Hoop Art Thread Drawing using the technique of free machine embroidery

The technique I am concentrating on teaching is Free-Machine Embroidery.

This is the technique I use the most in my own work. I know it inside-out and upside-down (quite literally) so I have plenty of tips and advice to share with you.

I offer Tuition to all abilities from complete beginners to the more advanced. So whether you have no experience in the technique or would like to refresh and extend your existing skills I am happy to help you.

I have 22 years teaching experience in a variety of eduacational locations,

to see where please see my Teaching Experience page.


You can read testimonials of some happy satisfied students here.

For images of the addictive and absorbing technique of Free-Machine Embroidery please see my Flickr and Pinterest website where you will also find archives of my work.


Stitched landscape of collaged fabrics by textile artist Jenni Cadman

At present, I am able to offer tuition at my home on a one-to-one basis or to two friends. Dates would be arranged to mutually suit us all.

For a 1:1 session the cost is £18 per hour, for a 2:1 session the cost is £12.50 per person per hour (MINIMUM 3 HOUR Session). All materials are provided.  These sessions can be designed to suit your own requirements.

Whether you are a complete beginner or the more experienced I can help you with: 

  • Learning a new skill at your own pace
  • Developing your existing skills
  • Your own projects
  • Finding new directions
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Inspiration!

If you are interested in a teaching session with me and or have any queries please email me using the Contact page. 

Stylised flowers using the technique of Free machine Embroidery

Perhaps you are a group of 3 or more friends who would like to do a workshop together? I am offering  6 hour and 4½ hour workshops as outlined below. However, I can design these sessions to suit your group's requirements and abilities.

Please email me if you are interested in a group workshop and would like to go on my waiting list.


Once I have enough numbers I can hire a venue local to me in Sherborne or Milborne Port. So it's up to you to help make it happen!


• Learn how to free machine using a variety of stitches on your machine 

• Work with a wide selection of different threads and fabrics 

• Explore drawing with line, solid embellishment and creating textured surfaces 

• Learn how to transfer designs using different methods 

• Learn from the study of my work and that of other professional artists

Free Machine Embroidery for Beginners – 6 hour Crash Course 

Duration: 1 day

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost - £55 per person, all materials included

Learn to use your sewing machine to draw, embellish and embroider with a wide range of threads from standard rayons through to thick tapestry wools. Leave with many samples and the skills and confidence to work independently.

Free Machine Embroidery for Beginners – 4½ hour Crash Course 

Duration: 1 day

Time: 10am – 2.30pm

Cost - £45 per person, all materials included 

This is a shorter, paired down version of the above workshop and should work in with the school run! It’s not so in depth but will give you the necessary skills and confidence to continue to work independently.

Both workshops are suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience of the technique who want to improve on their existing skills and learn even more.

PLEASE NOTE: Drawing skills are not necessary BUT it is essential that you know your machine well and have experience of using it!

What Essential Equipment will I need for these workshops?

   • Portable sewing machine
   • Spare sewing machine needles and bobbins
   • Basic sewing equipment – pins, needles, dressmaking scissors and sharp embroidery scissors.
   • Sketch book and pencil.
   • Free-machine embroidery/darning foot
   • 8” wooden hoop 

Please email me using the Contact page  to register your interest in a group workshop or if you have any queries.