Creative Machine Embroidery Courses 2019

1-Day Courses, Tutoring £85

The willow Centre, 1-13 Willowcroft Way, Cringleford , Norwich , NR4 7JR 

Wednesday 25th September  10am - 4pm

Friday 1st November  9.30am - 3.30pm

This ONE DAY course is a great way to get you started and gain confidence, running through the basic techniques of Machine Embroidery, and leaving with an embroidered picture and new found skills and enthusiasm. "Seaside" will be the subject matter, with the option to work from a sewing kit.

2-Day Courses, 10am-4pm, Tutoring £160

Nowrich Elim Church Hall, Trory Street, NR2 2RH

Wednesday 18th - Thursday 19th September 

Wednesday 30th - Thursday 31st October

Indulge on this TWO DAY course and get to grips with all of the techniques and trouble shooting elements of Machine Embroidery, from gaining new skills and confidence, to being guided with artistic direction into creating your own embroidered picture. " Landscapes" will be the subject matter, which can include Seaside.  


Bring your sewing machine along to get to grips with the joy of Free Motion Machine Embroidery and leave with new found confidence to continue on your creative embroidery journey. 

I've been running my courses for many years now and work with a small group of students so that I can concentrate on teaching each individual at their own level. You will need basic knowledge of your sewing machine, which I encourage to bring with you, so that you can familiarise yourself with it when working free motion. It will need to be adapted by dropping the feed dogs and using a spring loaded Quilting/Darning foot, but no previous free motion experience is needed.

I provide basic fabrics for the initial sampling stages. You will need to bring resource images and co-ordinating fabrics to create the embroidered picture. If you are not so confident then it's possible to work with one of my sewing kits. I provide the backing fabric for the base of the picture, normally A3.  

I will provide tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day, but please bring your own lunch. There is a kitchen available at both locations.



Part 1

I start the course with a series of demonstration practice hoops, running through the basic techniques of FM embroidery. You will then have a go at these on your machine, learning how to ’draw in sewing’ so that we can iron out any "machine Gremlins". You will need to make sure that your machine can adapt to free motion by dropping the feed dogs and attaching a darning/quilting foot. You will need to bring a sewing kit with you too; basic polycotton threads, pins, scissors, fabric glue or Pritt stick. I will provide the fabric that you will be using during the initial sampling stage. I will run through exercises on machine tension, working with various threads, working with mixed fabrics, appliqué techniques, and preparation of fabrics for your final piece.

Part 2

This is where the fun begins! Armed with the knowledge of the previous sampling hoops, you'll be let loose on creating an embroidered picture.The aim is to leave with a finished piece of embroidery that reflects your own style and colour palette. You will need to bring with you any photographs, post cards, sketches or greetings cards with inspiring imagery. I would also encourage you to bring along your personal collections of fabrics. I can give you guidance and creative direction on the composition. If you don't feel as confident at this stage to create your own design, then there is an option to work from my sewing kits.


“Abigail is a very enthusiastic and very friendly teacher. She herself is very accomplished in the skill of machine embroidery and wants all her students to achieve and learn skills that they can be put into practice when back at home. She makes sure that everyone of her students gets individual attention and nothing is too much trouble to demonstrate or help with any of the techniques she herself uses to get a high standard of finish for her students. Anyone out there wanting to be creative should sign up now for one of her courses. Not only will you have a brill day but I guarantee you will return home rearing to put your new skills into practice!” Carol.

“I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for a most enjoyable day at your beginners freehand machine embroidery course. I thought you had the patience of a saint, with all the queries and questions I and the others ladies had all day long ! Nothing seemed to be to much trouble for you, whether it was a machine problem or a question about what to do next. I found you to be very warm, friendly and sincere in your desire to share with us all, the skills you have developed over many years and a joy to meet the artist behind the work.” Anne.

Terms & Conditions

Courses are to be paid in full at the point of booking to secure a place. If booking on the internet there is a 14 day cooling off period where a full refund will be offered from the date of booking. If I have to cancel the course for any reason then a full refund will be offered or an alternative date supplied. If you are unable to attend a 50% refund will be offered up to 30 days before the course due date. Anytime after that then the fee is non- refundable, but transferable to any other course date to suit you.


                                       PRIVATE TEXTILE GROUPS

I am also available for hire for evening talks and follow on workshops with Embroiderer's Guilds, Quilting Guilds and Private Textile groups. There are two options for the groups above. I can give evening talks which normally last for an hour on " My 25 year journey through creative machine embroidery". I bring along embroidery samples and publications from over the years and talk through my journey along the way with it's various ups and downs! To compliment this I can run 1 -3 day creative machine embroidery workshops to the guilds. Enquiries 07976 946442