Creative machine embroidery
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
Course Code: VO209
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Exploring, experimenting and developing machine embroidered work, combining a variety of textile techniques and mixed media. This online 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. We will look at some contemporary embroidery and its application in fashion, interior design and visual arts.
What will we cover?
Session 1: Materials, using the machine, couched threads, mixed media
Session 2: Densely stitched fabrics, free motion quilting
Session 3: Bobbin work and tailor tacking foot techniques
Session 4: Constructing water soluble grids, nets and 2d objects
Session 5: Patchwork and link fabrics with continuous machine stitches on water soluble fabric.
Session 6: Apply and combine 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 a variety of machine embroidery techniques
- Use a sketchbook or sheets to research and develop design ideas from a theme
- Develop your own ideas and applying and mixing techniques for fabric embellishment
- Improve your use of a domestic machine embroidery
- Improve your drawing and observation skills
Advanced students will be able to:
- Extend design challenges to make them more personal
- Work on their own personal projects.
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?
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?
Materials and tools needed for this course:
- 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 (feel free to recycle old bed sheets,
curtains or so!)
- 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)
- 0.5 yard of water soluble fabric
- 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
- You will be taught using Google Meet / Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- If you are using a tablet or mobile device you will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VO130 Freehand machine embroidery
VX422 Woven textiles: experimental dye and colouring
VX341 Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles.
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/
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.