About the Course
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, paper 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 larger images can be viewed and booked through the website at the top of the page.
All machine embroidery courses are held at her garden studio in Birlingham, near Pershore.
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?
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.
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.
julie parry - - #21700
Excellent plan for the day. Plenty to do but scope to go your own way if desired- but not in my case!
Deborah Morton - - #21442
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.
Barbara Lowe - - #21441
Wonderful workshop. Relaxed and encouraging. Just enough "input" at the right pace. Really appreciated the loan of the machine. Great location and nice cake! Thank you.
Tany Alexander - - #21440
I had the most amazing day, and will be back!!! Thank you so much.
Veonica King - - #21439
Loved it! machine embroidery is no longer scary!
Elizabeth from Malvern - - #20922
I have had a really lovely day. I have learnt so much. You have also been very kind and encouraging.
Penny Judge - - #20921
Brilliant! Really enjoyable and "art" to take away!
Paulette - - #20920
Today has been a real treat. I have learned so much from Julie and am excited about trying out the skills and techniques at home. I would love to attend another one of your courses in the future.
Diane Lloyd - - #20919
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.
Maxine - - #20918
Completely absorbing and so much fun- I'll be back! Thank you Julie
lesley from Worcestershire - - #20917
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.
Sue from Worcester - - #20916
Fantastic class for a beginner like me! Ive learned so much from Julie, so much fun!
Wendy from Malvern - - #18338
A really super day, with a lovely finished sampler to take home.Julie was friendly, very knowledgeable and patient!
Karen from Malvern - - #18337
A fabulous day. I never knew I had such a creative side. Thank you for a lovely day.
Jackie from St Albans - - #18336
A thoroughly enjoyable day- I've learned so much. I'm sure this piece will be the first of many.
Bev from Redditch - - #18335
Julie is wonderful! Relaxing and creative day.
Louise from Shrewsbury - - #17599
A wonderful relaxing day. Thoroughly enjoyed and would like to do another. Thank you.
Michelle from Lichfield - - #17598
Fabulous! I so enjoyed myself. A wonderful day! Must do more. Many many thanks.
Pam from Worcester - - #17597
A very enjoyable day. It has taken away the fear of machine embroidery, leant a lot!
Val from Rugby - - #17596
Really enjoyable course. Learnt lots of useful techniques, will be returning to do Dragonflies and Hares.
Anne from Rugby - - #17595
I had a really lovely day and met some cheerful, like minded ladies. Presentation was excellent and I'm eager to come again, thank you Julie
Lorna from Cornwall - - #16977
Fab Day!! A whole new world of creation. Thank you SO much Julie.
Sheila from Berkshire - - #16976
Wonderful! I really didn't think I would produce a sampler in a few hours. Julie was patient and inspirational. I will be back for the lampshade workshop, thank you!
Nicky from Bristol - - #16975
What a fantastic day. Thank you so much!
Karen from Barnsley - - #15884
Great day, learnt masses!!! Would like to do a lampshade course sometime. Excellent day.
Liz from Coventry - - #15883
I am delighted to be using a sewing machine for the first time in 40 years, AND managing to create something I like. All thanks to Julie's support and help, Thank you!
Rachel from Ross on Wye - - #15882
A friend in my village did this course- I had a great time! Lovely, clear instructions and a relaxed and happy day.
Marianne from Chipping Campden - - #15881
What an amazing day! Julie is a brilliant teacher and I'm so impressed we've all managed to create something really special- Thank you!!
Sharon from Newent - - #15880
A wonderful relaxing day in a beautiful place, with superb teaching and a wonderful result. I have learned so much today!
Cathy from Kidderminster - - #15073
What an amazing day! Learned loads and loved every minute. Thank you Julie
Jane from Bredon - - #15072
A FANTASTIC day! I learned so much, thank you!
Patricia from Ireland - - #15071
A most enjoyable day. Julie was so patient when I found things difficult. We all came away with a great piece of work, very satisfying.
Sue (Worcester) - - #13899
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.
Gail (Gloucester) - - #13898
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! 😁
Amy (Cheltenham) - - #13897
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!!
Susan - - #13478
Very useful and friendly workshop, geared to the individual. Now feel confident to do free machine embroidery at home- a really good introduction.
April Guinan - - #13477
Arrived scared- left skilled! Good pace, good fun, and good instruction, thank you!
