Machine embroidery is now such a popular art form and can be done in so many different ways. You will learn several techniques and use fabric and paint during the day. Julie aims to show you many ways that machine embroidery can be used with plenty of examples to inspire you.
Suitable for beginners, and sometimes it's even easier if you are a beginner, as you have to forget everything you’ve previously learned about precision and just go with the flow.
You will need to bring your own sewing machine, as long as you can drop the feed and have an embroidery foot. Just bring yourself and your sense of humour, guaranteed to result in excited squeals from time to time! At the end of the day you will take away a completed sampler of various techniques, ready to frame.
Learn how to:
• Drop the feed on your machine and “draw” using the thread
• Stitch with freedom- anywhere, any direction
• Apply cut fabrics onto a background
• Add paint successfully, without the bleed
• Use transfer pens
• Write words freehand
• Be inspired to make your own designs and see how versatile and truly addictive this art form really is
All workshops and more images can be viewed and booked through the website, see 'Book online' link above.
All machine embroidery courses are held at her garden studio in Birlingham, near Pershore. WR10 3AF
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials and tools are provided, including fabric, paint etc
Bring your own machine with instruction manual. A list of machine requirements will be sent to you once booked.
Refreshments are included throughout the day, but you will need to bring a packed lunch.
Parking is available.
Julie Brand at Tigley Textiles
The Paddocks Broadway Road Birlingham, Pershore Worcestershire WR10 3AF
This was a wonderful day, thank you. Perfectly paced (relaxing but no one was hanging around between demonstrations) and it's lovely to have a finished piece at the end of the day. Thank you very much for teaching me a new skill- and delicious lemon drizzle cake!
My third workshop with Julie. Always a relaxing but exciting day where I surprise myself with an item I have loved making. So many ideas and resources. Lovely fabrics, shapes and all with many skills to try. Thank you Julie!
What a fantastic day! I am so proud and amazed at what I have achieved. Thank you to Julie for all her advice, help and ideas. The homemade cake was a wonderful treat. I feel I have been well looked after!
Thank you for a wonderful, creative and totally inspiring day. Ive come home with a lovely piece and enthusiasm to have another go over the Easter break. The cake was amazing and thank you for the refreshments too. I know it's a new avenue I'll be working on within textile and thread, paint and a little bling! I love patching but this is a whole new area. Hope to be with you again soon for either the garden borders or the hares and dragonfly workshop.
Came to a previous workshop following an open studios visit. Great workshop, excellent teacher. So good to complete a piece on the day. I'm very inspired to stop talking about it and start doing it! Many thanks.
I have had the most brilliant day. The pace was perfect and every stage explained and demonstrated. I am so chuffed to be taking home a finished piece of work. Brilliant teacher. I would love to come back for more courses, thank you so much.
I had the most wonderful, enriching, lovely day. Although I have never done machine embroidery before, I am thrilled to say that I came away with something I am pleased to show my friends and family. Thank you Julie for a most distracting and absorbing day.
What a fabulous day! I've enjoyed every minute and have learned so much in one day. Julie is inspirational and so full of helpful advice and ideas. I can't believe how much stunning work was produced by the group today. Thank you so much Julie.
What a fantastic experience! Julie is welcoming, friendly, funny and knowledgeable - and patient! The day was perfectly paced, even for an absolute beginner, and I'm confident that I could recreate something like this piece at home using the techniques I've learned. Thanks Julie! 😁
What an amazing day! Having not used my sewing machine for over 5 years, any fears about embroidery on a machine, were swept away by Julie's usual calm manner and inspiring instruction resulting in amazing work at the end of the day. I'm hooked!!
Such a lovely day with like minded people. Julie provided clear instructions with a wealth of fabrics and embellishments to make our pieces look really good. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and will definitely come again!
What a wonderful day! Learnt lots of techniques and top tips for free motion embroidery. Also worth a mention is the fabulous setting of Julie's workshop studio. Could not fault anything about today- home made cake was delicious! Excellent, excellent, excellent- thank you!
