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An embroidery project

Drawing with Stitch - Free Machine Embroidery

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Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
8 weeks

On this course you will use free machine embroidery and hand stitching techniques to create ‘drawings’ onto textiles and other media. The course will investigate ways to combine a variety of media and techniques such as trapunto, print, quilting, paper and tyvek with stitched imagery to create exciting art textiles pieces. You will look at the work of contemporary textile artists and will keep a sketchbook or notebook to record ideas, processes and progress.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- create line drawings using hand and machine stitch techniques
- combine mixed media with stitch
- experiment with a variety of techniques to create an individual style.
- create a final piece of work
- refer to the work of some contemporary artists who use stitch.

There is no set ‘homework’, but you will get the most out of this course if you are able to do further work and preparation at home., There is no qualification for this course. There is limited parking on site, but there is a public car park nearby and on-street parking.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Sian Lewis

Siân Lewis is a designer and textile artist. She studied fashion at the Royal College of Art and Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and has10 years experience of designing and making competition dancewear including for Strictly Come Dancing. She has worked on costumes for TV, stage and film and has been teaching textiles and art since 2008. Sian is currently developing her own range of textile prints and accessories.

View all courses taught by Sian Lewis here

How will I be taught?

Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress. Students will need to understand the potential benefit from the programme of study, read and interpret ideas, communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable and manage your own time. You will undertake critical reflection and evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance/develop personal skills.

What do I need to bring with me?

Students will need to provide their own materials, threads and stitching tools, but please do not buy anything esecially for the course before it starts; wait for your tutor's advice in the first session. If you already have any equipment or materials that you think might be useful, please bring them along to the first session.

Students will need to bring small sewing equipment, such as sharp scissors for cutting fabric, pins, needles, a tape measure, chalk fabric pencil, sewing threads and a folder, paper and pens for notes and hand-outs. A digital camera would be useful, if you have one.

Please bring your sewing machine. There are sewing machines at the centre, but it is best that you bring your own machine so that you get used to using it. Please bring all the accessories, foot controls and leads for the machine, and the instruction manual. You will need a darning foot for your machine.

What can I do next?

Further textiles and/or embroidery courses with KAE.

What do I need to join the course

All levels of skill are welcome, especially if you have never embroidered with a sewing machine before. The class is suitable for beginners and improvers, from those who are completely new to the subject, to those with some experience who want to increase their range of techniques and skills. It is a practical course so a good degree of manual dexterity is required.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/122240/M/LC.