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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, creating textures 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 mainly in my custom built studio in Oswestry Shropshire UK, New Zealand and Australia. 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 in the UK. 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

 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 days
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.

suitable for: Beginners and improvers
date17 Feb 2020
duration3 days
total places9
places availno
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 days
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

  A Coastal Walk 
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Coastal walks are exhilarating and inspirational. The sea, cliffs and rocks are a constant backdrop to the experience and with the addition of seasonal variations in wild flowers and grasses you can be really inspired.
Come and capture the textures and colours of your coastal walk.
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 create 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
date06 Apr 2020
duration3 days
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

 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: Beginners and improvers
date06 Jul 2020
duration3 days
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £299
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

 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
date03 Aug 2020
duration3 days
total places9
places availwaiting list
per place £299
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

 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: Students with some experience
date14 Sep 2020
duration3 days
total places9
places availyes
per place £299
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