Freestyle Stitching with Harriet Riddell


Duration: 2 days

Price: £165

Run by: James Ort
at The Phoenix Studio

07765 980508

The Phoenix Studio
Chinnor Rd
Towersey
Near Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 3QZ

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About the Course

A stitch in line can be mighty fine! And for truly joyous and utterly charming examples of stitching then look no further than the artwork of Harriet Riddell (aka InStitchYou).

Delightfully combining portraiture with the sewing machine, Harriet creates unique pieces of art that lovingly capture the essence and soul of their subject.

Normally found stitching her way around the world on a peddle-powered sewing machine, we have persuaded her to come to the studio to teach a few lucky students how to stitch the this curious world onto canvas. This course is for the experimental, adventurous and brave!

Suitable for?:

Anyone who knows how to work a sewing machine. This course is not suitable for students with every little or no sewing machine experience.

We generally advise that students be 14 years old+ though exceptions can be made where appropriate.

You will need to bring:

A working sewing machine that you are familiar with and know how to operate*
It must have a ‘free-motion embroidery foot‘
and have feed dogs that can be dropped (‘dropping the feed dogs’ lowers the teeth which usually push the fabric back, normally with a switch. This lets the fabric be free and pushed in any direction)
If you an extension table for it too then bring that as well
A pair of sharp embroidery scissors.
Any different thread colours you may want to use
Any of your own fabrics that may want to incorporate into your creations – they may have sentimental values or be special to you!
A few choices of photos, showing people/scenes that you would like to capture in stitch
*If someone wants to come to the workshop, but doesn’t have their own sewing machine or they don’t think there sewing machine has a free motion embroidery option, please get in touch and we can try to find you a machine for the weekend.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A series of structured demonstrations and exercises
Learning a range of techniques to help you dance with your sewing machine!
Relaxed & attentive one-to-one guidance for every student

Two full days’ teaching (10am-4pm)
Tea, coffee, biscuits/cake
Material to create onto and fabrics to use to build up your portrait
Use of a beautiful purpose-built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
Beautiful countryside setting



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Course Start Dates

Saturday 9th February 2019

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