Machine Embroidery Masterclass – MOVED FROM 2020

Tutor: Claire Humphries

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.


Typically for a max of 5 people.

Two Days
(or more)

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Session 1: Wed 10 March 2021 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Session 2 to be agreed with Claire and group

An innovative course aimed at experienced machine embroidery textile artists who wish to get out of their comfort zone but still have access to guidance, advice and refresher skills. If you want the freedom to explore your ideas combined with ongoing access to an expert sounding board and trouble-shooter plus the chance to work with others, share ideas, exchange experiences and learn from each other’s work, this course will work for you.

This day will be a full day at ArtisOn with Claire. You should come along with ideas for your project to share with Claire and the rest of the group. During the day you will:
• Have a chance to share your idea for your project.
• Discuss each project and pool ideas with guidance from Claire.
• Consolidate plans, discuss materials, products required, techniques to use.
• Refresh techniques as needed.
• Begin to work up your designs.
• Leave with a clear plan of action regarding how to tackle your project.
You’ll need to bring your design idea, any materials you know you’d like to incorporate and your usual sewing gear. Lunch and usual day at ArtisOn is all included.

Between session 1 and session 2, you will have ongoing access to Claire. This will be via a mixture of email exchanges and telephone discussion. You can email Claire photos of progress and ask advice about tricky decision points. You can collate issues and queries and maintain contact with Claire on a weekly or biweekly basis. Obviously, this contact time will need to be managed and Claire will contact you to diary appointed times to speak. Last year, each participant had around 3 hours of Claire’s time per person during this 11 week period, which kept them all on track. Last year participants preferred to copy one another into emails and get feedback and ideas back from each other as well as Claire. The ongoing contact with Claire and everyone else seemed to keep everyone focused on making progress with their project as they all felt accountable to the boss!

This session is a chance for everyone to see the results of everyone else’s labours, it’s an opportunity for everyone to bring their work to review progress with Claire and the group. During this half day session you will have chance to have face to face support from Claire on any final issues as well as a chance to review each other’s work and share the learning gained from the your projects.

What to expect

Days at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.

Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.

We aim for your time with us to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

You’ll need to bring your design, any materials you know you’d like to incorporate and your usual sewing gear.

“The tutor was very knowledgeable and gave very clear demonstrations.  I enjoyed the whole experience.”

– Lori

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