Forthcoming workshops and events

Our next workshop will be a Bird Portrait and will be led by Helen Walsh.  

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Bird Portraits with Hand and Machine Embroidery

with Helen Walsh

Join me to find out how to create beautiful bird portraits with hand and machine embroidery! In this workshop we will explore how to transfer our design onto cloth using a light box, how to add colour and texture with appliqué and how to bring our portraits to life with stitch.


  • An image to work from, ideally around A4 size, this may be a photo or drawing. I will provide some templates but feel free to use your own
  • A light-box if you have one (I will bring my light-boxes so don't buy one especially for this!)
  • Base fabric; I like a plain mid weight cotton/linen blend
  • Fabric for appliqué in colours matching your bird, only small amounts needed so raid the scrap box!
  • Fusible web (bond-a-web or similar)
  • Air soluble fabric marker or dressmaking pencil
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery threads in your preferred colours and weights (hand and machine)
  • Beads, buttons and other embellishments (optional)
  • Stitch dictionary (optional)
  • An iron and ironing board (we can obviously share these) and baking parchment or greaseproof paper
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Sewing machine set up for free motion embroidery; so with a darning foot and feed dogs dropped or darning plate attached (optional)

I will bring plenty of spares and extras so don't worry if you haven't got everything or aren't sure exactly what you need.


Snape Textiles Group contact

For further information on the Snape Textiles Group or to enquire about places on workshops or events please contact Sarah Lowe, 01677 470444 or