Courses and Lectures

 New Zoom workshops are on offer so you can enjoy from the safety
of your own home. See below for details


 
I offer a range of courses, lectures and workshops specialising in freehand machine embroidery and related creative stitching techniques. Weekly courses offer an intensive exploration into the creative world of
Freehand Machine Embroidery.

Get to know your sewing machine and use it as a drawing tool to create individual designs.
One day workshops are on offer in Brighton, Sussex:-

Residential courses are on offer at West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex,

 As a freelance tutor and lecturer, I travel nationally and internationally, visiting groups and guilds.

(see below for details of available courses)

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ZOOM WORKSHOPS

I will be delivering a selection of courses online via Zoom.
book on:-  01273 417178               e-mail  wendy@wendydolan.co.uk

MACHINE EMBROIDEREY INSPIRED BY GUSTAV KLIMT
            Saturday 10th April
- 2021
              10am - 4pm          £50          COURSE FULL
Explore the patterns and colours in the work of Gustav Klimt. You will be layering fabrics, machine stitching and then
 cutting away areas with scissors or a soldering iron. Gold and Silver leaf (imitation) will be applied to areas of the design. 
All levels of ability.

IN THE MEADOW - LAYER, PAINT AND STITCH
Saturday 24th April
- 2021
              10am - 4pm          £50
Inspired by the meadow flowers project in my book ‘Layer, Paint and Stitch’ you will layer and machine stitch natural fabrics and trimmings. This textured background will be painted and then worked into with freehand machine embroidery creating a meadow of flowers.
All levels of ability
You will need fabric paints for this workshop

MACHINE EMBROIDERED BOWLS
            Sunday 16th May 2021
              10am - 4pm          £50
Create a unique stitched bowl using the Acetate/Acetone technique. Working on acetate fabric, stretched in an embroidery hoop you will create your own individual bowl. The design can be abstract, exploring colour and pattern, or can have a theme such as flowers or leaves. Selecting a palette of thread colours, you will learn how to build up areas of stitch. All levels of ability.

MACHINE EMBROIDERED TREES
            Sunday 6th June 2021
              10am - 4pm          £50
Learn how to interpret trees with freehand machine embroidery and applied fabrics.
Simple backgrounds will be painted to create a small picture.   All levels of ability.

    MONET’S GARDENS
                Saturday 3rd July 2021
                  10am - 4pm          £50
    Learn how to interpret trees with freehand machine embroidery and applied fabrics.
    Simple backgrounds will be painted to create a small picture.   All levels of ability.

WEST DEAN COLLEGE
West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 0QZ
book on:- 01243 811301
www.westdean.org.uk
Residential / non-residential

MACHINE EMBROIDERED BOWLS
6th September 2021
A taster day at West Dean.
Create a unique stitched bowl using the Acetate/Acetone technique.

MACHINE EMBROIDEREY - PLACES AND JOURNEYS
6th-10th September
- 2021                £503
Combine mixed media techniques to create a unique textile image. Use maps with transfer printing techniques and
combine with freehand machine embroidery, layering fabrics and three-dimensional textural effects to express your ideas
.
All levels of ability

MACHINE EMBROIDEREY INSPIRED BY GUSTAV KLIMT
10th-13th December 2021
Enjoy exploring the patterns and colours in the work of Gustav Klimt.
You will be layering fabrics, machine stitching and then burning away areas with a soldering iron.
Gold and Silver leaf (imitation) will be applied to areas of the design
All levels of ability

EXPLORING MACHINE EMBROIDEREY TECHNIQUES
6th-9th January 2022
Develop your machine embroidery skills
All levels of ability

MACHINE EMBROIDERED TEXTILES INSPIRED BY PATTERNS AND COLOURS OF INDIA.   NEW COURSE
24th-27th February
- 2022
The patterns and colours of India offer endless inspiration for textiles. Fabrics will be pieced and layered, then embellished with paint, freehand machine and hand stitching. Wooden printing blocks will add decorative elements to your individual designs.
All levels of ability

 


THE GRANARY STUDIOS

The Granary, Owslebury Farm, Main Road, Owslebury, SO21 1LU
https://granarystudio.com

MACHINE EMBROIDERY INSPIRED BY GUSTAV KLIMT
28th-29th October 2021     2 days Thurs/Fri              £175      
(rescheduled)

