Garden Birds New dates coming soon

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On this course, you will spend the day in Marksbury village Hall creating your own textile piece featuring a garden bird of your choice.


This workshop is perfect if you have done a little bit of free-motion embroidery and wish to extend your knowledge in applique by making a garden bird in fabric and thread. 

If you'd like to learn how I create my fabric garden birds, this workshop is for you! You'll learn a variety of techniques to create your finished textile piece. There will be a choice of birds and plenty of inspiration available for you - I have a library of design ideas, as well as lots of samples and embroideries. 

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 teaching, 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 birds and 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, general sewing kit, sharp scissors and an 8" wooden 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 £15; please select 'Rent a Sewing Machine' below.

Embroidery hoops are available to buy on the day.

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.

The workshops take place in Saltford nr Bath

They run from 10.00am until 3.45pm, we then have until 4 to pack away.

Places on each workshop are limited to 10 so that I am able to spend as much time with each workshop participant as possible. 

If you have to cancel due to COVID, or any other valid reason, I will give you a 50% discount when you book onto another course in the future.

Please do not attend a workshop if you are showing any COVID symptoms.

I will cancel a workshop if I am feeling unwell.

I will also have to cancel the workshop 2 weeks prior to the day if I have less than 4 people attending.

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