Fancy having a go at creating your own unique textile piece inspired by British wildlife? Now is your chance to reap what you sew!
You'll learn the exciting technique of free-motion embroidery on a day's creative workshop with me, in my lovely garden studio in the Staffordshire countryside. I run a programme of workshops throughout the year which includes an introduction to free-motion embroidery, lampshade making plus many others.
Places on each workshop are limited to four so that I am able to spend as much time with each workshop participant as possible. You will benefit from tailored, small group tuition and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
All workshops take place in my purpose-built studio in the countryside in Whitgreave, just outside of Stafford (a five minute drive from Junction 14 of the M6) and run from 10.00am until 4.00pm.
I have worked in the textile design industry all my life, since graduating from a Textile Design degree at university 30 years ago and have several years' experience of teaching textiles to a wide range of ages. My qualifications include City and Guilds in Interior Design, plus professional teaching qualifications.
I taught Soft Furnishings at Stafford College for many years, and my professional making practice gives me the opportunity to practise and refine a huge range of textile techniques which I am then able to pass on to my workshop participants.
Please read on for more information, or to see the latest workshops available, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
I spend most of the week stitching away in my cosy studio, but I also love to meet like-minded creative people to share my passion for sewing with. I find that teaching provides a way for me to be creative in a different way, and it is so rewarding to help students produce a beautiful range of hand-crafted textile pieces to take home.
The creative programme of workshops includes free-motion embroidery, cushion making, lampshade making, bag or purse making and fabric dyeing. I love coming up with ideas for new workshops so that there's always something for everyone! Additionally, if you have a great idea for a workshop that you'd like to have a go at, then please share your ideas with me and they may well become a reality!
Beginners and more experienced stitchers alike are welcome. You will learn tips and tricks to improve your sewing as I demonstrate the techniques that you will need. And the best part is you'll have a finished product to take home at the end of the day!
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Here are some lovely comments from previous workshop participants:
"I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, clear instruction and the encouragement from Jo. I felt filled with confidence, and as a result produced something I was surprised I was so pleased with."
"A friendly supportive workshop with an end product to be proud of."
"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!"
"I enjoyed learning different sewing skills that I have never tried before, and which I want to practise again, in particular the 'free sewing' on the lampshades."
"I liked the fact that it was very informal, and it didn't matter that I was a complete beginner. It was a really fun day."
If you are travelling and need somewhere to stay, here's a handy list of B and Bs/hotels in the area.
Workshop Gift Vouchers are also available.
I am often asked if I can put on workshops for groups such as sewing groups and Embroiderers' Guilds, to which the answer is yes, definitely. If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com for further information and to book.