Creative Sewing with Your Sewing Machine
with Kathleen Laurel Sage

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Creative Sewing with Your Sewing Machine with Kathleen Laurel Sage

Watch Kathy's introdution to the class.  Flick through the photos to see some of the fabulous things you could be making.

In this exciting monthly class, you will be shown and encouraged to use your sewing machine to push the boundaries and make full use of everything that your machine has to offer.  You will learn how to make full use of any programmed stitches and to confidently free motion stitch and draw with your needle.

Each month you will produce small projects using these new skills along with a variety of creative products such as water-soluble film, voiles, paints and yarns with layers of stitched fabrics, lace, cords and wires to create a body of work to showcase all your new skills.

A sewing machine is always necessary for this course.  We recommend that the sewing machine should be capable of either dropping the feed dogs or use of a plate to cover the feed dogs as this is necessary for many of the Creative Sewing days.  There are a limited number of suitable machines for hire from Tudor Rose Patchwork and must be booked in advance of the day.

Two groups will run over 12 months, one on a Tuesday and the other a Wednesday.  These will be run as separate groups and as such, days will not be interchangeable.   Classes are £34 paid in advance.  However, you can book a block of 10 for £250.  Please call the shop on 01234 824983 if you cannot attend the first date and we can transfer bookings - see our Cancellation Policy.

Tuesday 2024:  16 April, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 20 August, 17 September, 15 October, 19 November and 17 December. 2025: 21 January, 18 February, 18 March.

Wednesday 2024:  8 May, 12 June, 10 July, 14 August, 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, 11 December. 2025:  15 January, 12 February, 12 March.

AprilCreating an interesting fabric with machine embroidery:  let your machine help you create several diverse and creative fabrics that can be used for backgrounds and coverings.  Kathleen will show you how to use your fabrics to layer, machine and cut through to create stunning effects.

MayDragonfly water bowl:  Learn how to layer organza fabrics between water soluble film and make a dimensional stitched bowl with beautiful dragonflies hovering around it.  In this class you will be using a soldering iron, free motion stitching, water soluble film and layers of sheer fabrics.

June - Harp string suspended machine embroidery:  create small freeform embroideries working over strings of wrapped threads.  Kathleen will show you that your sewing machine can cope with working in thin air as she navigates the free motion stitching from one string to another creating a luscious fabric made of threads.

July - free machine embroidered portraits from family photos:  let Kathleen show you how to pen draw using your sewing machine and thread to capture the person in your photograph.  Learn how free motion embroidery can realistically capture people and animals in stitch.

Augustwater soluble and soldered organza flowers - sunflowers and summer flowers:  Kathleen will show you how to machine beautiful summer flowers and sunflowers using water soluble film, organza and free motion stitching to create a free-standing bloom or a posy in a hoop.

Septemberreturn to cable stitching - cover a box:  learn how to put thick threads in your sewing machine's bobbin to create stunning texture in your work.  Once Kathleen has you up and running she will show you how to use your textured embroidery to make or cover a box to put that little something special in for yourself or as a gift for a friend.

Octoberwater soluble butterflies in needle lace: using water soluble film and free motion stitching you will learn how to make a free form needle lace butterfly to display on a covered cord tree bark.

Novembermachine embroidery and applique shapes - create a dimensional piece:  work a fabric that is strong enough to cut up and make a sculptural embroidery.  You will be shown how to choose and arrange your fabrics before free motion contouring aorund them with bright variegated threads to create a striking panel or a dimensional embroidery.

December - cut work machine embroidery:  create a panel using layers and creative cutwork techniques along with free motion embroidery.  Kathleen will show you how to make an interesting background, how to cut and apply your cut work design using free motion embroidery.

Januaryfelt and stitch:  using scraps of fabric you will learn how to cut and place them to create an image that you will then add detailing with stitch to elevate and bring it to life.

February - machine embroidery around a simple glass vase:  create three-dimensional embroidery around a glass vase using free motion machine embroidery and sheer fabrics along with wire work and use of a soldering iron.

March - layer, stitch and expose:  in this class you will layer fabrics under net and machine embroider into it before cutting back and exposing the jewel colours hidden underneath.

Click here to view our other classes and workshops.  

In addition to spending your time crafting, Tudor Rose Patchwork offers a special lunchtime menu at O For Coffee for students.  You can choose from a selection of jacket potatoes, sandwiches, paninis, toasties and soups.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Should Tudor Rose Patchwork have to cancel a group meeting you will receive a full refund or a transfer to the next expected date (with your agreement).
  • Should you wish to cancel your attendance on a group meeting, please phone or e-mail us  by 5pm of the day prior to the group meeting to arrange a payment transfer.  If cancelling for a Monday group meeting, please phone or e-mail by 5pm on Saturday.
  • If a pattern is availabe and you cannot attend any paid for day then Tudor Rose patchwork will arrange for you to receive the pattern.
  • Patterns remain the property of the tutor and should not be copied, passed on or used for teaching purposes without  the permission of the tutor.