs and moving the fabric around under the needle. It is also known as freehand sewing and thread painting. This is a technique that I have really refined over the years and I use it in all my textile pieces. I have a lot of experience in free-motion embroidery and you will learn how to use the sewing machine to its full potential - you'll be amazed at the results!

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