Two Day workshop - New dates coming soon


On this course, you will spend two days in Marksbury village hall (a small village near Bath) creating your own textile piece featuring a nature theme.

This workshop is perfect if you are looking to learn how to create collage fabric backgrounds and get creative.

Day 1 we will spend the morning making decorative papers and fabrics, the afternoon we will collage them together to create abstract backgrounds

Day 2 we will stitch and collage into these backgrounds using free machine embroidery and hand stitch if you wish. 

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!

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, embroidery foot, general sewing kit, sharp scissors. If you want to bring your own design ideas please do so. 

Full list of materials to follow on booking the workshop.

Also bring a packed lunch, I will supply snacks and drinks for the day.

Your sewing machine needs to be able to lower the feed dogs 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' and the relevant date from the drop down menu.

Embroidery hoops are available to purchase on the day.

All base fabrics will be supplied but please bring your own thin applique fabrics. 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, extension table.

All workshops take place in Marksbury a small village near Bath, 

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

Places on this workshop are limited to 8 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 5 people attending.

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