Drawing with Stitch

Free machine embroidery is a machine sewing technique that enables 'drawing' in a freehand way on fabric using stitch. Using your own sewing machine (or you can borrow one from the studio by prior arrangement), learn how to set up and use your machine for free machine embroidery. You will also discover how to select, adapt and transfer an image onto fabric prior to stitching; how to use soluble/dissolvable fabric; and how to create 3-dimensional forms using free machine embroidery.The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor as required

Session 1: Setting up your machine, practising free machine embroidery; selecting, adapting and transferring an image onto fabricSession 2: Stitching your design onto fabric; using soluble/dissolvable fabrics
Session 3: Experimenting with ways to create 3-dimensional forms using free machine embroidery

Calico fabric, stitch n tear backing fabric, soluble fabric, a range of coloured machine embroidery threads (please feel free to bring any of your own machine embroidery threads or fabrics that you would like to try too)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:Please bring: your own sewing machine (or you can borrow one by prior arrangement) with an embroidery/darning foot (essential!). You will need to be able to drop the feed dog teeth on your sewing machine, so please bring your machine manual. You will also need some linear drawings, designs or images of your choice