Drawing with stitch

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is a creative course is aimed at both the novice and those with some sewing machine experience. It is an ideal course for learning or brushing up your machine sewing skills using the free embroidery foot. There is much freedom for individual ideas and making something either decorative or functional (such as a bag or cushion)

Course content

You will look at textile artists who use stitch in a creative way. If you have never used a sewing machine before, you will be shown how to use it, and if you have never tried an embroidery foot, this is a fantastic opportunity to have a go and see what it is capable of! You will create decorative textile piece(s) that could use layers of fabric, images and stitch to ‘draw’ your designs onto the finished piece.

Support and feedback

The tutor will provide constant 1:1 feedback and instruction. Learners will be invited to share their work with the group and provide positive advice and feedback.

Additional costs and requirements

Any images that you may wish to include in your project must be printed at least 6”x4” using any printing method (they will be photocopied and you will have the originals returned to you). If you have any coloured threads or yarns they may be useful.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

With a background in state education and community arts, Elena believes passionately in nurturing the artist that dwells within us all. Having fun and enjoying the process is central to this core belief. She aims to maintain a supportive environment for all to enjoy the creative process at every level.

Elena has been teaching a wide range of Art, Craft, Textiles, Photography and environmental education for over 13 years. She has a degree in Visual Communication and specialised in Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. This led to an interest in experimental techniques exploring the rich history of the medium including homemade and box cameras. Her professional work includes working with a professional commercial photographer and animation production in London. She is currently discovering cyanotype and anthotype processes using the natural world as an alternative to the darkroom.

Elena has pursued a wide range of creative processes since then including illustration, green woodworking and puppetry. Perhaps inspired by a family background in tailoring and millinery, she is a keen maker using textile techniques such as batik, felt and stitch.

Start date27 June 2019
End date11 July 2019
Start time10:00
End time12:30
Concessions not available