Online Course : Fabric Mark Making & Tonal Values with Stacey

Sign Up Now: £5.00

Starts: Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at 1:30PM
Ends: Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at 2:30PM
Available spaces: 191

Tutor: Stacey Chapman

In this fun, chatty and informal workshop, using appliqué and freehand machine embroidery we will explore textures and tonal values to create a gradient scale from white to black. The course will stretch your ability to create as much difference in tone and texture as possible. These skills are very useful to expand your freehand and appliqué skills and take you to the next level.

Stacey will demonstrate using a new set of bits and bobs in these colour ways to create another gradient sample from scratch, explaining the thought process behind each segment whilst sewing. This will act as encouragement to ask similar questions of your own stash of offcuts and to spark your own individual response to the set framework for this project.


If you enjoyed the previous Denman courses for mark making drawing or the freehand doodle, this workshop could be perfect for you as we will be building upon those skill sets within a different framework.

This exercise is useful to make you consider how to create interest and difference with a needle and offcuts. It is a great fun creative challenge as well as teaching you to push the boundaries from the standard overlapping straight lines often used in freehand.

This workshop would suit improvers for freehand machine embroidery or be a great challenge to people who enjoyed the mark making drawing course even if new to sewing. If you have never tried free motion embroidery before, this may still suit your skill level, however prior to the course it is advised to purchase a download of the PDF of Basics Freehand Machine Embroidery for £2.50 (information on this included after booking) and practise beforehand, as we won’t be covering all of the basic principles and equipment during this session.

Information Document, Materials List and Zoom log in details will be included at the bottom of your confirmation email after you have registered. 

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Materials Required to Sew Along:

Heavy duty white fabric for background from 25 x 25cm upwards

As wide a variety of small fabric or paper offcuts in every shade, finish, texture in white grey and black as possible including transparent cloth. Be inventive and look in your recycling bin, in your charity shop clothing pile etc

Sewing machine in good working order, pre-tested before the class with the feed dogs dropped (This project can also be hand stitched)

Darning foot attached to your machine beforehand, ensuring it is the correct model for your machine

A sharp sewing machine needle or replacements if required

An 8 inch wooden embroidery hoop

Heavy weight tear away stabiliser slightly larger than your fabric a.k.a. Interfacing or Bondaweb 

Sharp pointed Embroidery Scissors

Black, white and grey poly cotton

Optional: Plus any interesting machine or hand stitching threads you have to hand in these colour ways

Pre-filled Bobbins in matching threads

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