Friday, 21 April 2017

Freehand embroidery workshop

Today I've been learning some new sewing skills to add to my repetoire! Myself and my sister-in-law attended a workshop held at the Leeds John Lewis store. The workshop was run by Jenni Smith and cost £40.

The course was held in the haberdashery department under a pom pom garland with oversized cotton reels for stools (I want one for my sewing room!!)

I totally forgot to take a pic of the haberdashery department but here's one I pinched from

All the necessary equipment and supplies were included and i imagine as long as you have at least a basic knowledge of sewing machines you would be fine to attend this course.

Preparing your fabrics seemed key to creating professional looking machine embroidery. There was interfacing to apply to the calico (to be used as the background) followed by bondaweb applied to each of the patterned cotton's we used. Jenni supplied some beautiful prints from the rain or shine collection by Dashwood Studio

Next up it was time to lower the feed dogs on the machines and swap out the regular presser feet for a darning foot.

The first thing we all tried to embroider was our names. Jenni suggested that it is the best place to start as it is something we are so familiar with. It was also at this point that we were told to go over our lines, i was really shocked at how much better lettering turned out when i followed this advice.

Top: one layer of thread
Bottom: two layers of thread

I made a little Tweety bird, an April showers pic and a sunshine.

I'm really looking forward to using what I've learnt today at home. Think I'll be searching Pinterest for inspiration straight away.

The people at John Lewis also very kindly gave all the participants a voucher for complimentary hot drink and cake, which we made use of straight after we finished!

It was a great day out and I'll be keeping an eye on Jenni's website to see what other sessions she'll be doing in the future.


  1. This blog is really great. The information here will surely be of some help to me. Thanks!.

  2. Thanks for your kind comment, I'm new to this so that means alot 😘

  3. I just couldn't leave your website before telling you that I truly enjoyed the top quality info you present to your visitors? Will be back again frequently to check up on new posts. houstonantique

  4. I like your blog very much..The new Omni thread is good so far. Love the colour selection...
    I tried Magnifico last night in my embroidery machine and it was a wonderful thread to work with. No breaks at all!Thanks for sharing these valuable information..

    embroidery digitizing service

    embroidery digitizing company

  5. You would also need an embroidery machine which can read this file and convert it into embroidery in your cloth. cheap digitizing embroidery

  6. This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want? Ha-ha). You definitely put a new spin on a topic that’s been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!
    janome 2212 price

  7. To buy the victor machine, you should discover proficient suppositions which are not easy to get, especially on the off chance that you don't have the foggiest idea about any master by and by.long arm quilting machine reviews

  8. Today, machine weaving administrations use programmed machines to make various examples of weaving as per the necessities of the clients inside an extremely limited ability to focus time. Excellent Digitizing


Blog Layout Designed by pipdig