I am an experienced workshop leader and have worked with a wide range of different groups in a variety of settings, as you can see on my Portfolio pages. On this page you can see a selection of the workshops I offer, all of which can be adapted to suit a wide variety of ages and abilities. I am always happy to create a new workshop for a group so if you have something particular in mind please contact me and I'll see what I can do! For more information, availability or to book a workshop please contact me.
I also offer a range of online learning options for those unable to attend my 'real life' workshops. I can also offer 1:1 sessions via zoom, please contact me for more details.
For details of workshops I'm running for other organisations and venues that you may wish to attend please see the news page.
Hand Embroidery: Embellishing Printed Fabric
Many people are keen to try embroidery but are put off by a perceived lack of design skills. In this workshop we will look at how we can use printed fabric as a base for embroidery; using the design and colours of the print to inspire experimentation with a range of stitches. This workshop is ideal for beginners wanting to try new stitches and also for more experienced stitchers who are keen to expand their stitch repertoire.
Bird and Animal Portraits: An Introduction to Machine Embroidery and Applique
Learn how to use your sewing machine as a drawing machine and create a beautiful bird or animal portrait. We'll look at how to set up your machine, how to 'draw' with your machine, how to transfer a design onto cloth and how to apply other fabrics to add colour and texture to your portrait. Templates are provided or bring your own photo or design to work from. Suitable for beginners this workshop will also provide lots of useful hints and tips for more experienced stitchers.
Delicate Threads: Free Machine Embroidery on Water Soluble Fabric
In this workshop we'll explore different machine embroidery techniques on water soluble fabric; allowing us to create delicate thread sculptures and motifs. Some experience with a sewing machine is an advantage for this workshop but confident beginners are welcome!
Inspired By Nature: Mini Hangings
Do you have a collection of natural treasures that you'd like to use in your work but are not sure how? This workshop will explore ways of combining fabrics, found objects, natural treasures such as feathers and shells and hand embroidery to create beautiful mini hangings.
Shadow Work: Traditional Techniques, Modern Approaches
Working with a range of sheer fabrics and different threads we'll explore some traditional shadow work techniques and think about how we can use them in a more modern way. We'll look at shadow work stitches and shadow applique and how to combine them to create delicate designs. Templates are provided but participants are encouraged to use their own designs and adapt my templates if they wish.
Drawing on Fabric for Embroidery
This workshop explores how we can use fabric pens, pastels and crayons to create a design on fabric which we can then use as a base for embroidery. We will explore a range of techniques including transferring a design onto cloth, mark making and colour blending. This workshop is perfect for those looking to take their embroidery designs to the next level by creating their own designs on cloth and is also suitable for beginners as templates can be provided.
Cut, fold, stick and experiment your way to a set of unique books. We'll explore several different ways of making books using (almost) no stitching and making use of papers and other materials you probably already have lying around.
I offer a variety of felt making workshops including felt pictures, basic 3D felt and felt beads and jewellery, suitable for beginners and those with more experience.
Suffolk Puff Textile Jewellery
Suffolk Puffs are a traditional form of patchwork, known in America as yo-yo's. In this workshop we will look at how to make the basic Suffolk puff and then how to use them to create unusual textile jewellery pieces. You could make a brooch, necklace, hair slides or whatever else you fancy!
Textile Jewellery: Suffolk Puffs
Bird Embroidery Kits
Inventive Sketchbooks: Online Video Course