Machine Embroidery Masterclass

Tutor: Claire Humphries

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.


Typically for a max of 5 people.

Two Days
(or more)

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Day 1: Thu 14 Feb, Day 2: Tue 02 Apr
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 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.
• Refreshed 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, any materials you know you’d like to incorporate and your usual sewing gear.

Between the start-up day and the follow-up day, you will have ongoing access to Claire. This will be a mixture of email exchange and telephone discussion. You can send photos of progress or tricky decision points for Claire to review. 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. Claire will allocate 2-3 hours per person during this 7 week period to keep you all on track and this would be logged to ensure you receive the right amount of support. The ongoing contact with Claire would require you to have made progress with your project and be accountable to the boss!

Of course you’re also free to contact each other for support and advice during this period too. We would suggest contact details are exchanged at the initial session if needed and some of you might wish to work informally together at home anyway.

At this stage you should have made good progress with your project and it might even be nearing completion. This day would provide an opportunity for everyone to bring their work to review progress with Claire and the group. During this day you will have chance to have face to face support from Claire on specific issues and continue with your piece while she is on hand. At the end of the day you will have a chance to review each other’s work and have a clear plan for final completion.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for both of the classroom based days – day 2 will be soup and a pudding rather than a full main course.

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.

“Obviously highly skilled and experienced, Claire guided us really well. I was a complete beginner and she gave clear instructions and good encouragement. I enjoyed the whole experience , the expertise, the company and the lunch. I will definitely be back.”

– Angela

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