An very enjoyable day spent learning machine embroidery. Julie is an inspiration and guides and encourages you through all the different stages. One of the best courses I have attended and in such a relaxed and comfortable setting, I went on my own and was made to feel very welcome and met such lovely people it didn't matter. Great cakes/biscuits and lots of tea. Will be returning soon to learn some other techniques. Thank you Julie.
Any anxiety I had at the beginning of the day was swiftly blown away by Julie's wonderful welcome and the friendly group. The whole day was relaxed and fun and Julie was able to give clear instructions and encourage creativity I didn't think I had. I have come away from the day eager to carry in with free motion embroidery and will definitely be bringing my friends to another one of her workshops in the near future. Had a great day!
An excellent course, full of inspirational ideas! Step by step instructions, with lots of positive encouragement and practical help throughout the day to produce a beautiful sampler to take home. All set in the delightful surroundings of Julie's home studio.
What a lovely day!! Such a relaxed atmosphere and we were taught in such a structured way that it will be easy to reproduce something similar at home. Thank you Julie for taking the mystery out of free motion embroidery.
A fabulous day showing us how to do free machine embroidery. Julie let us go at our own pace and encouraged us throughout. We all produced beautiful outcomes and the day was an absolute delight. Can't wait to play more!
I havnt done embroidery before and I didn't know what to expect, but I really enjoyed the day. Julie was a fantastic teacher and made the class lots of fun. I found I learnt lots of very useful tips and techniques which I'm now eager to try at home. A lovely day! Would recommend!
I have just had the most enjoyable day learning a new craft. Julie is kind, patient and most of all, knowledgeable. Who needs therapy when you can spend a day learning free motion embroidery ?! Thoroughly recommend.
A really lovely enjoyable day. I had absolutely no experience of machine embroidery but felt quite confident by the end of the course. Really want to carry on and try other styles and techniques- lampshades, panels etc- can't wait!
Fabulous day with Julie who really does inspire you to produce beautiful work, I can't believe I actually made what I did in a day! This is my 2nd workshop with Tigley Textiles and I would recommend everyone to try a day in her wonderful studio. Thanks again Julie, Annie x
I had an amazing day doing free motion machine embroidery at Julie's beautiful studio. I had tried to teach myself before and got nowhere. Julie broke it down into simple, confidence building steps. Lots of top tips and advice regarding colour, fabric, composition, and of course, stitching. The end results were just beyond expectation. I caught a glimpse of some work on the table after returning from washing my hands, and thought 'oh that's lovely'. It was such a shock to realise it was my piece of work I had seen across the table.
I left, wanting to go back again for another of the courses, but also feeling confident to do what I had learned again, at home.
Julie is generous with her knowledge and advice and the lemon cake was gorgeous too!
I enjoyed my first class last week. Julie (and her gallant husband), began with a very warm welcome to their home and stunning studio. Such a beautiful setting just added to the relaxed friendly atmosphere she created.
Very knowledgable and informative, I was able to produce a quite satisfactory piece of work.
I returned home thoroughly inspired and eager to start my own projects.
I have already booked my next class.
I have no hesitation in recommending Julie to anyone wanting to try new techniques.
A lovely inspirational day - keep looking at my machine embroidery sampler today and getting a real feel good factor from having created something I like! Julie's studio is beautiful, inspiring to work in and Julie is a great teacher, encouraging and helpful, sharing so many of her skills and ideas readily. I spent the day with such lovely fellow machinists. Julie is a natural host and provided delicious sweet treats to go with regular tea breaks. Lunch outside chatting and taking in the beautiful peaceful views was the icing on the cake. Thank you also to Julie's husband who met me in the car park to carry my machine in - much appreciated. We worked hard and made the most of the workshop opportunities. Highly recommend.
This is the second workshop I have done with Julie, what better recommendation is there than that. She is so patient and talented and her studio is beautiful, a lovely environment to learn this stitching technique. An absolute beginner at machine embroidery I came away with a completed piece that I was surprised had been done by me. Highly recommended.
Have just spent a wonderful day surrounded by threads, fabric, patterns, paint, cake, tea, good company,lovely ideas , creativity and inspiration! Julie is an lovely patient lady who is generous with her time and sharing of ideas. I would recommend this course - a perfect way to spend a day. Thank you Julie.
