Creative Machine Stitching



Work in a small group with qualified textile artist and adult teacher, Helen Moyes
The workshop can include:
- Painted backgrounds and textile collage
- Transfering images to fabric
- How to set up the sewing machine for freehand embroidery
- Practice at using embroidery hoops to “draw” with the sewing machine.
- Learning how to applique
- Stitching over applique
- Writing in stitches
- Using water soluble fabric to create stitched items
- Quilting designs
- Making designs 3D
- Time to be creative with the techniques learned
- Making a finished product of your own design to take home

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Free on street car parking nearby & disabled access. Please advise prior to workshop
A wide range of hot and cold drinks and home made cake. Please advise of any dietary requirements
This workshop is best taught with your own sewing machine, but sewing machines are available to borrow
All materials and equipment will be provided. If you have any particular embroidery materials you wish to use then please feel free to bring them along with you as well.

What's not included:
Lunch: please bring your own packed lunch.
Basic setting up and getting to know your sewing machine - please contact me for individual or small group session for this prior to the Creative Machine Stitching


Helen Moyes at Helen Moyes Designs


5 High Storrs Drive
South Yorkshire
S11 7LL

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


5½ hours (10:30am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
Gill Ormond - - #33738

"Wish you were here- textile postcards"was the title of this one day zoom workshop. Helen is an excellent tutor, giving clear instructions and demonstrations of each technique. She ensured we were all following her and gave plenty of opportunities for questions which she answered clearly and precisely. Even when technological troubles seem to daunt us she remained unflusterd and made sure we were all receiving the right images before proceeding. I ended the day inspired with extra confidence and a raft of new skills. Just a picky point. It would have been useful to know via course joining instructions that we would be painting fabric in the first half of the day so that we could prepare our work area in advance and grab the protective pinny ahead of the session. Gill

Response from Helen Moyes Designs:

Thank you Gill for taking the time to review the creative stitch workshop.
Yes a good point re joining instructions, an apron is in the optional kit.
I am so glad you gained inspiration, confidence and new skills. The three fabric backgrounds you produced were lovely.

In-person course
Karen - - #33677

Have attended a couple of Helen's courses most recently, Japanese Sashiko and Felt Bowl Making. Both were lots of fun and I managed to create something I was really pleased with within the time. They were both online which is tricky for craft courses but Helen had lots of examples to look at and she made the sessions enjoyable with clear descriptions. Will be back for more.

Response from Helen Moyes Designs:

Thank you for taking the time to give a review of my workshops Karen.
I'm so glad you both had fun and found the demonstrations clear.
You made a couple of lovely pieces to be proud of.
Looking forward to creating with you again!

In-person course

The class was very well taught with lots of tips for other crafts too to help you at home very friendly teacher loads of material choices lots of sewing machine tips very good enjoyable day, looking to do another in future, good learning new skills with the class - Alison

Response from Helen Moyes Designs:

Thank you for your feedback Alison.
So glad you both enjoyed and learnt lots of tips at the creative stitch workshop last week. I look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

In-person course
John Gibson - - #33574

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Response from Helen Moyes Designs:

Thank you for your review John. I am glad you both enjoyed our workshop and that you increased in both confidence and skill. I'm so pleased to hear of your new found love of creative sewing and am working at developing more courses.

In-person course
Judith Wilkin - - #33493

I attended a workshop on Sunday 6 June with my friend Judith. The workshop was run by Helen Moyes. Helen is a talented lady and had some lovely exhibits on show which I took inspiration from. The actual workshop was very disappointing. There was no structure to it and I didn't know what was planned for the day. There was a lot of talking but no action plan or organisation. We did abit of painting but the equipment was not good. Some of the paints did not work. The plastic apron fell apart and there was no sink or water to wash our hands. There was sanitising gel. We were given plastic gloves. We did just over an hour of sewing but I was hoping for more. The cake was delicious. This workshop did not offer value for money at £65.

I will give this one star.

Response from Helen Moyes Designs:

Thanks Carol, for giving feedback. I always seek to improve my creative service. We discussed your aims before the workshop and I prepared a large range of skin-coloured threads for your chosen portrait project. We discussed stabiliser and sketching out your portrait. You made a great start on this. I suggested ways to show light and shadow. You chose two "new to you" materials for a second project: a Lutradur lantern using Markel sticks. We discussed completing this before you went to your third project: a doodle-stitched botanical picture based on one of my pieces of work. I'm so sorry not all the many paints worked – I would have disposed of them had this been brought to my attention at the time. As you wore protective gloves, I hadn't realised you needed to wash your hands after painting but could have provided a bowl of soapy water if the gel, wipes, & paper towels weren’t sufficient. When the apron ripped, I offered to replace it. I am so glad you enjoyed the selection of cakes.

In-person course
Judith Wilkin - - #33449

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Response from Helen Moyes Designs:

Thanks Judith for feedback which I consider carefully. We discussed your aims before the workshop. I am so sorry we didn't establish the picture was the only thing you wanted to work on. I always seek to be led by participants and hope you use the backgrounds you created – especially with Brusho crystals which was impressive. You're experienced in free machine embroidery and I was pleased to start you quilting with Trapunto. You made a great start on your piece and could have stayed to continue.
We are committed to having all resources ready by the agreed start time and offer a wide variety of resources, too extensive to include in a pack. You were given samples of those you’re not familiar with and could make notes on them. This workshop was my first in-person post lockdown. Following your comment on handwashing I’ve reintroduced it. I monitor the balance of fun, learning & experimenting within a safe & inspiring environment and hope to be able to welcome you back to experience this.

In-person course
Amy - - #27433

Had an absolute blast on this course today. Helen is so welcoming and a fantastic teacher. I felt immediately at ease and had such a fun time. Even though I had no prior experience, I created a wonderful piece of art. We will definitely book on one of the courses again in future.
Thank you Helen!

Response from Helen Moyes Designs:

Thanks Amy, I enjoyed today too, facitating all your creativity. Keep Crafting!

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