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 create a diverse set of samples and images with a range of visual effects, from 'drawn' to decorative. You can work 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, applique, reverse applique, whip stitch, cording, couching and cutwork
- 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 2 days 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 2 days cost £115 each or if you want to do the course on your own it will cost £205.
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 on both days. You can use my Pfaff sewing machines, or bring your own if you 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.
Ruth is a very accomplished artist and I learnt a lot during my 2 day course. Ruth was very accommodating when it came to my goals. I acquired new skills, learnt to handle different threads and fabrics and feel ready to explore by myself. It is good to work on a 1:1 basis with a tutor.
Thank you for an enjoyable 2 days, Maria
Maria Elliott - - #19445
Such an amazing opportunity to have a tutor to yourself ! Ruth was very welcoming and I felt instantly at ease working in her studio. The 2 days flew by and they were well planned, I came away with new skills and confidence to continue creating on my own . The 2 day course is enough for any level to attend and come away feeling like they’ve developed new skills . Thoroughly recommended
Michelle Du Maurier - - #17905
A fantastic course for anyone who has a lot, little or no embroidery experience. Ruth Blackford is a great communicator.
Creative embroidery enthusiast - - #17882
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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