Textiles & Quilting

Introducing Machine Embroidery: Bird and Animal Portraits

From: £80.00

FRI, 24 June 2022

9:00 – 16:30

Turn your sewing machine into a drawing machine to create your own textile artwork.

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Our tutor Helen Walsh will help you learn how to use your sewing machine as a drawing machine and create a unique and beautiful piece of bird or animal inspired textile artwork.  A range of templates are provided, or you can bring a good quality image of your own (A4-A3 size.)  You will learn how to transfer your designs onto fabric, how to applique with fusible web and how to use the sewing machine to create expressive marks and build character in your work.

The course is suitable for beginners, but more experienced stitchers will also be able to pick up lots of hints and tips along the way.

About the Day

Introducing Machine Embroidery: Bird and Animal Portraits will run from 9am until 4.30pm and includes refreshments throughout the day including fresh coffee, teas and a light lunch.


9.00: Introduction: What the day will entail, looking at examples

9.15: Demonstration: Machine embroidery basics

9.30: Machine embroidery practice

10.30: Choosing templates and fabrics

11.00 Demonstration: How to transfer the design onto fabric and how to use fusible web

11.15-12.30: Constructing our designs using applique

12.30: Lunch

1.15: Demonstration: Different machine embroidery techniques

1.35: Stitching!

3.00: Break

3.15: Stitching!

4.00: Demonstration: How to finish off work and prepare for display

4.15: Sharing our work

Essential Information

You will need to bring a sewing machine (ideally one where you can drop the feed dogs or one with a darning plate), a darning foot (or embroidery foot, depending on machine), embroidery hoop, basic sewing kit (including spare machine needles).

Fabric and machine embroidery threads, fusible web and other basics will be supplied at a cost of £5 per person payable to the tutor on the day.  Spare embroidery hoops and templates will also be available.  You are welcome to bring your own interesting fabrics for applique and machine embroidery threads if you have them.

Please note our cancellation policy.

The workshop takes place in the Ground Floor Drawing Room.  There is a flight of stairs from the main entrance with a stair lift.

Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Helen Walsh

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Helen Walsh is an Artist and Creative Practitioner specialising in drawing and textiles, in particular embroidery. She is continually fascinated by the natural world and our connection to it. She is particularly interested in birds and their feathers and uses them as symbols in her work to explore the human desire to transcend. Choosing to work predominantly with natural fibres such as silk and linen Helen finds herself consistently drawn to traditional textile skills such as embroidery, knitting and dyeing and enjoys the connections with the often forgotten makers of the past that working this way gives her. Helen is a skilled and experienced workshop leader and works on a variety of community and education based arts projects working with a diverse range of people in a variety of settings. Helen’s aim is to enable people to unlock and explore their creativity.

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