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Free Motion Embroidery Workshop on Tuesday 20th october - specialising in winter seed heads

CODE: 20th OCTOBER
  • The Workshop
  • About the Day
  • What to Bring
  • Further Information
  • Cancellation Policy

On this course you will spend the day in my home in the Staffordshire countryside creating your own textile piece featuring winter, grasses and seed heads.

This workshop is the perfect introduction to free motion embroidery and if you are a complete beginner I'd recommend doing this workshop first, and then progressing onto the other courses. Other ability levels are also welcome, of course!

If you'd like to learn how I create my winter seed heads and glorious berries, this workshop is for you! You'll learn a variety of techniques to create your finished textile piece. There will be plenty of inspiration available for you - I have a library of design ideas all inspired by British wildlife, as well as my own unique hand-drawn designs. 

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!


You will spend the morning learning different techniques from my demonstrations, then putting them into practice. After lunch you will make your finished piece. 

See the photos for examples of lovely work from previous workshop participants, plus examples of flowers and grasses from my handmade collection.

What previous participants say:

"I absolutely loved this course. Jo is a talented and imaginative artist. Her excellent tutoring meant that the instructions were clear and set at a good pace. She didn’t intrude but was always available to help. Would thoroughly recommend a course with Jo. "

"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!"

What to bring - please read!

Please bring your sewing machine, packed lunch, snacks and drinks, general sewing kit, sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop. If you want to bring your own design 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 £10; please select 'Rent a Sewing Machine' below.

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.

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.

A general sewing kit comprises spare bobbins, spare needles (machine and hand sewing), threads, small scissors for cutting thread, medium scissors for cutting fabrics.


All workshops take place in my 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 four so that I am able to spend as much time with each workshop participant as possible and we can socially distance. You will get the chance to look at my studio in the garden and purchase products or fabrics.

You will benefit from tailored, small group tuition and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

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.

Due to corona virus I will accept cancellations if you are feeling unwell.

Please do not attend a workshop if you are showing any symptoms or family members are.

You will be able to swap to another workshop when you are well.

I will cancel a workshop if me or a family member is showing any symptoms.

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