I've had a great day today down at Art and Stitch in Peterborough. Gina Ferrari led a workshop exploring the basics of free machine embroidery. While I've done several machine embroidery workshops I was keen to work with Gina again as she is a very calm tutor and inspires confidence. Before I went to Peterborough today I watched Gina's DVD "Creative Free Machinery Embroidery" which she made with Colouricious. I was really glad I did as it put me in a good position to benefit fully from today.
The aim today was to slow things down (not literally as far as the stitching was concerned) and concentrate on excercises involving only straight stitch.
My main efforts working on different patterns within in a grid, after having played with some very basic (more basic than this!) scribbles to settle into controlling my machine and tension.
The next step was to work on a 'colouring in' exercise which took a while but was a lot of fun!
I was so pleased with my effort I even signed it! lol It's about 4" x 3" (10 x7.5 cms)
With the remainder of the time (in my case not that much of it) we made flowers and leaves which again was fun and I can see lots of uses for these,
The leaves are made of paper stitched onto felt.
The atmosphere all day was one of fun and enthusiasm and there were some great results considering most of us were fairly novice (as in havn't practised enough before!) at FME
Don't you love Sally's dragonfly and mushroom?
I don't know who did the owl but I love him!
Sorry I can't attribute any of these properly but everyone did really well.
Of course, a workshop at Art and Stitch wouldn't be complete without lots of cups of tea and coffee and a little treat to keep the day moving:
Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes. Oh my!
I need to catch up on another workshop I did last weekend with Hilary Beattie (no wonder I'm shattered!) so I'll try and get that on here in the next couple of days.