Introduction to Machine Embroidery

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Sat 29th June 2019
10am – 5pm

Kingston upon Thames

In this informative and inspiring full day workshop you will learn how to really make the most of a sewing machine, using it to ‘draw’ and create a set of unique images based on designs of your choice. 

During the workshop, you will learn how to set up a sewing machine for free machining and also how to prepare the images and fabrics. After watching a range of demonstrations, you will then experiment with different ways to add colour to your images, using thread, pens and dye, as well as experimenting with free machined cording techniques.

Home made (sometimes home grown!) lunch is included, as are all materials and a set of technical handouts to support your day’s learning.

The workshop is run with small groups of just 2 people and is held in Ruth Blackford’s comfortable and cosy garden studio close to Richmond Park and Kingston town centre. 

Ruth has 26 years of 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. She has also been a practicing artist and designer for 30 years, exhibiting nationwide and working commercially within the fields of textiles and illustration.

You can use Ruth’s 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.

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This workshops is hosted by Ruth Blackford

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