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I run a range of courses throughout the year in various locations and online. Check back regularly to find out what's coming up, or sign up to my mailing list to stay in the know!

In my courses I share some of my favourite techniques, projects to do throughout the year, and my own personal hints and tips to get you inspired on your own textile craft or wellbeing journeys, all alongside a community of supportive, like minded participants!

Spaces are limited on each course to keep things cosy, so you can be sure to get the most out of joining each session.

See below for a taster of what I have coming up, and how to sign up!

February...

DRAWING WITH STITCH - ENGAGE AT GRAY'S ART WEEKENDERS

Sat 11 February - Sun 12 February, 9.30am - 4.30pm both days. 

IN PERSON - Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen.

My 'Drawing with Stitch' course is perfect for beginners, or to refresh past skills!

 

Over this weekend course I'll show you several simple embroidery stitching techniques to create 'drawn' texture and drama on cloth. Through these simple techniques I'll give you the ability to create your own drawing on cloth through simple meditative hand sewn mark making.

Day one we will create a sampler of some of my favourite embroidery stitches before day two introducing you to composition and creation of your own embroidered artwork. 

Book via Gray's School of Art.

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PRINT AND STITCH

Sat 18 February, 10am - 4pm. 

IN PERSON - Aberdeen Stitch Textile Group

This course introduces simple printing techniques to create printed textiles, before going on to use these as a basis for creative embroidery.

Exclusively for Aberdeen Stitch Textile Group Members.

March...

UNDERSTANDING PLACE - WELLNESS SERIES AT GREYHOPE BAY

Sat 11 March, 1pm - 3pm. 

IN PERSON - Greyhope Bay, Aberdeen.

In this wellness workshop in partnership with Greyhope Bay participants will be invited to spend some moments grounding themselves within the outdoor space at Greyhope before an introduction to journalling and sketch booking techniques and prompts that can help you to mindfully explore the site.

 

Through these exercises we will create moments for intimate investigations of what surrounds us – what can you see if you really slow down to notice? What ideas may emerge about your place, your relationship to it and what might you learn or discover?

 

To close the workshop participants are invited to share their findings and have some final reflections before leaving with a more activated connection to our natural world.

Book via Greyhope Bay. This course is currently SOLD OUT but you can join the waitlist here:

Coming Soon...

SASHIKO STITCH - CREATIVITY FOR ADULTS AT GREYHOPE BAY

Date and Time TBC. 

IN PERSON - Greyhope Bay, Aberdeen.

I'm bringing my popular Sahiko Stitch course to Greyhope in Spring 2023!

The slow, meditative process of forming one stitch at a time is calming so I find Sashiko the perfect technique for a bit of relaxing, self care  & quiet time! Personal restoration and repair if you will!

 

In this course I will introduce you through the basics of Sashiko stitching; ways the technique can be used to embellish or patch repair textiles, or as a decorative stitch in it's own right, hopefully feeling a little repaired ourselves in the process.

Book via Greyhope Bay. 

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The course gave me a wonderful sanctuary to just be there and sew. I love the way Fiona's classes give you the chance to participate in a virtual meet up but without the usual pressure to talk. The pace was perfect and I will absolutely be returning to the pieces I worked on.

Cannot recommend enough!

From the get go Fiona created the perfect tone for the course by her openness and encouragement that all levels, styles. methods are welcomed. This really set the tone for the group, making the workshops very peaceful, inspiring and connected. 

Immediately I felt comfortable in the environment Fiona created for us all. It was a joy to learn something new and be able to spend such lovely quiet time, working away on our pieces with a new bunch of people.

I left every session feeling lighter and like it was a huge wind down from the day. A wonderful way to spend an evening.

What our Community participants say...

Self directed online courses coming soon...

My menu of popular Community courses are moving online for 2023.

Coming soon, these courses will be available for you to work through at your own pace, and in your own time, from the comfort of your own home. Through a mixture of video and written content and exercises I hope that you can learn or refresh your hand own hand sewing practice through these courses.

