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Seedheads, grasses & flowers, 1 day free motion machine embroidery workshop

Snow drops by Alison Whateley

About the Course

Free motion machine embroidery is a very addictive technique which is becoming very popular. Learn how to draw in stitch using your sewing machine, and take home a finished piece of textile art all ready to hang on your wall. This workshop focuses on producing a piece of work based on the theme of seed heads, grasses and flowers.

I will start the day by going through the basic techniques, including how to set up your sewing machine. I will then guide you through the process of choosing your composition, looking at colour combinations, selecting fabrics,and stitching the detail. I will demonstrate each stage as we go along and supply inspiration in the form of photographs and actual plant specimens for you to draw from. If you have images of your own you would like to use please feel free to bring them along.

Once your piece is completed I will finish the day by teaching you how to mount and frame it, ready for you to take home with you.

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?

A large selection of fabrics, lace, buttons and beads.
Artist quality adhesive backing board.
White frame and mount ( 4.5"x 4.5"aperture )

You will need to bring...

A sewing machine that can be adapted for free motion embroidery.
A free motion / darning foot for your machine.
Spare bobbins.
Embroidery needles for your machine
Threads (although I will have mine with me that you can use too )
Packed lunch and drink.


Alison Whateley at Alison Whateley Design
Silverton Church Hall
Church Road
Silverton, Exeter
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  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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- - #25346

What an exciting day, with lots of fabrics to choose from & lots of ideas to inspire.
Alison is a truly amazing artist & teacher. She also had a vast collection of her hand made cards available, which help with ideas for your own work.
Thank you, Alison.

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- - #23012

A really informative course for all levels. Alison shared lots of tips and, because of the small number of participants, gave lots of individual tuition. Looking forward to the next course in September.

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- - #21564

A fantastic course, very well run and with loads of instruction and tips. I really enjoyed the day and came away with a beautiful picture. Great value too.

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- - #21539

I really enjoyed this informative day course run by the inspirational Alison Whateley. She was very generous in her encouragement and where to source the necessary materials, all given in a very relaxed atmosphere.

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