Cushion Workshop on Tuesday 14th August

CODE: 14th AUGUST > OUT OF STOCK IN STOCK

On this course you will spend the day in my lovely garden studio in Staffordshire creating your own cushion inspired by flowers and grasses and measuring 46cm x 46cm (18” x 18”).

This workshop is suitable for those who have done some sewing and would now like to learn how to do free-motion embroidery, and also those who would like to improve their free-motion embroidery skills.

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. 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!

I will be teaching a variety of techniques that you will be able to use to create your design. There will be plenty of design inspiration available for you - I have a library of design ideas all inspired by British wildlife, flowers and grasses.

The cushion will be an envelope-style opening - see the photo for a sample I created. I will also supply a fibre-filled pad for your finished cushion.

About the course

You will spend the morning learning different techniques from my demonstrations, then putting them into practice. After lunch you will make your finished piece.

All fabrics will be supplied but feel free to bring your own thin fabrics for the appliqué if you have a particular colour scheme in mind. Thin fabrics include cottons such as patchwork and quilting fabrics or shirt material.

What previous participants say:

"I enjoyed the atmosphere of the workshop. It was relaxed but so informative"

"The free motion embroidery side I had tried before, with some success, but not a lot of confidence. Watching Jo's demonstration was worth more than all the books I have read about the technique!"

"Myself and three friends attended our first class on Monday and a great day was had by all. Jo was very patient with us and we went home with beautiful cushions. We have already booked our next class., a lamp shade this time. We can't wait."


What to bring

Please bring your sewing machine, general sewing kit, sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop, measuring 7" or 8" in diameter and 1cm deep. If you want to bring your own designs ideas please do so. 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.

If you don't have a sewing machine, you are welcome to rent one for £5.00, please select 'Rent a Sewing Machine' below. Please note I only have 2 spare machines available so it might be an idea to check with everyone else in the group before selecting this option!

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

I have a supply of fabrics, threads and design ideas that you will be welcome to use!

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!

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. 

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