In this fun and inspiring workshop, you will learn how to really make the most of a sewing machine, using it to 'draw' and create a set of unique stitched samples. You have the choice of working from your own images (drawings and/or photos) or from some of mine. As the course is run for no more than 2 or 3 people at a time, it can be tailored very much to individual needs and requirements. By the end of the day you will have: - Learnt how to set up a sewing machine for free machining - Learnt how to prepare images and fabrics for free machining - Studied a range of samples for inspiration and understanding - Watched a range of demonstrations - Experimented with free machined cording techniques - Experimented with reverse applique - Experimented with thread tensions - Understood health and safety issues when free machining - Created a set of samples to take home with you - Received a set of technical handouts to support your day's learning The workshop is run for 2 or 3 people on a day negotiated with me and is held in my comfortable and cosy garden studio close to Richmond Park and Kingston town centre. The session cost £85 each, or if you want to do the course on your own it will cost £155. Please send me a message about how many people you are booking for and when you would like to come before sending a request to book. I have 30 years of experience teaching art, textiles, printmaking and illustration in further and adult education, in colleges and privately too, so you can be certain of well structured, well-paced and inspiring teaching and learning. Alongside my teaching, I have been a practising artist and designer for 30 years, exhibiting nationwide and working commercially within the fields of textiles and illustration.

What's included in the price?

Costs include all materials and refreshments. You can use my Bernina sewing machines, or bring your own if you feel more comfortable with a machine that's familiar. If you are bringing your own, you just need to check beforehand that you can drop the feed and bring an embroidery foot that fits your machine.


1 day

Cancellation policy

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



Ruth Blackford

with Craft Courses since 2018

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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233 Kings Road, , Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5JH

Booking options

Free Machine Embroidery
10:00 - 16:00
£85.00 See dates
Private 1-1 session
Flexible times
£155.00 See dates