An Introduction to Free Machine Embroidery


1 February 2020

Join us on this hands-on course and create your own machine embroidered work to take home. 

Guided by expert local maker Jenni Cadman, discover and learn how to use your sewing machine to draw, embellish and embroider. This day course presents opportunities to develop individual creativity using this fun and liberating technique and is suitable for complete beginners who already have sewing machine skills. The tutor will introduce a wide range of threads suitable for this technique and there will be presentations and demonstrations followed by the chance to experiment through sample making.

Free Machine Embroidery lends itself many applications such as quilts, embroidered pictures, wall hangings, clothing, accessories, and soft furnishings.

What Essential Equipment will I need for these workshops?
• Portable sewing machine that you have experience of using
• Free-machine embroidery/darning foot
• 8” wooden hoop
• Spare sewing machine needles and bobbins
• Basic sewing equipment – threads, pins, needles, scissors
• Notebook and pencil

A full list of items you need to bring on the day will be emailed to you when your booking is confirmed.

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as for anyone with sewing experience who may want to try something different. To make the most of the day, we've kept the class size small so early booking is recommended.

The course will run from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 1 February 2020. Coffee and teas from 9.30am.

Teas, coffee, a warming lunch and delicious cake included. Your finished work will be yours to take home.

Included in the course: tuition, lunch and refreshments.

This course is limited to six places and will run at Elementum Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset. Sherborne is easily accessible by public transport or by car.

Once your booking is confirmed we will email you with full booking T&Cs and further details of what you will need to bring. 

About your tutor:

Jenni Cadman is a local artist and maker, who draws and paints with threads using her sewing machine, making artworks infused with colour, texture and bold graphic lines. Some pieces are freely stitched in delicate and fluid lines, others are constructed of many individual stitches that are solidly stitched or combined with fabrics to form rich painterly surfaces.

Jenni’s one-off textile pictures, wall panels and hangings have been shown widely in solo and group exhibitions. She is featured in a new publication 50 Dorset Makers a new initiative of Dorset Visual Arts which celebrates the rich ecology of makers in Dorset.

She has twenty-two years experience as a visiting tutor for colleges, schools and Embroidery Guilds specialising in appliqué and free machine embroidery.

An Introduction to Free Machine Embroidery


Jenni Cadman