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Machine embroidery - stitch doodling with Julie Brand at Tigley Textiles in Worcester

Duration: 6 hours 10am - 4pm

Price: £75

Book with: Julie Brand
at Tigley Textiles

The Paddocks
Broadway Road
Birlingham, Pershore
WR10 3AF

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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 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. WR10 3AF

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.

Want to review this course?

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!

- - #24693

Lovely relaxed course and I'm so pleased with the results- New addiction!

- - #24692

I can't believe I managed to create something so beautiful. Julie is an inspiration, relaxed environment and a thoroughly enjoyable day. Can't wait to return.

- - #24691

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!

- - #23902

Inspiring workshop and great to make a finished piece. Thank you!

- - #23901

Fantastic day. Thank you so much for your patience and guidance. Lovely cake.

- - #23900

What a fantastic day! Learned so much and very excited to try out new skills at home. Thank you for such a wonderful Sunday!

- - #23899

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.

- - #21700

Excellent plan for the day. Plenty to do but scope to go your own way if desired- but not in my case!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #21440

I had the most amazing day, and will be back!!! Thank you so much.

- - #21439

Loved it! machine embroidery is no longer scary!

- - #20922

I have had a really lovely day. I have learnt so much. You have also been very kind and encouraging.

- - #20921

Brilliant! Really enjoyable and "art" to take away!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #20918

Completely absorbing and so much fun- I'll be back! Thank you Julie

- - #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.

- - #20916

Fantastic class for a beginner like me! Ive learned so much from Julie, so much fun!

- - #18338

A really super day, with a lovely finished sampler to take home.Julie was friendly, very knowledgeable and patient!

- - #18337

A fabulous day. I never knew I had such a creative side. Thank you for a lovely day.

- - #18336

A thoroughly enjoyable day- I've learned so much. I'm sure this piece will be the first of many.

- - #18335

Julie is wonderful! Relaxing and creative day.

- - #17599

A wonderful relaxing day. Thoroughly enjoyed and would like to do another. Thank you.

- - #17598

Fabulous! I so enjoyed myself. A wonderful day! Must do more. Many many thanks.

- - #17597

A very enjoyable day. It has taken away the fear of machine embroidery, leant a lot!

- - #17596

Really enjoyable course. Learnt lots of useful techniques, will be returning to do Dragonflies and Hares.

- - #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

- - #16977

Fab Day!! A whole new world of creation. Thank you SO much Julie.

- - #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!

- - #16975

What a fantastic day. Thank you so much!

- - #15884

Great day, learnt masses!!! Would like to do a lampshade course sometime. Excellent day.

- - #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!

- - #15882

A friend in my village did this course- I had a great time! Lovely, clear instructions and a relaxed and happy day.

- - #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!!

- - #15880

A wonderful relaxing day in a beautiful place, with superb teaching and a wonderful result. I have learned so much today!

- - #15073

What an amazing day! Learned loads and loved every minute. Thank you Julie

- - #15072

A FANTASTIC day! I learned so much, thank you!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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! 😁

- - #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!!

- - #13478

Very useful and friendly workshop, geared to the individual. Now feel confident to do free machine embroidery at home- a really good introduction.

- - #13477

Arrived scared- left skilled! Good pace, good fun, and good instruction, thank you!

- - #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😁

- - #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.

- - #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!

- - #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!

- - #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!

- - #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!

- - #12889

A wonderful workshop and very inspiring.

- - #12888

Such an informative day! I feel so inspired. Julie is a brilliant teacher.

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #12611

What a lovely day! I have learned so much. Julie is an excellent teacher. Engrossing, creative and therapeutic workshop!

- - #12586

A very informative and lovely day. Great inspirational course. Highly recommend to friends.

- - #12585

Thank you for a great Christmas present. Really enjoyable day learning new techniques which I will continue at home.

- - #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!

- - #12583

Another wonderful day. Thank you so much, again, lots of new skills I have learned. The key- practise, practise, practise!!

- - #12525

Thank you so much for a fabulous day. Very exciting and a real joy! You are so encouraging and very well organised.

- - #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!

- - #12523

Thank you for a lovely, relaxing and inspiring day.

- - #12521

A very enjoyable day- thank you!

- - #12520

A very inspiring course. Learnt many new techniques. Thank you Julie .

- - #12314

Wonderful, I just had such fun! Lots of different techniques all leannt in one day, were so stimulating. I will definitely be back.

- - #12313

I had a wonderful day and have learnt some inspiring techniques, can't wait to try out the techniques again.

- - #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.

- - #12311

Very engaging day - lovely piece of work to take home and lots of new techniques. Also, great cake!

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #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!

- - #11558

Thank you for all your help with my machine which was misbehaving! Learnt loads of new techniques and enjoyed it very much.

- - #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..

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #11404

An excellent day. Julie is very kind, patient and full of amazing skills and ideas.

- - #11326

An excellent day. Friendly group, confidence building teaching. I loved every second. One of the best workshops I have ever done.

- - #11324

A wonderful day to spend a day. I look forward to putting my new skills to use. Thanks!

- - #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!

- - #11322

Excellent day, well paced with wonderful achievable content. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I'll definitely come again!

- - #10938

Another amazing day with Julie. A thoroughly inspiring and satisfying day, with a new experience using a machine.

- - #10937

Thank you for such an enjoyable day and lots of inspiration for a new hobby.

- - #10936

An inspiring, relaxing and creative day out. Highly reccommend!

- - #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.

- - #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!

- - #10727

Fantastic course, relaxed and learnt a lot of new techniques. I shall be back! Thank you so much Julie .

- - #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.

- - #10725

A very gentle and relaxing introduction to a brand new craft for me. A very enjoyable and productive day.

- - #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.

- - #10629

Loved it. Learned so much in such a fun way. I am coming back to do another course.

- - #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.

- - #10627

Fantastic day. Highly recommended. Julie is so helpful with showing you all the elements of machine embroidery.

- - #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.

- - #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!!!

- - #10004

Fantastic day, learned so much! So many different ideas. I'll never throw away another piece of material, lace etc away again!

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #10001

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day more than I expected- we got through so much and Julie was fab explaining it all.

- - #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.

- - #9932

Thank you for a lovely day. Lots of helpful advice and assistance, everything at an achievable pace. I do love my finished piece! 😁

- - #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.

- - #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).

- - #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!

- - #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

- - #9648

Thank you so much for a most enjoyable day. Learnt loads, great company, beautiful environment. A very inspiring day!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #9491

What a fantastic day!! Go!!!! That's all I can say! You won't regret it.

- - #9490

Great day, gained a lot more confidence with machine embroidery and some handy design ideas. Thank you very much Julie!

- - #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!
Thank you

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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 .

- - #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!

- - #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

- - #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.

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #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

- - #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

- - #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

- - #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

- - #6274

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 19th October 2019
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Thursday 28th November 2019
Sunday 19th January 2020
Tuesday 17th March 2020
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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