MACHINE EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP – The Lightbox, 27/9 Cylinders Dr., Torquay Thursday 22 and Friday 23 June 2023 – 9am to noon (arrive by 8.30 for meeting and set up) BOOKINGS THROUGH TRYBOOKINGS will open 13 April. This 2 day workshop is for those with competent sewing machine abilities. Participant numbers – limited to 8. (Waiting list) Come on adventure with Textile Tutor, Jan Preston. Students must have general sewing machine experience; this is a technique class. During the Surf Coast Arts Inc Postcard Exhibition, Julie Dyer was questioned about the techniques used to create her work. Julie is a beginner in the technique, so we have invited Jan Preston to come and share her knowledge in this process. Jan will take you through the process of machine embroidery on solvey fibre – sew then dissolve to leave behind the machine stitches.
Student Requirements: (equipment will remain in the space overnight) Sewing machine in good working order, attachments and sewing manual. A free motion foot specifically for the intended machine. Otherwise, a straight stitch.
An embroidery slimline hoop – 25cm, laced over with a fine ribbon/bias binding for gripping pre prepared, this can be managed without, but you will handle it with greater ease.
Cotton threads of your choice (no silks or shiny embroidery unless you are familiar) Scissors etc Machine needles size 12 or 14 (can be purchased in a mixed pack) A small bucket, towel and working hair dryer if you have one.
Costing: The two day workshop fee is $95. (This includes morning tea.)
Jan will have purchased the solvey fibre enough for each student. Cost to be advised and pins, hand cloths and wool wash. An estimate of $10-$15 per student for these additional materials. To be paid at the workshop
We will have access: To hot running water, a flat bench space and good lighting Morning Tea will be provided. Updates and other information will be provided at least a week before the workshop.
COVID 19 Protocols We request participants to have taken a RAT prior to arriving at the workshop. Please respect the artist and fellow participants by wearing a mask.
Jan has been a Quilter and Textile Artist since the 1980’s. Always a sewer, from very young Jan sewed on her mother’s treadle sewing machine. Now A Quilt maker, Textile Artist and Tutor
A passion for collecting, observing nature, photography, texture and colour has been the inspiration for Jan’s work. It is this that brings her work together whether it be in her Quilts or Art Quilt collection. This may also be inspired by Life’s Journeys.
A further passion is collecting and restoring old fabrics and family collections, recovered items from the past to be created into Memorabilia Waggas, Japanese inspired stitched cloth and ‘Memory Cloth’, slow stitching and connecting them together with script.
Jan loves to share her knowledge with others and encourage all levels and skills into the world of both Textiles and Quilting through her knowledge, teaching or creating.