Freehand machine embroidery

Course Dates: 29/04/21 - 03/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Improve your freehand machine embroidery techniques focusing on working on lacy surfaces on water soluble fabrics and patchwork on this online course. Create lace patches and fillings for embellishment. Learn about continuous patterns and lace techniques.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £115.00

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Course Code: VO130

Started Thu, eve, 29 Apr - 03 Jun '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will be focused on learning how to work with water soluble fabrics and how to create lacy surfaces using free motion machine embroidery techniques. There will be many exercises including drawing, research and sketchbook work in preparation to work with your samples. This course will be very practical, hands on and experimental. To keep things flowing we will look at some classic and contemporary hand embroidery examples on Fashion and Interior Design.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Session 1: Basic grids to create lacy surfaces to make samples
Session 2: Free motion grids, lacy networks and bobbin work on water soluble fabric.
Session 3: Patchwork and link fabrics with continuous machine stitches on water soluble fabric.
Session 4: Lace patches and accessories as well as lace fillings.
Session 5: On this session we will work on designing and making lace edges
Session 6: Apply and combining the variety of techniques on a personal project.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

All students will be able to:
- Feel confident working with water soluble fabrics
- Have acquired a variety of continuous stitch techniques for machine embroidery
- Use a sketchbook or sheets to research and develop design ideas from a theme
- Make your own lace patches and edges
- Improve your use of a domestic machine embroidery
- Improve your drawing and observation skills

Advanced students will be able to:
- Further explore lacy surfaces on water soluble fabrics
- Extend design challenges to make them more personal.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for those students who already have some knowledge on how to use a domestic machine for machine embroidery and are already familiar with basic machine embroidery techniques. You should be able to have a basic knowledge of how to operate a computer and follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a
tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
- We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
- You will be taught with online practical demonstrations to the group and individual help where needed. Digital handouts will be provided where they are useful. Samples and examples will be shown and further supported with a variety of books and PowerPoint presentations. There will be some informal group discussions and feedback will be given both individually and within the group. There will be suggestions for some homework that will help the projects move on. This will include exercises like making a moodboard, making some extra samples, collecting images
from magazines and looking up for certain examples on the internet. Students may enjoy working in their sketchbook outside of the classroom to enrich their sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

As this is a course for intermediate machine embroidery students. Ideally you should have:

A domestic sewing machine
A small screwdriver (this usually comes with your sewing machine)
Sewing machine feet: Standard Foot and Darning foot. The standard foot is the one that comes with the machine. Make sure that the darning foot you get is compatible with your sewing machine.
An extra bobbin case (ideally) and two or three extra bobbins
2 yards of plain white calico or some other cotton woven fabric
Fabric scraps: gather any you might have at home before buying more and we'll explore possibilities, you can also recycle some curtains or garments which prints you like
Fabric scissors: ideally, you will have special scissors only to be used to cut fabrics.
Sewing machine needles: size 11, 12 and 14. Three of each in case they break.
Sewing thread: mixed cotton and polyester, Gutterman is an excellent brand, in the colours you prefer.
Embroidery floss, colours of your choice
Thick thread and varied yarns (again, before buying, gather what you’ve got at home)
A plastic embroidery hoop of 9.84 inches (25cm)
1 yard of water soluble fabrics
One or two polyester or cork tiles
An ironing board and an iron
Parchment paper
Paper scissors
Paper scraps
A notebook and some coloured pencils or pens
A ruler and a pencil
A phone with a camera or a digital camera to photograph your work.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Have a browse of the rest of our programme of surface design and courses on the links above.

Renata Minoldo

Renata Minoldo is an artist and educator exploring the physical and emotional body through textiles, sculpture and experiences with people. She has an academic training in Fashion and Visual Arts and hands on experience in the Fashion Industry working in London and New York. She is interested in alternative ways to approaching art education, aiming to stimulate an intuitive learning and focusing on the individual processes and needs. She works with a wide variety of people, from children in galleries and primary schools to teenagers and older adults in community centres, charities and public spaces. Her work has been awarded with residencies internationally.

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