Grasses and Flowers Workshop

A couple of months back I spotted a course run by Jo Hill which looked rather interesting. With so many teachers going on line it does make for a lot more opportunities to attend workshops, whilst there is something special about attending a workshop there is always the issues regarding travel and accommodation and this way I can attend courses all over the country…in fact the world is my oyster!

Anyway, back to the course…Jo does machine embroidery of nature, flowers, birds etc, I like her style so an on-line course on grasses and flowers appealed. It’s a six week course on the website course-craft it’s £75 but there’s a couple of easy ways to get a 15% discount which she mentions.

The course started on 1st November, but I’ve just today got round to starting, luckily access to the videos has been extended from mid December to the end of January. There’s a facebook page for people to share their progress and thoughts and there’s also room to comment or ask questions on the website.

Well I loved it, there’s several videos for week one Jo is clearly a good teacher who has adapted to on-line teaching very well – it’s her first on line course. Having gone through equipment, the first sample for us to make was a page of ‘doodling’., trying to stitch different patterns and shapes. It was harder than I anticipated, particularly as I’ve done a fair bit of free-motion quilting…

Having seen my doodling, I was beginning to worry what the next sample would look like! Jo started with grasses, using both the free-motion foot and the standard foot, she showed us different ways of stitching grasses, she uses a black thread which does make it nice and clear on the videos but also shows every mistake!! I changed to a Gutermann variegated green thread, there’s good bits and not so good bits, but I could see myself improving as I stitched…

In the next lesson Jo was adding blocks of colour, just simple shapes to represent flowers or seedheads. I chose some colourful batiks from my scrap box and a little tweed. Here’s the first stage, as you can see I was trying different stitches and ideas, particularly with the triangles and rectangles…

I then decided to fill up the spaces with grasses I’d learnt in the earlier sample…

I’m pretty pleased with this, though I think my colour balance is off – I either need darker thread or lighter fabrics! But for a first attempt, I’m happy. So far I’m very impressed with the course, there were about five videos to watch just for week one!

I’m hoping over the weekend to crack on with leson two, so watch this space!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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6 Responses to Grasses and Flowers Workshop

  1. Laura says:

    Thread sketching is on my to-do list! Looking good, Margaret! 🙂

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  2. Jane M says:

    Very effective, I love all your examples.

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  3. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s harder than you would think- I have done physical courses in the past but no way have I mastered the technique- I rather like your colour choices.

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  4. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Agreeing with Cathy — I also like your colour choices!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    That sounds like a great class, and worth the money too. I think your work project is looking. Dry nice, I especially like your grasses, very realistic!

    Liked by 1 person

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