CODE: 26th FEB
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!
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 some time practising and then we'll launch into the finished bag design fairly quickly. After lunch you'll make up your finished pieces into a bag.
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.
You can have a read of what previous participants say about the 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, packed lunch, 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!
All workshops take place in my studio or house, 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. My postcode is ST18 9SP and house is 'Pine Ridge'.
Places on each workshop are limited to eight (with the exception of the Fabric Painting and Interpreting a Paper Image in Fabric workshop which are just four students) so that I am able to spend as much time with each workshop participant as possible. If we are a group of four or fewer we'll be in my lovely garden studio; any number between five and eight and we'll be in my newly-renovated house with lots of natural light and space.
You will benefit from tailored, small group tuition and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
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.
A note about the weather: if it snows, making accessibility to the village difficult, we will cancel the workshop and you'll be able to transfer on to any other workshop of your choice during 2019. We'll phone/email you either the night before or first thing if so. If the weather is fine here but you are not able to attend the workshop then the Cancellation Policy will apply.
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. You can also transfer onto a different workshop of your choice at this point.
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. You can then re-book onto a different workshop but no exchanges will be offered this close to the workshop date.
No refunds or exchanges will be given if cancelled 7 days or fewer before the workshop (but you can send a friend in your place instead!).
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