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Free Motion Embroidered Cushion workshop

12 March @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Drawing with your sewing machine is fun and rewarding. In this one day workshop you will be shown how to prepare your fabric and set up your sewing machine for free motion embroidery. Then, you can start drawing. Once you have explored how to guide your free motion stitching, you will be shown how to create a fabric version of the place you call home. Working from your own photo or from an image provided, you will be shown how to carefully cut fabric pieces to applique your design onto a fabric panel. Then you will use free motion embroidery to outline and add detail to your picture. Once you have finished, the panel will be used as the front of a lined, envelope style cushion. As zips can break and ties can tear, the envelope style is the most durable option because it is easy to get on and off when it needs washing. You will finish the workshop having made a unique, personalised cushion to snuggle up with (or showcase on a chair!) at home.

This is a perfect workshop if you know the basics of using a sewing machine. Don’t be put off by the idea of drawing. Think swirls, curves, doodles and words. Change the colour of thread and think shades, tones and contrasts. Whichever way suits you, after the workshop you’ll know how to set up your machine for lots of fun with free motion sewing.

Materials provided include: Cotton fabric, double sided fusible interfacing, fabric oddments for applique, cushion pad, grease proof paper

Workshop times: ALL DAY 10.30am to 12.45pm 1.30pm – 4pm

What you need to bring: sewing machine, free motion embroidery foot, sewing cotton, scissors, pins and a photo of the place you call home.

IMPORTANT: Before booking you will need to check that you can raise and lower the feed dog teeth on your sewing machine.  What does this mean?  Find out here

You will also need to buy a free motion embroidery foot.  These are available here

Venue information: Navistitch is a fabulous shop and Art studio situated at 28 High Street in Manningtree (CO11 1AJ).  Workshops take place in the Sail loft which is upstairs.  Unfortunately this means that there is no access for anyone who has limited mobility.  Please note that the stairs are narrow – a fabulous feature of the listed building, but do consider this when you book.

Parking: There is no parking at the venue.  There is a free car park on Kiln Lane which is less than a 10 minute walk from Navistitch.  Details can be found here

Lunch:  You are welcome to bring a cold packed lunch.  There are places you may like visit for a snack close by. It is worth booking as they can be busy over the lunch period. Hobson’s Deli & Cafe Cafe Rio

Estuary Wine Bar (no commission for links…just recommended!)


12 March
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The Sail Loft
Navistitch, 28 High Street, Manningtree
Colchester, CO11 1AJ Colchester
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