Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

Course Dates: 14/10/21 - 18/11/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.
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Course Code: VX303

Started Thu, eve, 14 Oct - 18 Nov '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Exploring, experimenting and developing machine embroidered work.

This course will be very practical. We will explore a variety of ways of using the sewing machine for creative embroidery, developing up a collection of samples and design ideas around a theme. You will use a variety of materials from paper to water dissolvable fabric. To keep the ideas flowing we will look at some contemporary embroidery and its application.

What will we cover?

You will be shown how to use the sewing machine for free embroidery with traditional machine stitching, in a variety of ways to create interesting stitched work.
You will explore a visual theme to help develop interesting imagery and surface design. You wil learn how you can interpret your designs in a variety of ways including appliqué, water soluble fabric and using a variety of thick, thin and couching threads. It will be possible to work with both fabric and paper and other media.
Pieces created on this course can lead onto textile art projects or applied to more practical ideas in soft furnishings of fashion.

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

All students will be able to:
- Use the sewing machine for creative free machine embroidery
- Use water-soluble fabric to create lacy surfaces or patterns
- Use a sketchbook or sheets to research and develop design ideas from a theme
- Work with a variety of thread types on the machine
- Use simple appliqué techniques
- How some understanding of contemporary embroidery

Intermediate students will be able to :
• Combine techniques to create expressive embroidery
• Extend design challenges to make them more personal.

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

This course is for beginners or intermediate students that want to extend their embroidery and design skills within a structured course.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and you 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?

You will be taught with practical demonstrations to the group and individual help where needed.
All handouts and course information will be accessed via our Google classroom eLearning portal.Samples of stitching and design work will be shown and further supported with a variety of books and PowerPoint shows.
There will be some informal group discussions with group and individual feedback provided.All handouts and course information will be accessed via our Google classroom eLearning portal. Details on how you can login will be sent to you prior to the start date.

Students may enjoy working in their sketch book outside of the classroom to enrich their sessions.
There will be suggestions on homework that will help your projects move on.This may include things like collecting images from magazines, researching certain textiles on the internet or short design challenges.

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

Please make sure that you have some scraps of fabric or beads. You will need to buy a sketchbook.
Your tutor will advise you if you need to get anything extra during the course.

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

City Lit offers a wide selection of courses in Textiles and Contemporary Crafts for beginners through to advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website to view our upcoming courses.

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. https://www.renataminoldo.com/

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