Introduction to Freehand Machine Embroidery
- Students will need to have their own sewing machine and have a basic understanding of its operation.
Freehand Machine Embroidery (also known as free-motion embroidery) is a simple but highly versatile way to draw with your sewing machine. It is simple, fun and can be highly addictive.
Have you ever wanted to try it? Here is your chance!
This course provides you with a basic introduction to the freehand machine embroidery technique. It will introduce you to the various tools and knowledge you will need to test the technique on your sewing machine, whatever type of machine that may be. The course includes 60 minutes of instructional videos and a BONUS 'Stitched garden' project to help you put your new embroidery skills into practice
Who should take this course:
Students who are completely new to machine embroidery
Students who are already familiar with machine embroidery but want to take it to the next level and move away from pre-programmed machine embroidery designs
Students who want to explore a completely new way to draw and create
After completing this course you should be able to:
Recognise the most efficient tools and materials to get started with Freehand Machine Embroidery
Set your sewing machine up for Freehand Machine Embroidery
Draw basic designs with Freehand Machine Embroidery
Unlock a new level of creative potential with your sewing machine
What you won’t find in the course:
This course only explores the basics of the freehand embroidery technique on woven fabric. It does not explore the use of the water-soluble material that Meredith uses to create her personal artworks. That (and much more) will be covered in the next online course; Sculptural Embroidery - Exploring freehand machine embroidery on water-soluble fabrics.
Who this course is for:
- Students who are completely new to machine embroidery
- Students who are already familiar with machine embroidery but want to take it to the next level and move away from pre-programmed machine embroidery designs
- Students who want to explore a completely new way to draw and create
- 02:55Welcome to the course
- 00:25Supplies List
Meredith Woolnough is an award winning visual artist from the coastal region of Newcastle, Australia. Best known for her nature inspired embroideries, Meredith’s work is held in public, private and corporate collections worldwide.
Meredith’s elegant embroidered traceries capture the beauty and fragility of nature in knotted embroidery threads. The work explores the sculptural possibilities of a unique drawing technique that utilises a domestic sewing machine and a base fabric that dissolves in water. Through a delicate system of tiny stitches Meredith creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully pinned in shadowboxes like preserved specimens.
Meredith holds a Bachelor degree in Fine arts (first class honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Masters of Teaching from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (with distinction) from the University of Newcastle. She is also the author of the book “Organic Embroidery’ published in 2018.