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FREEHAND MACHINE EMBROIDERY COURSES WITH ALISON

The classroom at Highfield Oswestry
Current course diary
Over 30 years ago I discovered a way of mixing and blending thread colours in my embroideries and a way of using stitches like brushstrokes. I pass on this on to my students to give them the opportunity to work in the way I do and achieve the same unique effects

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 in 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. alison@alisonholt.com

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

I teach textile groups in 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
date19 Jul 2019
duration3 days
total places16
places availno
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 availno
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 
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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
date28 Aug 2019
duration3 days
total places15
places availwaiting list
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 availwaiting list
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

 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
date02 Oct 2019
duration3 days
total places20
places availenquire at venue
per place £enquire at venue
book viainfo@quiltsymposium2019.nz
tutorAlison Holt
St Cuthberts College Market Road Auckland NZ
info@quiltsymposium2019.nzwww.quiltsymposium2019.nz

 Colourful Landscapes: Flowering Fields  
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Inspired by the countryside at its most vibrant, students will use a combination of silk painting and freehand machine stitching to create a colourful landscape picture.
Basing the design on photographs of scenes such as wild flower meadows, fields of poppies, blue linseed or yellow oilseed rape students will learn silk painting techniques to form a base for the stitching.
Through tutor demonstrations and one to one tuition you will learn a range of textures and marks made with just straight stitch and zigzag to creates texture and definition to your picture.
We explore how to create a balanced composition, achieve depth and perspective, colour mix in paint and thread and the use of light and shade.

suitable for: Beginners and Improvers
date05 Oct 2019
duration2 days
total places20
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viainfo@quiltsymposium2019.nz
tutorAlison Holt
St Cuthberts College Market Road Auckland NZ
info@quiltsymposium2019.nzwww.quiltsymposium2019.nz

 Up Close and Personal 
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Inspired by the detail and complexity of flowers, leaves and vegetables 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 study.


suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date12 Oct 2019
duration2 days
total places14
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viaGeorgina Campbell
tutorAlison Holt
Hastings, New Zealand
Georgina Campbellgeorgec@nowmail.co.nz06 87099050211222580

 Colourful Landscapes: Flowering Fields  
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Inspired by the countryside at its most vibrant, students will use a combination of silk painting and freehand machine stitching to create a colourful landscape picture.
Basing the design on photographs of scenes such as wild flower meadows, fields of poppies, blue linseed or yellow oilseed rape students will learn silk painting techniques to form a base for the stitching.
Through tutor demonstrations and one to one tuition you will learn a range of textures and marks made with just straight stitch and zigzag to creates texture and definition to your picture.
We explore how to create a balanced composition, achieve depth and perspective, colour mix in paint and thread and the use of light and shade.

suitable for: Beginners and Improvers
date26 Oct 2019
duration2 days
total places14
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viaemail or phone
tutorAlison Holt
NSW Embroiderers Guild Headquarters, 76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney NSW 2138 Australia
email or phoneinfo@embroiderersguildnsw.org.au02 9743 2501http://embroiderersguildnsw.org.au/

 Masterclass: Drawing with thread and paint, an insight to the process  
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An opportunity to take a Masterclass with a practicing textile artist who has over 35 years of experience, teaching, exhibiting and producing her own unique style of machine embroidery.

Spend a day with Alison as she shares her inspiration and process and get the chance to examine some of her current work at various stages of completion. She will demonstrate her style of silk painting and machine embroidery and students will have the opportunity to try out these techniques for themselves.

Students can bring examples of their own textile work in progress for discussion with the group and advice from Alison. Watch demonstrations of a range of techniques and fully immerse yourself into Alison’s world of textiles.

suitable for: All
date29 Oct 2019
duration1
total places14
places availyes
per place £Enquire at venue
book viaEmail or phone
tutorAlison Holt
NSW Embroiderers Guild Headquarters, 76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney NSW 2138 Australia
email or phoneinfo@embroiderersguildnsw.org.au02 9743 2501http://embroiderersguildnsw.org.au/

 Winter Trees 
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A course that combines two elements, a silk painting and machine embroidered lace trees.
We start the course by painting a winter sky, a colourful sunset or a landscape on silk, with tutor demonstrations of colour mixing and painting techniques.
Then we will learn how to make the machine embroidered 'lace' skeletal trees to overlay the painting. This is a technique of stitching across a hole cut into fabric to create a lacework structure.
Freehand embroidery details can be added to the painted background.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date05 Nov 2019
duration3 days
total places15
places availyes
per place £Enquire at venue
book viaMaureen Munro
tutorAlison Holt
Margaret River WA, Australia
Maureen Munromargaretriverquilting@gmail.com

 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
date09 Nov 2019
duration2
total placesenquire at venue
places availyes
per place £enquire at venue
book viaGay Young
tutorAlison Holt
TAAMMI Melville, WA. Australia
Gay Youngtaammi@mail.tidyhq.com0431736696

 An English Country Garden 
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Create a painted and stitched picture of flowers within a garden setting and explore the painterly elements of free hand machine embroidery. We will outline a design on silk with resist and paint a background with silk dyes. The course will cover free hand machine embroidery techniques for a variety of garden flowers and foliage including delphiniums, aliums, achillea and verbascum. We will be covering aspects of art theory such as designing balanced compositions, aerial perspective and linear perspective, colour mixing in paint and thread, creating texture and the use of light and shade
suitable for: Students with some experience
date13 Jan 2020
duration3
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £295
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

 Fruit and Veg 
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Inspired by the usual textures and shapes of fruit and vegetables students will explore how to create these in a combination of paint and stitch. They will learn silk painting techniques to complement their compositions. We will explore a range of stitch techniques for cabbages, cauliflowers, berries and their leaves etc. creating depth and definition to each composition.

date17 Feb 2020
duration3
total places9
places availyes
per place £295
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

 Mountains, Valleys and Vistas 
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Inspired by the great outdoors, with distant rocky or snow-capped mountains, wide valleys and a glorious sense of space. We will learn how to paint and stitch these mountains as a backdrop to our composition and add sweeping skies and a range of foreground details to give depth and interest to the scene.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date09 Mar 2020
duration3
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £295
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