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Free Motion Embroidery Workshop


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting a free motion embroidery workshop for four lovely ladies who, very grudgingly, allowed me to take just one photo of them!


The workshop was a birthday present for the lady on the far right and, apart from the sewing, included lots of lovely tapas-style food and prosecco – not a good combination and, yes, one glass did get knocked over on the table!

None of them had ever attempted this type of machine sewing before but, after giving them a run through of the basics and a demonstration, they all managed to accomplish a few little samples.


If I remember correctly, the lady who created the brilliant musical notes below doesn’t even own a sewing machine!


About an hour in and after much laughter and false starts, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and got the hang of it – I love these seed heads.


My advice was to keep it simple to begin with and make sure the backing fabric isn’t too small to manoeuvre under the needle.


All the ladies said they thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and could see how addictive it could become.


I have dabbled a little, myself, with free motion embroidery, with things like this: –

But what I would REALLY love to do is something as fabulous as this! (image courtesy of DaysInDesign).


A course with Katie Essam is top of my wishlist right now…..

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48 thoughts on “Free Motion Embroidery Workshop

  1. What a great birthday present! Those musical notes are so good and I’d be very proud to have produced those seed heads. I went on a machinery embroidery course at Clothkits a while ago and really enjoyed it but have never got around to having a go at home!

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    • I used to manage without a dedicated foot but recently invested in one – no more skipped stitches! I love how creative you can be with this method, although I’m not very imaginative and tend to recreate designs I’ve seen elsewhere at the moment.

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  2. I would love to get that as a birthday present! It looks very fun! That last photo….it looks hard but gorgeous:)

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  3. Love free motion embroidery and have used it to embroider a sunflower, blackberries and currently an orchid. Have also made some small patches on paper to embellish my mixed media pieces. It’s my favourite use of my sewing machine, followed by making skirts and dresses.

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    • Yes, I’ve seen your work and love it! I don’t have much imagination for creating new designs but I love having a go regardless, if only small projects. I’d like to have a go at a large piece one day.


  4. It looks like everyone had a great time. The samples are so cute. The DaysinDesign is stunning, Alot of practicing went in to that one I am sure.

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  5. Lovely work by everyone & hope you all continue!

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  6. What a lovely birthday present. I love free motion embroidery and agree it can be very addictive. I have a really talented friend who does dog’s portraits in free motion embroidery. They’re fantastic- she’s done one of Hicks and it looks just like the picture I gave her to work from. Must find an excuse to blog about it one day and show you.

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    • Ooh, yes please, I’d love to see it! I’ve never tried anything other than the basics, but am totally inspired by the one at the bottom so you may see my version of it at some point.

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      • Ok. I’ll think of an excuse to post it. It is incredible. I’m also thinking they run some brilliant machine art type classes at Cowslip, near Launceston – which I think you’d enjoy and won’t be too far when you have your b&b on exmoor.


  7. What a fun way to spend a day. Each sample is uniquely creative and they’re all so cheery.

    The artists sample at the end is extraordinary. I would take her class, or yours, too.

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  8. had the best day… wish we could do it every Wednesday xxxx

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  9. That looks like a great day and the sewing is all so good! I admire anyone that can use a sewing machine, it’s something I wish I could do…I really like your tea cosy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. I love it all! I’d love to give it a go but not sure my machine is capable of such fancy things. Will have to look into it..

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  11. What a lovely birthday treat the lady and her friends must have had! Sewing…topped off with tapas and prosecco and they all did so well, especially the lady without a machine of her own ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Didn’t they do well! I’m pretty sure I would not have produced any legible writing during my first lesson – especially after a glass of prosecco – and I own a sewing machine!

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  13. What a clever bunch, they soon on cited it up, it must be the good teacher, or maybe the wine! I spotted the wickets and cricket bat! I might pinch that idea for some cushions. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. What a clever idea as a gift, absolutely a perfect way to spend a day with friends. And do something lovely like this.
    Lol. I own a sewing machine and have never attempted something as pretty as this. ๐Ÿ™‚ Its gorgeous.
    Well done to them all.

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  15. That look all so lovely! And intimidating for someone who has just mastered sewing in zippers ……

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  16. I’m giving myself a crash course in free motion quilting at the moment but I’d love to have a go at the embroidery too. I don’t suppose I would be able to attend a workshop – being in France – but couldn’t find details of any on her site in any case. I did see her ‘Workshop in a Bag’ kits which might be a good alternative for me. I’m tempted to go for one of the level one kits.

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  17. What a lovely creative workshop! Those ladies were really talented for their first goes! I love your projects they are delightful – the tea cosy is my favourite. That picture at the end is amazing! what a talented lady!

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  18. Wow! Lovely! You’ve inspired me. Cant wait to try a hand at free motion embroidery.

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  19. I love free motion embroidery but my machine had a definite aversion to it. Now Abi has her own machine perhaps I should give it another go on there ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  20. Yet again, I wished I lived closer to you so that you could give me some lessons ๐Ÿ™‚ Really lovely work!

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