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Tue, 23 Apr


Janome UK HQ

Drawing and Painting with Free Machine Embroidery

Let me take the fear out of Free Machine Embroidery as we spend two delightful days exploring drawing and painting with fabric and thread.

Drawing and Painting with Free Machine Embroidery
Drawing and Painting with Free Machine Embroidery

Time & Location

23 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 24 Apr 2024, 16:00

Janome UK HQ, Unit 1 Southside, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2SP, UK

About the event

Drawing and Painting with Free Machine Embroidery

Unlock the potential of Free Machine Embroidery (FME) as we embark on two enriching days dedicated to drawing and painting with fabric and thread. Join me at the purpose-built training facility at Janome HQ, surrounded by an array of machines. No need to worry—simply show up and immerse yourself in this delightful experience.

Thread, a versatile medium beyond mere fabric fusion, becomes a painting tool in our hands. As we draw and color with thread, each stitch offers an opportunity to play with texture, transitioning seamlessly from the smooth fabric plain to intricate stitched surface structures.

Highlights of the Workshop:

  • Unique Scenes and Compositions: Learn how to draw and capture your own scenes and compositions, ensuring that your drawing approach enhances your stitch work. Practice drawing with thread and push your skills toward the creation of a distinctive stitched artwork.
  • Not for Beginners: This workshop is designed for those familiar with FME basics, ready to elevate their skills to the next level of the addiction. No need to fret if you've set up your machine before and dabbled with FME—you're in the right place.
  • Harmony with Your Machine: Gain confidence as you learn to work in harmony with your sewing machine, creating a seamless collaboration between you and your trusted tool.
  • Understanding Threads: Delve into the world of thread types and weights, enhancing your knowledge and empowering you to make informed choices for your projects.
  • Thread as a Painting Medium: Develop the ability to draw and paint with thread, blending colors seamlessly as you sew, creating vibrant and textured works of art.


  • Dates: 23rd & 24th April
  • Time: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Inclusions: All machines, materials/threads, refreshments, buffet lunch, and homemade cake
  • Investment: £180.00

About Your Tutor: Dionne Swift

With 34 years of tutoring experience, Dionne Swift teaches and exhibits globally. She holds a BA in Textiles from Goldsmith's College, London University, a Masters in Textiles from UCE, and a collection of teaching qualifications. Join Dionne on this journey of discovery—no rights, no wrongs, just your personal path to developing a unique style.

"I will hold your hand through this journey of discovery as you open up your paint box. It’s your own personal path to developing your own unique style: I can’t wait to get started."

Please get in touch if you have any queries. Let the artistry unfold as you explore the captivating world of drawing and painting with Free Machine Embroidery.


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