Mixed Media Textile Books with Suzette Smart


Using imagery from the natural world Suzette will take you on a two day stitch journey creating your own machine stitched book.


You will create a beautiful concertina textile book with painted bondaweb, fabric collage and free machine embroidery. After ironing pieces of painted bondaweb onto calico, lightweight fabrics and lace are cut and placed. These are drawn into and blended with free machine embroidery. Words may be added to your work in stitch or through an image transfer method. Particular detail is given to the book cover. When you are happy with your work, a backing can be added and folds for pages stitched into place.




Additional information


28th February 2020,29th February 2020



Experience Level

Suitable for those with free machine embroidery experience.


  • sewing machine with free motion foot and feed dogs down
  • straight stitch foot
  • 1 metre of calico
  • Threads
  • Lightweight fabrics, maybe inc some lace or special bits of material.
  • Bondaweb
  • images, photos or sketches for inspiration

Suzette Smart Info

I’m a textile artist living and working in a rural hamlet in North Shropshire. The birds and animals outside my door as well as the familiar journeys along the towpath close by, are a great source of inspiration for stitching and storytelling.
I can’t be described as a light stitcher and I never manage to tell all in the first layer, preferring to build a story through thread, collage, words and a little mixed media. My pieces often include hidden histories and tales too. These are held within the inherited fabrics and repurposed embroideries (own and other) I choose to use for collage and as my foundation layer. I mainly use free machine embroidery but the finishing stitches are often in hand.


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