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How to Draw with Free Motion Embroidery

“How to” Draw with Free-Motion Embroidery


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Date and Time of Class: July 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The “How to” series of workshops with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, are short micro workshops to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes.
The theme for this workshop is Chickens, always a firm favourite as a cheerful motif design. In this workshop Gary will show you how to transfer the images supplied with a simple tracing process and then develop with collaged fabrics into a beautiful, stitched piece of work. With your outcome you can make a simple cushion cover or just keep it to be framed later. This is an ideal project to practice the skill of free-motion embroidery using a simple sewing machine.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop

Gary has developed a simple yet effective way to practice your accuracy and a steady hand for free motion embroidery. You will be tracing, collaging, and stitching using a sewing machine to create chicken images on fabric.

Level of Experience

  • The class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate with some machine sewing experience.

Materials / Equipment required by Attendees


Use pure cotton or linen.

  • To make a cushion cover measuring 18” you need 3 x pure white or light cream cotton or linen measure 20” x 20” each.
  • A few small scraps of fabric for the collage


  • Pins
  • A pencil
  • 2x A4 sheets of Freezer Paper (can be purchased for 50p a sheet)
  • Small embroidery scissors, fabric shears or rotary cutter
  • Good quality machine thread Black and White
  • Sewing Machine (needle size 12-14) and a darning / embroidery foot (spares available to borrow if you need one)

If you do not have a Sewing Machine, or don’t want to bring your own, you can use one of our latest Brother demonstration machines for the nominal fee of £3.00 per session.


  • Gary Mills