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'Applique & stitch' discovering machine embroidery: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater

Discover Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames ..a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke, the Lake District & Cumbria

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DATES: Our full year of 100+ set workshop dates are on OUR website (purple tab) along with availability and how to book.
Next year’s extensive programme of Quirky Workshops will be launched in late October; often courses fill quickly as they make popular Christmas gifts. To be amongst the first to receive the new dates, please use the ‘Keep me Posted’ icon, at the top RHS of our website page. Thank you and Happy Crafting!


Join Sarah Ames for a day of discovery and fun creating some lovely pieces using free machinery embroidery techniques incorporating hand stitch, applique and embellishment.

Freehand machine embroidery is amongst the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results.

Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

(Note : it must be possible for the feed dogs on your sewing machine to be dropped to permit machining in any direction).

Sarah will come with a host of ideas for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such as books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc.

Please bring any special pieces of favourite materials, inspirations, resources and bits and pieces you may wish to use in your design.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside on the Tea Lawn as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.


Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT
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A thoroughly enjoyable day working with the very talented Sarah Ames.
I loved seeing her beautiful workmanship and she was encouraging and patient in ensuring we all produced some amazing work.
It was great to meet so many interesting people and we were made to feel very welcome in Annie’s home.
Thank you 😊

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- - #21550

Thank you so much for a fab day yesterday .. The whole day was lovely from Sarah's Ames' class to the yummy homemade food and friendly people
Many thanks Lynne M x

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- - #18271

Dear Sarah and Annie,
Just to say how much I enjoyed the embroidery course last Saturday. It was great to spend a day with so many lovely ladies and so many sewing machines!
I’ve finished my picture and made a couple of lavender bags using the same techniques. I’m sure I will be doing lots more.

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- - #17094

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