Thursday 6th July: 9.30-2.30
Free motion stitching on your sewing machine is a liberating experience! With a few tweaks to the set-up of your machine you’ll take charge of where those stitches go. You can use this technique to ‘draw’ with your machine, or you can start with an applique (cut fabric) base, using shapes to create any image you like, before free-motion stitching on top.
Come along to this with some creative ideas and some fabric scraps and learn the techniques you need to create something beautiful. Basic calico, embroidery hoops and stabilising fabrics will be supplied. There will also be a fabric scrap bucket to rummage in if you don’t have what you need. You can ‘play’ and test out your technique on calico before moving onto your chosen design using your own base fabric, or just spend the day trying out different designs. You might like to think about what your design could be used for: perhaps a cushion panel, an apron pocket, a zipped pouch or a tote bag. You can even make iron-on patches, like the ‘stitches’ example in the images below, or simply create a work of art to go in a frame.
Once you have signed up, advice will be on hand regarding how to choose your fabric, and sizes if you are making something particular.
If you bring your own sewing machine, you must be able to either drop the feed-dogs, or cover them with a needle plate (supplied with your machine if relevant). You will also need an embroidery foot for your machine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.