In-person course
in Strelley Village, Nottingham

Free machine embroidery with Sarah Sewell



Free-machine embroidery has been described by Kirsty Allsopp as ‘the crack cocaine of the crafting world!’ and we have to agree – it is very addictive! Sarah’s workshop will introduce you to this fascinating art form – it can be described as drawing with your sewing machine. You will learn how to set up a sewing machine ready for free-machine embroidery and can have fun practising doodling and ‘writing’ onto fabric. Once you have mastered the basics, you will design and create your own framed textile picture using free-machine embroidery & appliqué techniques. There will be a selection of fabrics available for you to use in your appliqué design, but you are very welcome to bring your own fabric if you prefer. At the end of the workshop you will be able to set up a sewing machine for free-machine embroidery and have the knowledge to create your own textile art at home. Information regarding suitable fabrics and threads etc and where to buy them will also be given to you. Course highlights: Friendly, comfortable and well lit environment Small group to enable individual tuition All tools and materials/equipment are provided Generous table space Clear information and demonstrations from an experienced textile artist The course focus is always on fun and friendly creativity with lots of personal tuition from an experienced textile artist. Class sizes will be limited to enable individual tuition so please get in touch soon to book your place.

What's included in the price?

You don’t need to bring anything with you as all tools and materials/equipment will be provided. However, please do feel free to bring your own fabric scraps & photos or pictures to provide inspiration for your framed picture. Food: Hot and cold refreshments will be provided throughout the workshop. The shop is situated next to the wonderful Mulberry Tree Cafe where you can also purchase delicious food at reasonable prices.


10:00am to 1:00pm

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



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The Stables, Strelley Hall, Main Street,, Strelley Village, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 6PE

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
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  • Parking provided
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  • Weekends
  • Intermediate level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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