What an amazing day my mum and I had with Julie at Tigley Textiles. We learned so much in such a short time and Julie made the whole thing fun and relaxed aswell as being informative. She was so generous with her time, knowledge and all of the lovely materials, lace, buttons, paints...the list is endless. Her enthusiasm for sewing is infectious as both mum and I can't wait for our next course with her. Thank you so much Julie!
Had a very enjoyable day and learnt lots of new skills. Julie is a very able teacher and taught lots of techniques in a short time. Keen and excited to develop my own designs now! Thanks for a great day.
A thoroughly enjoyable day. Started with no experience if machine embroidery but with great tuition, guidance and encouragement from Julie was soon creating my first quirky embroidery picture. I came away having learnt so much more than I expected and have some of Julie's enthusiasm for continuing and developing this technique. Once again .... Thanks Julie.
I m still floating from a wonderful day spent in Trumpet with Julie and five other co -machine embroiderers .She gently took us through the various stages of producing a not - half - bad sampler which l feel quite proud of.Above everything,we had a stimulating day and l feel confident that l can produce more work adding my own quirks. It really has kick -started a new interest and much more exciting than just making curtains for my home. Thanks Julie . P. S. Lovely homemade food .
Just spent a totally happy day playing with machine embroidery and paints at the Trumpet tearooms near Ledbury. Lots of help and inspiration from a very skilled teacher. Thanks for sending me on a novel search for my own exploration of this exciting new style of textile fun.
Great food too!
Have just returned from spending the day with Julie on the machine embroidery course. Julie is an excellent teacher, very patient, and you leave the course feeling inspired to go home and start creating!
Just four of us today so all very relaxed and as this course was held at the Trumpet Tea rooms we were able to enjoy a lovely lunch and delicious cakes too.
Julie produces such beautiful work and is full of ideas of things to try, I shall definitely be taking another course. Thoroughly recommended - and thanks again for a great day Julie x
Have done a couple of courses now with Julie and will definitely be returning for more. Her knowledge and style of teaching is not only relaxed but encouraging and inspiring. Her studio is set in wonderful country side and the textile work displayed is truly wonderful.
What a thoroughly enjoyable day we had. Thank you Julie for being so patient and helping us to explore new ideas and techniques My head is spinning with possibilities and plans are already in place for taking this addictive craft further. The nut slices were fab too!
We spent a super afternoon with Julie creating a machine embroidered sampler. Julie was endlessly patient and an excellent teacher. The environment is very cosy and welcoming with beautiful examples of work everywhere you look. I would recommend this to anyone.
Had a wonderful day on the machine embroidery course and felt really inspired and empowered. Lovely welcoming environment and Julie is an excellent teacher. Small numbers meant everyone could see the demonstrations easily. It was amazing that we all ended with a piece of work so different from others although we used the same templates and techniques. I shall definitely return to the project sessions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and talents Julie x
Really enjoyable afternoon with Julie. She is an excellent teacher and her enthusiasm inspired us all. Small class meant clear demonstrations and lots of individual attention. Julie's studio is beautiful and a wonderful place to work. Felt a sense of achievement at the end and met some lovely people. Thank you Julie. Liz x
Thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and would highly recommend. Could have stayed in Julie's lovely studio for hours on end. I am a total novice and Julie is such a brilliant teacher. She is very open about her techniques and her work is amazing. I've come away from the workshop with a piece of work that I didn't think I could do and feel really happy. My head is buzzing with ideas. Absolutely loved it and met some lovely ladies too. Thank you so much Julie xx
Returned home yesterday full of happiness from the beginners machine embroidery workshop taught by the lovely Julie Brand in her beautiful studio in Worcestershire. What an inspiration she is! We each came away with our own version of her unique style of embroidered/painted flowers, birds, butterflies, seed-heads and adornments etc ably tutored and demonstrated by Julie in a relaxed and friendly environment. If you come to one of her classes with even just a glimmer of enthusiasm and energy, Julie will send you home with a deep flame of inspiration to tackle your own 'grand design' if the mood takes you. Thank you Julie x