Free Motion Embroidery Workshop on Wednesday 27th March - specialising in garden birds


On this course you will spend the day in my home in the Staffordshire countryside creating a unique textile piece featuring a garden bird.

This workshop is suitable for those who have already done a little bit of free-motion embroidery and would now like to improve their free-motion embroidery skills. If you are a complete beginner to this exciting technique, I would recommend my Flowers and Grasses Workshop to begin with.

I will be teaching a variety of techniques that you will be able to use to create your design. There will be plenty of inspiration available for you - I have a library of design ideas all inspired by British wildlife. Use my unique hand drawn templates to create your textile design.

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!

About the course

During this workshop you will make a textile piece featuring a garden bird which could include a robin, blackbird, nuthatch, wren, great tit, long tailed tit or finch. You'll also learn the techniques for creating leaves and branches, using fabric and thread.

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. 

See the photos for examples of lovely work from previous workshop participants, plus examples of garden birds from my handmade collection.

What previous participants say:

"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.

All fabrics 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.

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! 

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. 

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