Sonia Ingaglia - - #13476
Thank you Julie for a really lovely day. Such a gorgeous setting and wonderful studio. I've done machine embroidery before but never without a hoop- it's so liberating. Thank you😁
Meg Harris - - #13275
This has been a most enjoyable day. Julie was so patient and gave very good instructions with demonstrations. Looking forward to trying the techniques when I get home.
Kathy offerdal - - #13274
I've learnt a lot today. Fulfilled all expectations and happy to have completed my sampler with generous support from Julie. Thank you very much!
Joyce Annetts - - #13273
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!
Louise Chipp - - #13272
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!
Jane edwards - - #13271
A fun day, learning lots of different techniques and motifs. Brilliantly taught and very inspirational. Fun for lots of different ages, thank you so much!
Baca mcColl - - #12889
A wonderful workshop and very inspiring.
Sue Mercer - - #12888
Such an informative day! I feel so inspired. Julie is a brilliant teacher.
Jan McColl - - #12887
What a lovely day! Really enjoyed learning so much and just trying out lots of new things. Very relaxing, lovely company and cake too!
Sarah Fitchford - - #12886
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.
Sandra - - #12611
What a lovely day! I have learned so much. Julie is an excellent teacher. Engrossing, creative and therapeutic workshop!
Sue Resuggan - - #12586
A very informative and lovely day. Great inspirational course. Highly recommend to friends.
Sandra allport - - #12585
Thank you for a great Christmas present. Really enjoyable day learning new techniques which I will continue at home.
Becca kenny - - #12584
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!
Lia palios - - #12583
Another wonderful day. Thank you so much, again, lots of new skills I have learned. The key- practise, practise, practise!!
Venessa Sutton - - #12525
Thank you so much for a fabulous day. Very exciting and a real joy! You are so encouraging and very well organised.
Rosemary Hooper - - #12524
Thanks Julie for a fun day, really enjoyed joining a group of lovely people to learn a new skill. I think I am hooked!
Marianne simpson - - #12523
Thank you for a lovely, relaxing and inspiring day.
Penny Childs - - #12521
A very enjoyable day- thank you!
Anne Price - - #12520
A very inspiring course. Learnt many new techniques. Thank you Julie .
Marie Watson - - #12314
Wonderful, I just had such fun! Lots of different techniques all leannt in one day, were so stimulating. I will definitely be back.
Karen Blackmore - - #12313
I had a wonderful day and have learnt some inspiring techniques, can't wait to try out the techniques again.
Julie white - - #12312
A wonderful course. Well taught, well thought out, very creative, satisfying and fun. A fantastic creation at the end that I can't believe I produced. I'll definitely attend another one.
Linda townsend - - #12311
Very engaging day - lovely piece of work to take home and lots of new techniques. Also, great cake!
Moira savage - - #12310
What a lovely day! I so enjoyed myself. So much inspiration around the room and great cake! Thank you very much and see you again soon!
Jane - - #11560
Really lovely workshop! I was amazed at what we all achieved and the instruction was methodical and led us through each process very well.
Bobbie Osborne - - #11559
Lovely creative day! Learnt lots of fun tips and techniques and took home a wonderful piece of artwork. Thank you Julie- and delicious cake!
Christine Barnsley - - #11558
Thank you for all your help with my machine which was misbehaving! Learnt loads of new techniques and enjoyed it very much.
Viv Green - - #11557
I spent the day doing a fabulous free machine embroidery course. It was amazing! Julie is a generous, knowledgable and creative lady! Thoroughly recommend it..
Wendi Bowron- Weller - - #11408
Wow what a day!!
I achieved so so much, lots of guidance and encouragement. I am very pleased with my results and have virtually finished. A lovely fun day, and Julie is smashing!
Val Cox - - #11407
Fantastic creative day, only problem is that it went too quickly. Julie is a very talented lady and has given me inspiration to carry on at home.
Naomi Hitchman - - #11406
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.
Sue Lynch - - #11405
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.
Anita Lycett - - #11404
An excellent day. Julie is very kind, patient and full of amazing skills and ideas.
Den belcher - - #11326
An excellent day. Friendly group, confidence building teaching. I loved every second. One of the best workshops I have ever done.
Kerry kernan - - #11324
A wonderful day to spend a day. I look forward to putting my new skills to use. Thanks!
Deborah Whittaker - - #11323
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!
Karen Olorenshaw - - #11322
Excellent day, well paced with wonderful achievable content. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I'll definitely come again!
