These are designed to share some of the textile techniques which I use myself, including dyeing, stencilling and machine embroidery using materials and techniques which are straightforward to continue with yourself.  Materials are included but bring your own sewing machine if you can.

The workshops are based in my studio near New Galloway and for up to four people at a time, so everyone gets plenty of individual attention.  I charge £240 per day for the group.  They normally run from 10.00-4.00 and I provide teas, coffees, and a light lunch.

So find three friends or get together four people from your embroiderers’ or quilting group and we can sort out possible dates to suit you.  If you would like more information on any of the workshops please get in touch and I will send you more details or if you would like to discuss a particular idea not listed below I would be very happy to consider it.

The Workshops:

Woods and Wildflowers – 3 day workshop (can be 3 consecutive days or spread out).  A three-day workshop which will guide you through producing a quilted panel full of colour and detail, using a combination of dye-painting, stencilling, quilting and machine embroidery.  

Two Day Tree – 2 day workshop  (can be 2 consecutive days or spread out) Using masking, painting and machine embroidery to create the silhouette of a tree against a colourful background, then adding texture and detail using machine embroidery and quilting.  

Basic Machine Embroidery – Tricks and Techniques – 1 day workshop.  A one-day workshop learning techniques and producing samples based on some of the processes I use myself, including appliqué, quilting and some free-motion stitching.  Ideal for beginners, or anyone with basic sewing skills but wanting to find out what else they can do with their machine!

Creating Texture with Machine Embroidery – 1 day workshop.  Using free-motion embroidery to experiment and create different textures including quilting, applying and manipulating different fabrics, different machine stitching techniques and using water-soluble stabiliser.  You should go home with plenty of samples and ideas for future projects. 

Dyeing for Landscapes – 2 day workshop (can be 2 consecutive days or spread out).  Techniques for using cold-water fibre-reactive dyes for dye-painting and to create a good range of colours and effects on cotton, linen and silk, then using these fabrics to create landscape panels.

“I have learnt so much and it  is great to be able to concentrate on just creating and stitching. Hospitality was spot on and the venue was wonderful.”

“Well planned and thought out, giving lots of time to “play” and experiment with examples”