River Birds

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On this course, you will spend the day in Saltford Golf Club creating your own textile piece featuring a River bird, either a Wagtail or a Kingfisher.


This workshop is perfect for all abilities, from beginners to avid stitchers, all abilities will be catered for.

If you'd like to learn how I create my River Bird design with flowing rivers and foliage, 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 and 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, and then putting them into practice. After lunch, you will make your finished piece. 

See the photos for lovely work from previous workshop participants, examples of Hares 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!

*New.....Lunch consisting of a finger buffet and 4 teas and coffees throughout the day will be supplied by the Golf club.*

Please let me know any dietary requirements.

Please bring your sewing machine, embroidery foot, 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' and the correct date from the drop down menu.

Embroidery hoops are available to purchase 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, extension table.

All workshops take place in Saltford Golf Club, Golf Club lane, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3BA. Saltford is a  small town on the river Avon near Bath, 

It is also on a main bus route from Bath to Bristol on the A4

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

Places on each workshop are limited to 7 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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