Jackie Collis - - #10938
Another amazing day with Julie. A thoroughly inspiring and satisfying day, with a new experience using a machine.
Kate Deering - - #10937
Thank you for such an enjoyable day and lots of inspiration for a new hobby.
Carina Pink - - #10936
An inspiring, relaxing and creative day out. Highly reccommend!
Gillian Wesley - - #10935
This was without a doubt, the best workshop I have ever attended. So inspiring and you are so knowledgeable Julie. Can't wait for the lampshade course, thank you.
Pamela Gunn - - #10934
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!
Suzanne Ritter - - #10727
Fantastic course, relaxed and learnt a lot of new techniques. I shall be back! Thank you so much Julie .
Jennifer Saunders - - #10726
Really enjoyable day, learnt lots and and have a good piece of work to take home. No pressure, great atmosphere and Julie is a great teacher.
Julie Corfield - - #10725
A very gentle and relaxing introduction to a brand new craft for me. A very enjoyable and productive day.
Jane Haslam - - #10724
Absolutely fab day. Never thought I would be able to do it. Very enjoyable and looking forward to putting what I have learned into practice. Very patient teacher.
Anna Arayo - - #10629
Loved it. Learned so much in such a fun way. I am coming back to do another course.
Susan Jones - - #10628
I had a wonderful day, learning this beautiful technique. Julie was so helpful and gave us so many wonderful tips. I will most definitely be coming back.
Sarah Lane - - #10627
Fantastic day. Highly recommended. Julie is so helpful with showing you all the elements of machine embroidery.
Kate Chetwood - - #10626
Beautiful setting, clear instructions, encouraging teaching and a useful and individual finished product to take away. Will definitely look for more courses with Tigley Textiles.
Julie White - - #10459
Simply wonderful! Julie is an excellent and enthusiastic teacher. What seemed daunting became pleasurable. A fantastic day which I didn't want to end. Thank you!!!
Julia Cottrell - - #10004
Fantastic day, learned so much! So many different ideas. I'll never throw away another piece of material, lace etc away again!
Pauline Parkins - - #10003
Wow! What an amazing day. I have learned so much! Fantastic company, studio, teacher and resources. Can't wait to come again- loved it!
Sarah O'Hara - - #10002
I came to the free motion embroidery workshop not knowing a thing , and came away with lots of inspiration and knowledge. A fabulous day of sewing.
Karen Mitzer - - #10001
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day more than I expected- we got through so much and Julie was fab explaining it all.
Elaine harrison - - #10000
An absolutely fabulous day. Julie is a gifted teacher who inspires even the most inexperienced stitcher to produce a piece of work to be proud of.
Annabelle Swann - - #9932
Thank you for a lovely day. Lots of helpful advice and assistance, everything at an achievable pace. I do love my finished piece! 😁
Janet Rowe - - #9931
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.
Gillian Widdowson - - #9930
Thank you for an enjoyable and fun day. You had great and informed teaching skills. Would love to be able to come again ( from Australia).
KeriNei - - #9928
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!
Lesley Issac Penny - - #9927
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
Annie James - - #9648
Thank you so much for a most enjoyable day. Learnt loads, great company, beautiful environment. A very inspiring day!
Jane Phillips - - #9493
Absolutely fantastic day. Felt completely shattered at the end of the day, but loved every minute of it. A really inspirational day, thank you.
Jill Bischert - - #9492
I love, love, love machine embroidery! Julie's teaching is fab and I always (3rd time) take away a piece of work that I'm proud of.
Kate Ross - - #9491
What a fantastic day!! Go!!!! That's all I can say! You won't regret it.
Hilary Shedel - - #9490
Great day, gained a lot more confidence with machine embroidery and some handy design ideas. Thank you very much Julie!
Alison Cutner - - #9489
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!
Jane Spencer - - #9445
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.
Joy Garrigues - - #9153
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.
Helen Morrison - - #9036
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.
Sonia Jackson - - #8862
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.
Sarah Machin - - #8851
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!
Jill Downing - - #8269
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.
Sue Nash - - #8256
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.
Coral Milborrow - - #8251
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 .
Margaret Grieve - - #8250
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!
Jill Bell - - #7959
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
Sue Beckett - - #7958
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.
Beverley - - #7700
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!
Angela - - #7616
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.
Jan - - #7317
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
Jenny Doyle - - #7226
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
Elizabeth boyes - - #6723
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
Marie Flowers - - #6722
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
Liz Penter - - #6274
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