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FREEHAND MACHINE EMBROIDERY COURSES WITH ALISON

The classroom at Highfield Oswestry
Current course diary
I teach all the courses listed below in different locations around the UK and abroad (suitcase permanently packed and ready to go!). Each course is structured around silk painting and freehand machine stitching demonstrations, followed by individual tuition. Please contact the organiser for more information and to enrol

If a course with me at my Garden Studio, Highfield Oswestry is full there is the option of putting your name on a waiting list. Spaces do become available. If you would like to do that contact me by email.

For students unsure if their sewing machine is suitable for freehand machine embroidery I have a Bernina available to hire @ £15 per day. This is a great way to ensure you have a machine that is up to the task

I regularly teach the Embroiderers Guild and other textile groups all over the UK and abroad. If you would like me to teach a workshop for your group please click on the 'courses on offer' button for more information and email me for more details

If you live in AUSTRALIA or NEW ZEALAND - please click here

 Crashing Waves and Sea Spray 
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Inspired by dramatic coastlines with the splash and spray of waves crashing against the rocks. Using paint and stitch we will create the effects of smooth, craggy or glistening wet rocks and the movement and texture of sea spray.
We will outline a design on silk with resist; paint a background with silk paints and apply a range of embroidery techniques. Students will work from photographs of their choice or from a selection provided by the tutor.
We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing balanced compositions, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing in paint and in thread. Investigate the way texture and colour creates depth and perspective and how to draw with stitches.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date14 Jan 2019
duration3 days
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £225
book viaAlison Holt
tutorAlison Holt
Location: The Garden Studio, Highfield, 85 Oakhurst Road, OSWESTRY SY11 1BL 10am to 4pm each day, please arrive 9.30 first day. Plenty of parking space
Organised by Alison Holtalison@alisonholt.com01691 653118www.alisonholt.com

 Up Hill Down Dale 
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A course that encompasses all the best imagery from rambling in the countryside. Meandering rutted tracks, old wooden gates, stiles and mossy dry stone walls.
We will outline a design on silk with gutta and paint a background with silk dyes and explore stitch techniques for the textured elements of the composition.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date11 Feb 2019
duration3 days
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £225
book viaAlison Holt
tutorAlison Holt
Location: The Garden Studio, Highfield, 85 Oakhurst Road, OSWESTRY SY11 1BL 10am to 4pm each day, please arrive 9.30 first day. Plenty of parking space
Organised by Alison Holtalison@alisonholt.com01691 653118www.alisonholt.com

 Ruins, Follies and Stone Walls  
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A scene that incorporates old stone ruins, barns or follies as a focal point. Learn how to combine silk painting and freehand embroidery to represent these in your embroidered picture. We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing a balanced composition, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing in paint and in thread. Investigate the way texture and colour creates depth and perspective and how to draw with stitches
suitable for: Students with some experience
date20 Feb 2019
duration3 days
total places15
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viaPat Screaton
tutorAlison Holt
Location: Frolesworth Village Hall, NR COSBY, Leicestershire LE17
Organised by Pat Screatonpatscreaton@dsl.pipex.com01162 86758107860 106999

 Dancing in the Breeze 
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Inspired by dancing cow parsley and tall poppies in a summer breeze, create a painted and stitched landscape.

We will explore the painterly elements of free hand machine embroidery. Learn how to paint skies and distant hills to give depth to your picture. Learn stitch techniques for trees, hedges, and foreground details including grass, poppies, cow parsley and wild flowers.

We will outline a design on silk with resist; paint a background with silk paints and apply a range of embroidery techniques. Students will work from photographs of landscapes of their choice or from a selection provided by the tutor.

We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing balanced compositions, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing in paint and in thread. Investigate the way texture and colour creates depth and perspective and how to draw with stitches.
suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date23 Feb 2019
duration2 days
total places15
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viaPat Screaton
tutorAlison Holt
Location: Frolesworth Village Hall, NR COSBY, Leicestershire LE17
Organised by Pat Screatonpatscreaton@dsl.pipex.com01162 86758107860 106999

 Up Close and Personal 
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Inspired by the detail and complexity of flowers and leaves students will explore how to create these in paint and stitch. They will learn how to blend using freehand machine stitching, creating a smooth transition through colour and tonal ranges. We will explore interesting stitch techniques for petals, stamens, anther etc. creating depth and definition to each composition. We will create a silk painted background to set off this dramatic flower study.


suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date04 Mar 2019
duration3 days
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £225
book viaAlison Holt
tutorAlison Holt
Location: The Garden Studio, Highfield, 85 Oakhurst Road, OSWESTRY SY11 1BL 10am to 4pm each day, please arrive 9.30 first day. Plenty of parking space
Organised by Alison Holtalison@alisonholt.com01691 653118www.alisonholt.com

 Ruins, Follies and Stone Walls  
course image course image
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A scene that incorporates old stone ruins, barns or follies as a focal point. Learn how to combine silk painting and freehand embroidery to represent these in your embroidered picture. We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing a balanced composition, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing in paint and in thread. Investigate the way texture and colour creates depth and perspective and how to draw with stitches
suitable for: Students with some experience
date08 Apr 2019
duration3 days
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £225
book viaAlison Holt
tutorAlison Holt
Location: The Garden Studio, Highfield, 85 Oakhurst Road, OSWESTRY SY11 1BL 10am to 4pm each day, please arrive 9.30 first day. Plenty of parking space
Organised by Alison Holtalison@alisonholt.com01691 653118www.alisonholt.com

 Flowers, Pots and Patios 
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Colourful patio pots and hanging baskets in a courtyard garden setting will inspire the content of this course. We will explore silk painting and stitch techniques for paving stones, brick walls and ceramic pots as well as all the flowers and foliage. We will create balanced compositions that include textured details of garden plants that provide contrast to the hard landscaping.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date01 Jul 2019
duration3 days
total places9
places availenquire at venue
per place £275
book viaAlison Holt
tutorAlison Holt
Location: The Garden Studio, Highfield, 85 Oakhurst Road, OSWESTRY SY11 1BL 10am to 4pm each day, please arrive 9.30 first day. Plenty of parking space
Organised by Alison Holtalison@alisonholt.com01691 653118www.alisonholt.com

 Crashing Waves and Sea Spray 
course image course image
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Inspired by dramatic coastlines with the splash and spray of waves crashing against the rocks. Using paint and stitch we will create the effects of smooth, craggy or glistening wet rocks and the movement and texture of sea spray.
We will outline a design on silk with resist; paint a background with silk paints and apply a range of embroidery techniques. Students will work from photographs of their choice or from a selection provided by the tutor.
We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing balanced compositions, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing in paint and in thread. Investigate the way texture and colour creates depth and perspective and how to draw with stitches.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date19 Jul 2019
duration3
total places16
places availyes
per place £Enquire at venue
book viaSandie Foster
tutorAlison Holt
Location: Brighton
Organised by Sandie Fostersandiefoster7@ntlworld.com 07909 521615

 Forests and Ferns 
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Inspired by lush forests, textured tree trunks, dense leaf canopies and ferns uncurling in the undergrowth. This subject matter will give you the opportunity to learn a wide range of stitch techniques to create the detail and mood of these atmospheric scenes.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date05 Aug 2019
duration3 days
total places9
places availenquire at venue
per place £275
book viaAlison Holt
tutorAlison Holt
Location: The Garden Studio, Highfield, 85 Oakhurst Road, OSWESTRY SY11 1BL 10am to 4pm each day, please arrive 9.30 first day. Plenty of parking space
Organised by Alison Holtalison@alisonholt.com01691 653118www.alisonholt.com

 Up Hill Down Dale 
course image course image
course image course image
A course that encompasses all the best imagery from rambling in the countryside. Meandering rutted tracks, old wooden gates, stiles and mossy dry stone walls.
We will outline a design on silk with gutta and paint a background with silk dyes and explore stitch techniques for the textured elements of the composition.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date28 Aug 2019
duration3 days
total places15
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viaPat Screaton
tutorAlison Holt
Location: Frolesworth Village Hall, NR COSBY, Leicestershire LE17
Organised by Pat Screatonpatscreaton@dsl.pipex.com01162 86758107860 106999

 Etched in Frost: A Winter Scene 
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A landscape transformed by frost and ice is the inspiration for this course. Students will work from photographs and we will explore paint and embroidery techniques discovering ways to create the effects of frost and winter mist on landscapes, woodlands and foliage. With a limited palette and the elements etched in frost the imagery is dramatic.
Working on white silk, you will outline a design with resist or gutta, paint a background with silk paints and then apply a range of embroidery techniques to add textures and detail to complete the picture.

suitable for: Students with some experience
date31 Aug 2019
duration2 days
total places15
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viaPat Screaton
tutorAlison Holt
Location: Frolesworth Village Hall, NR COSBY, Leicestershire LE17
Organised by Pat Screatonpatscreaton@dsl.pipex.com01162 86758107860 106999