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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Creative Drawing in Machine Stitch
Course Date: Friday 29th September 2017
Category: Textiles
Price: £80


Produce stunning pictures by using your sewing machine and coloured threads in new and creative ways. Step-by-step instruction will enable you to draw, blend colours and shade, using the thread as your ink and the needle as your pen. If you have done this course previously with the tutor, please let us know when you book so that you can develop your skills by working on a new project.

Further Detail

You will learn the technique by working on a daisy design prepared by the tutor, after which you will have the knowledge and confidence to produce your own designs at home. 

It is important that you know how to use your machine, and that it is has a darning foot.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • creative use of your sewing machine
  • colour theory and practice 
  • principles of composition and design 


A course for all abilities, including beginners. You must know how your sewing machine works.

Please bring with you:

  • a sewing machine you know well. It must be able to 'drop' or 'cover' its feed and have a darning foot
  • sewing machine needles – sizes ranging from 75 to 90 or even 100
  • a variety of machine sewing and machine embroidery threads in the following colours: greens, white, pale blue, pink, metallic silver, yellow and metallic gold (and threads of all kinds – cottons, polyesters, rayons, etc – bring whatever you have)
  • some coloured pencils
  • an embroidery hoop (approximately 9" diameter)
  • about half a metre of white cotton/polyester sheeting
  • a pair of sharp scissors  

What students have said about this course/tutor:

"Very inspirational. Superb." - A Hadfield

"Wonderful. Richard...led us to independence and confidence as the course progressed." - B Bexley

"Brilliant and well paced." 

"Well thought through.  Presentation was both enjoyable and very educational.  Time flew by"

Tutor Profile

Richard Box is an artist and art historian, and trained at Goldsmith's College of Art. He has painted in oils and watercolours for many years and is now exploring acrylics. Richard discovered embroidery under the aegis of Constance Howard and continues to develop his textile work which involves fabric collage with both machine and hand stitching ('painting' with fabric and thread). Richard has written several books on drawing, design and embroidery. As well as teaching the 'terrified' and 'petrified' and those who enrol on his textile courses, he gives lectures to branches of the Embroiderers' Guild, Women's Institutes, Probus, WEA, and the National Association of the Fine and Decorative Arts Society. Richard holds an Advanced Diploma in Education.

View Richard's website at

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.