CODE: 29th APRIL
On this course you will spend the day in my home in the Staffordshire countryside creating a unique textile piece featuring a garden bird of your choice.
This workshop is suitable for those who have already done the Flowers and Grasses course and would now like to improve their skills. If you are a complete beginner to this exciting technique, I would recommend my Flowers and Grasses Workshop to begin with.
During this workshop you will make a textile piece featuring a garden bird which could include a robin, blackbird, nuthatch, wren, great tit, long tailed tit or finch. You'll also learn the techniques for creating leaves and branches using fabric and thread.
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 to take home at the end of the day.
There will be plenty of inspiration available for you - I have a library of design ideas all inspired by British wildlife. Use my unique hand drawn bird templates to create your textile design.
See the photos for examples of lovely work from previous workshop participants, plus examples of birds from my handmade collection.
What previous participants say:
"The Jo Hill workshop is a fantastic experience she explains how to achieve a beautiful piece of work from start to finish, anyone who has an interest in appliqué and free machine work whether looking for improving or novice this is the perfect workshop."
"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!"
"I spent a day at Jo Hill's Garden Birds workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was the least experienced sewer there and was extremely pleased with my efforts. Thank you Jo."
What to bring - please read!
Please bring your sewing machine, packed lunch, general sewing kit, sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop measuring 7" or 8" in diameter and 1cm deep.
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.
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.
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. If you want to bring your own design ideas please do so.
A general sewing kit comprises spare bobbins, spare needles (machine and hand sewing), threads, small scissors for cutting thread, pins and a tape measure.
All workshops take place in my studio or 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 eight (with the exception of the Fabric Painting and Interpreting a Paper Image in Fabric workshop which are just four students) so that I am able to spend as much time with each workshop participant as possible. If we are a group of four or fewer we'll be in my lovely garden studio; any number between five and eight and we'll be in my newly-renovated house with lots of natural light and space.
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.
Places on the workshop are refundable in full less a 10% PayPal admin fee, if cancelled up to one month before the date of the workshop. You can also transfer onto a different workshop of your choice at this point.
If you need to cancel after that, you may do so up to 7 days before the date of the workshop at which point a full refund (less 10%) can be given only in the event that I am able to sell the place. Alternatively you can transfer onto another workshop but only if I am able to sell your original place.
No refunds or transfers onto other workshops will be offered if cancelled 7 days or fewer before the workshop (but you can send a friend in your place instead!).
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