Free Motion Embroidery and Applique Course Hare Peeping Through Foliage with Jo Hill on Saturday 18th June


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Free Motion and Applique Course. Hare Peeping Through Foliage with Jo Hill

Saturday 18th June – 10am until 4pm

On this free motion embroidery and appliqué course you will spend the day creating your own textile piece.
Why not sign up for this fun and enjoyable workshop where you will learn exciting new skills under excellent guidance from Jo who ensures that each workshop is friendly and encouraging. The day will include lots of demonstrations by Jo, clear instructions as well as time to practice your skills before working on a final piece.
This workshop is the perfect introduction to free motion embroidery and will be tailored to the individual needs of the students, whether you are a complete beginner or at a more intermediate level.
During the day you will learn a variety of techniques to create your finished textile piece. There will be plenty of inspiration available for you, Jo has a library of design ideas all inspired by British wildlife, as well as her own unique hand-drawn designs.
Free motion embroidery is an exciting technique where you are able to ‘draw’ with the sewing machine by lowering the feed dogs and moving the fabric around under the needle. It is also known as freehand sewing and thread painting. This is a technique that Jo has refined over the years and uses this method in all her textile pieces. Jo has many years experience in free-motion embroidery and you will learn how to use the sewing machine to its full potential… you will be amazed at the results!
During the morning session, you will spend the time learning different techniques. Jo will demonstrate and then you will practice, gaining confidence in your ability. After lunch you will make your finished piece.
What previous participants have to say:
“I absolutely loved this course. Jo is a talented and imaginative artist. Her excellent tutoring meant that the instructions were clear and set at a good pace. She didn’t intrude but was always available to help. Would thoroughly recommend a course with Jo. ”
“Friendly atmosphere, clear instruction and encouragement from Jo. I felt filled with confidence, and as a result produced something I was surprised I was so pleased with!”

What to bring – please read!

Please bring with you, your sewing machine and its accessories and an extension table if you have one, general sewing kit, sharp scissors

*8″ wooden embroidery hoop (can be purchased at Poppy Patch but please let us know before hand so we have enough stock).

Your sewing machine will need to be able to lower the feed dogs, to enable free-motion stitching. Please also bring along a darning foot or free motion embroidery foot for your machine. I will carry a few spares but they may not fit your machine.

*Patchwork weight fabrics or we have loads in the shop. Jo will have a supply of fabrics, embroidery threads and design ideas plus templates that students will be welcome to use for the workshop!

*Machine embroidery threads.

*Thin fabrics include cottons such as patchwork and quilting fabrics or shirt material.
*A general sewing kit comprises of spare bobbins, spare machine needles, threads, small scissors for cutting threads and medium scissors for cutting fabrics.

Travel Iron and ironing pad or there is one standard size one to share at Poppy Patch.

General sewing kit and pencil

*Sharp scissors

*Disappearing pen (such as a Frixion pen).

*Spare machine needles are always a good idea too!


Sewing machines can be hired from Jo for £10 each, per day and she has two available – please let me know in advance if you require one.

*Can be purchased at Poppy Patch


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