Small Machine Embroidered Books with Sharon Peoples
In this workshop participants will learn how to machine embroider text and images for a small book that is housed within an embroidered box.
My art practice focuses on stitching and textiles. I have two strands to my work: machine embroidery and hand embroidery. Each strand responds to different ideas. I always ask ‘why am I embroidering this?’ Then work through which process is suitable or convincing. Recently I have enjoyed returning heavily machine embroidered textiles after pushing machine embroidered lace on soluble fabric to its sizeable limits.
I am a keen gardener in a harsh environment and love the birds that come and chat in my garden. In thinking of very large historic embroideries, such as the Bayeux Tapestry, the marks of stitchers, restorers and menders stand to illustrate the repair, care and protection that is required for the environment. I use my craft, embroidery, as a metaphor for repair.
Sewing machine serviced/ in good working order
All feet (darning or free motion embroidery, as well as normal sewing foot essential), machine accessories and manual. For free motion embroidery, you will need to know how to lower, or on some models, cover the feed teeth. Please refer to your machine manual or contact your dealer.
Note book and pen
General sewing kit:
- Scissors – paper, fabric cutting & embroidery;
- spare machine needles size 80 – 100 topstitch, metallic;
- spare bobbins;
- machine threads – embroidery, metallic, normal sewing & bobbin thread;
Fabrics and embellishments(Think about possible colour schemes when selecting fabrics and threads):
- Fabrics.75 metre (square) base fabric, small fabric pieces & scraps (no need to buy a lot – bring what you have, recycled fabrics or check the remnant table (at most fabric shops)
- Small piece of thin wadding (30 x 30 cm)
- Pelmet stiffening or heavy iron-on Vilene – I will bring a roll if you want to buy from me.
- Vlsoflex (30 x 30 cm) – I will bring a roll if you want to buy from me.
- Fabrics .75 metre base fabric, small fabric pieces & scraps(no need to buy a lot – bring what you have, recycled fabrics or check the remnant table (at most fabric shops
Paper/Card – mountboard about A2 size – it can be a piece left over from another project – don’t worry about the colour (Think about possible colour schemes when selecting fabrics and threads):
- Pelmet stiffening or heavy iron-on Vilene
- Fabrics .75 metre base fabric, small fabric pieces & scraps(no need to buy a lot – bring what you have, recycled fabrics or check the remnant table (at most fabric shops)
- Tracing paper 30 x 30 cm
- Cutting knife, ruler, cutting board if you have one (I will bring a few)
- I will bring paper suitable for embroidering on, but you may have some handmade paper or quite firm paper. It needs to be about 80-90 cm wide x 12 cm
- Craft glue (dries clear)
While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.
Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.
Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.