Check out the descriptions below for what is in store.

DRAWING WITH STITCH

My 'Drawing with Stitch' course is perfect for beginners, or to refresh past skills!

 

Using collected fabric scraps, and readily available materials, I'll show you several simple embroidery stitching techniques to create 'drawn' texture and drama on cloth. Through these simple techniques I'll give you the ability to create your own drawing on cloth through simple meditative hand sewn mark making.

We will discuss selection of materials and composition as well as covering a range of my favourite embroidery stitches. 

"What Thursday evenings are meant for. I'm developing new skills, am motivated to try things and am gently getting to know other people too. Fiona's new community has a comfortable atmosphere for both artistic people and those at the more crafty end of the creative spectrum."

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COLOUR & COMPOSITION

In this course we'll be digging deeper into what takes your textile piece to the next level! 

 

I'm known for my particular style and my use of colour and composition in my work. Here I'll share some of my personal hints and tips for designing pieces with colour and composition.

We'll touch on colour theory, colour selection, structure, balance and pattern. At the end of this course you'll have a better understanding of creating an overall piece so you can continue to develop your own stitching or embroidery practice.

"I loved how Fiona took us from a basic place but pointed us towards wonderful artistry. It was very empowering and inspiring!"

EMBELLISHMENT & BEADS

 

In this course I'll take you further with your stitching, showing you how to add beads and sequins to give an extra dimension to your work.

 

I'll take you through ways to build height and texture with embellishment, how to work beads into stitches, attach sequins, and show you how you can go on to develop your own 'couture inspired' work. 

"A brilliant little 4 week course on beads and embellishment that gave me a chance to be creative just for the joy of it. And extra special being that I could connect to family doing the course too many miles away!"

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BOTANICAL SEWING & MAKING MOTIFS

Ever wanted to design your own embroidery patterns and designs?

 

In this course I'll demonstrate several embroidery stitching techniques perfect for creating your own botanical inspired textile piece.

"I have been pleasantly surprised at the variety of stitches I have learned in only a few weeks. I find the classes really relaxing and Fiona is a great teacher! I am hooked."

SASHIKO STITCH - RESTORATION & REPAIR

Sashiko is a Japanese folk craft that is hundreds of years old with roots in practicality. Sashiko means “little stabs”, and that perfectly describes the stitch.

The slow, meditative process of forming one stitch at a time is calming so I find Sashiko the perfect technique for a bit of relaxing, self care  & quiet time! Personal restoration and repair if you will!

 

I'll take you through the basics of Sashiko stitching; ways the technique can be used to embellish or patch repair textiles, or as a decorative stitch in it's own right. We'll develop our own personal projects over the block of time, hopefully feeling a little repaired ourselves in the process.

"Really enjoyed my Sashiko course with Fiona, learning from someone who produces such beautiful work herself. I looked forward to my weekly sessions and will be keeping a watch on what other courses are coming up.."

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I'm looking forward to welcoming you! x

What will I need to get started?

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I've designed my courses to need very little investment in equipment or materials. You certainly don't need anything fancy, but if you find you love certain techniques you can upgrade your equipment or materials as you go, and if you so wish...

 

All the equipment you'll need to get started is...

- An embroidery hoop is useful if you have one, but not at all essential!

- A piece of fabric to be used as backing fabric - this can be anything! - an old bit of cotton sheet, old t-shirt etc. (big enough to fit your embroidery hoop if you have one) 

- Additional fabric scraps - could be old clothing, old kids clothing, fabric left from other projects etc. 

- Selection of threads / yarns - e.g. cotton embroidery thread, regular sewing thread, wool yarns. 

- Needles to suit your threads / yarns. 

- Scissors / snips. (Household scissors are fine if this is what you have to hand)

- Optional - paper, glue stick, pins. 

Why not order one of my starter kits.

 

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