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Cushion Workshop featuring Flowers and Glasses - Tuesday 5th November

CODE: 5th NOVEMBER
  • The Workshop
  • About the Day
  • What to Bring
  • Extra Info
  • Cancellation Policy

On this course you will spend the day in my home in the Staffordshire countryside creating your own cushion inspired by flowers and grasses and measuring 40cm x 40cm (16” x 16”).

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!

The cushion will be an envelope-style opening, either at the front or on the back - see the photo for a sample I created, plus the other photos for lovely images of previous students' work. I will also supply a fibre-filled pad for your finished cushion.

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.

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 read!

Please bring your sewing machine, packed lunch, general sewing kit, sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop. If you want to bring your own design ideas please do so. 

Embroidery hoops are available to purchase when you book your workshop place and will be given out on the day. They are £3.50 each - please select 'Embroidery Hoop' below.

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 footfor 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 don't have a sewing machine, you are welcome to rent one for £10; 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.

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.


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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