Design4Stitch Course 2023-24 (Course Full now but email interest)

5.00 out of 5
7 customer reviews


This course is great for those with some experience in textiles and free machine embroidery. In order to get the most out of the course there is homework set and time within sessions is devoted to providing individual critique and group discussion.  An emphasis is put on group learning and students will have access to a private facebook page will which provides a communication link and a great way to discuss topics as a team as the weeks go on . Contact me before booking on for more information.


Exactly what it says on the tin – this is a ten day course over ten months, designed to bridge the gap from initial designs to completed art work.  We will explore the techniques and tools to depict your ideas in textile art. Full, fun and practical workshops, the days runs from 10am -3pm and explore a multitude of methods and topics dear to my heart…using inks and sketchbook work as a starting point  – we take on projects such as painting and stitching, creating paper landscapes, rust dying and cards, textural techniques, machine embroidery stitches,  water soluble methods, and printing. There is homework…and most stitch is done in between studio sessions at home.  Main topic focus: Landscapes and flowers.

The course is very machine embroidery focused so students need to be confident stitchers on the machine. I focus more on design for textiles, rather than stitch techniques although we do have some practical stitch days in the studio where we cover cable stitch and stitches for textural effects.

Please contact me prior to booking to chat through course content.

Fee shown is £240 is per term and there are two terms of five studio days.

First term in 2023 – Sept-Dec – dates now published.

Additional information



Dates for both Groups:

Group A: 11th Sept, 25th Sept, 16th Oct, 6th Nov, 4th Dec 2023, Group B: TBC


Collect any magazine pics/photos/google images.. of flowers with tall stems, landscapes with rolling hills , trees.  A4 size images are ideal.

At some point you will use all of these products. If you don’t want to buy the jacquard paints straight away I would suggest using some of mine and then deciding what you would prefer to get then.

Basic box needs:

Watercolour pencils – Whsmith if you have to buy.

Inktense pencils are a luxury but lovely to have.

White Wax crayon.

A3 Pink Pig 150 gsm or SeaWhite sketch book

Small sketch book – any shape for your sample work to be stapled –could be black pages if you prefer. Paper just needs to be stiff enough to take a bit of gluing.

A couple of thin and thicker black pens for outlining,

Can include Posca pens..white and other colours if you wish.

Koh I noor Ink palette (studio supplies)

Empire Gold Pebeo wax

White Gesso – get the cheapest you can find.

Variety of Flat and round head paint brushes.


Low tack masking tape. Frog Tape is really good if you can get it.

Jacquard Lumiere starter pack of textile paints.

HB pencil


Brusho if you have some but don’t go and buy especially.

A heat gun.


7 reviews for Design4Stitch Course 2023-24 (Course Full now but email interest)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Stearn

    Its been a year long delightful experience. Every session has been a new experience and now look forward to furthering all the knowledge I’ve gained.

    • Alex

      Loved you being here Jen – thank you x

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shan newhouse

    Very good course. Gave me enthusiasm and direction to do far more textile art. Lots of ideas and techniques to improve ability to design, plan, and execute pieces. And lovely to see everyone else’s versions of topics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joy Bliss (verified owner)

    Thank you Alex, it’s been a fabulous 10 months of learning so many different techniques! Thoroughly enjoyed being stretched and challenged. Lots more pics hanging on the wall now! So looking forward to Stage 2 in September! Joy xx

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen Atwill

    Such an inspiring course, a springboard for developing your own work with lots of encouragement. Thank you Alex looking forward to working with you again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan Pettifer

    Truly inspirational course to extend and inspire your stitch creativity. Alex is a fabulous tutor, who is both generous with her time and her knowledge. She will lead you through a range of techniques and options, whilst enabling you to follow your own style and inspirational choices. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Join Alex in her world of mix media, you wont regret it for an instant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Bentley

    What a wonderful, inspirational and varied course! It’s full of content, working with paints, inks, wallpaper, fabric, threads and free motion embroidery. Alex has given me the confidence to try new techniques and to develop my ideas in mixed media. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Alex

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Nevill

    Design for Stitch was brilliant. It took me into directions I wouldn’t have otherwise gone in interesting ways. Alex is an excellent tutor, colour being one of her many strengths, but also, designing projects that are modern and exciting, linking ideas together in contemporary ways. Design for stitch is about creating textile art that is unique to each of us and that experience is very special. Thank you Alex.

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