Enjoy two days exploring the patterns and colours in the work of Gustav Klimt.
You will be layering fabrics, machine stitching and then burning away areas with a soldering iron.
Gold and Silver leaf (imitation) will be applied to areas of the design
 

IN STITCHES CREATIVE TEXTILE COURSES
Sunfield Studio Unit 9, Sunfield Business Park, čNew Mill Road, Wokingham. RG40 4Q
https://www.institchestextilecourses.co.uk/wendy-dolan---architecture-in-stitch-2021.html  

      ARCHITECTURE IN STITCH    
   
14th - 15th October 2021   (rescheduled)
          This course is inspired by doors, windows and other architectural features.
Applied fabrics, texture mediums, fabric painting,
and freehand machine embroidery will be combined to create exciting textured surfaces. Fabrics will be pieced, patched, layered
and textured, then worked into with paint and machine embroidery as you create an individual design
.
 

OLD BANK STUDIOS
19 King Quay Street, Harwich, Essex CO12 3ER
http://www.oldbankstudios.co.uk/events/wendy-dolan-layer-paint-stitch
contact 01255 242930

         LAYER, PAINT AND STITCH    
     
  17th - 18th July 2021 

 
This course offers the chance to develop a variety of skills in a creative way. Applied fabrics, texture mediums, fabric painting, and    freehand machine embroidery will be combined to create exciting textured surfaces. Fabrics will be pieced, patched, layered and textured, then worked into with paint and machine embroidery.                  

 

BRIGHTON SUMMER SCHOOL
Falmer Village Hall, South Street, Falmer, Brighton. BN1 9PT 
book on:-  01273 417178        e-mail
 wendy@wendydolan.co.uk

SUMMER SCHOOL ‘AROUND THE WORLD’
 9th - 13th August 2021    £285
The theme for the week will be ‘Around the World’. You will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of techniques, including piecing, patching and layering,  fabric painting and printing and freehand machine embroidery. You will then develop an individual piece of work.
Set in a beautiful location opposite the village pond in Falmer Village, Sussex - near the Universities of Sussex and
Brighton and the Amex Stadium. Enjoy a week of creative stitching. Free parking.
 


CREATIVE MACHINE EMBROIDERY

These popular courses offer an in depth exploration into the exciting world of Freehand Machine Embroidery
We will be returning to our regular venue in Hove for these courses

Oasis Fellowship Hall, Hangleton Way, Hove BN3 8EQ
book on:-  01273 417178               e-mail  wendy@wendydolan.co.uk

BEGINNERS & IMPROVERS

Wednesday   10.00am-3.30pm   (all day, alternate weeks)   12 weeks from October 2021      £400  
Learn how to set up your machine for freehand machine embroidery and ‘draw’ with your thread.
Develop control of your machine and create exciting textures and patterns which can be translated into pictures, hangings,
cushions, clothing and accessories. Improvers will develop their skills while working on projects throughout the year.
 
ADVANCED

A course designed for students who have attended the beginners/improvers course or equivalent.
On this project led course, skills will be developed while learning new techniques.
   Wednesday   10.00am-3.30pm     (all day, alternate weeks)  
12 weeks from October 2021      £400  
 

PATCHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE
Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 8TA
book on:-  01273 417178            e-mail
  wendy@wendydolan.co.uk

Dates to be arranged for later this year.

                          As a freelance tutor and lecturer I am happy to travel to your Group or Organisation            
and offer the following selection of titles. Most of these can be online via Zoom if required.

WORKSHOPS

                                                               Creative Machine Embroidery for Beginners                                                                   
In The Meadow - Layer, Paint and Stitch (1 or 2 day +)
Layered Landscapes (1 or 2 day +)
Machine Embroidered Winter Landscapes / Autumn Landscapes
Architecture in Stitch (1 or 2 day +)
Machine Embroidered Book Covers
Machine Embroidered Bowls and Vessels - working with soluble fabrics
Machine Embroidered Lace - using soluble fabrics
Machine Embroidery inspired by Gustav Klimt (1 or 2 day +)
Machine Embroidery inspired by Antoni Gaudi (1 or 2 day +)
Machine Embroidered Flowers
Machine Embroidered Trees
Machine Embroidered Gardens

LECTURES

Creative Stitched Textiles
Interpreting Natural Forms in Embroidery
Art, Architecture and Stitch
Layer, Paint and Stitch - Exploring the techniques and ideas in my book.
A Change of Scale - The challenges of large scale commissions

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