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Cushion Workshop on Tuesday 17th April at the Dorothy Clive Garden

This workshop is being organised by the Dorothy Clive Garden, Staffordshire so you will need to book directly with them here.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday 17th April from 10am - 4pm and costs £60. Click here to visit the Dorothy Clive website to book.

This workshop is suitable for those who have done some sewing but would 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!

You will learn how to create a cushion cover featuring flowers and grasses, like the one in the photos. I will be teaching a variety of techniques that you will be able to use to create your design.

The cushion will be an envelope-style opening - see the photo for a sample I created. I will also supply an 18" fibre-filled pad for your finished cushion.

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!"

What to bring

Please bring your sewing machine, general sewing kit, sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop. 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 let the Dorothy Clive know when you book.

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!

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