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Machine embroidery - people & places

Duration: One day, 10am-5pm

Price: £65

Book with: Ruth Blackford
at Ruth Blackford

233 Kings Road
Kingston Upon Thames

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About the Course

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 images based on People and Places. 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 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 different ways to add colour to your images: threads, dyes, inks
- Experimented with free machined cording and couching techniques
- Experimented with reverse applique techniques
- Understood health and safety issues when free machining
- Created a set of sample images to take home with you
- Eaten a lot of home made (sometimes home grown!) food
- Received a set of technical handouts to support your day's learning

The workshop is run for groups of 2 people on a day negotiated with me (can be weekdays or weekend), and is held in my comfortable and cosy garden studio close to Richmond Park and Kingston town centre. The session costs £65 each of if you want to do the course on your own it will cost £110.

I have 28 years 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 practicing artist and designer for 30 years, exhibiting nationwide and working commercially within the fields of textiles and illustration.

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

What's included in the price?

Costs include all materials,refreshments and lunch. You can use my Pfaff sewing machines, or bring your own if yo 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.

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How can I tell you how much I enjoyed this day course?! Ruth was an excellent teacher and got us using so many different stitches and effects. She has a delightful warm personality and she is a first rate textile artist and inspirational as an instructor.
I classed myself a fairly good seamstress, having made men’s suits but I didn’t know any of the embroidery effects that Ruth taught us. I learnt so much, it was a truly enjoyable day.

- - #18517

I had an excellent and highly enjoyable day learning lots of new sewing techniques. Ruth was very flexible and happy to tailor the course to any desired technique. Ruth's garden studio is charming and she is a very warm and patient teacher with lots of teaching experience, making it all in all a great experience! Highly recommend.

- - #17912

Challenging but at the same time very achievable thanks to the great tutoring by Ruth Blackford.

- - #17885

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners

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