Stitched Songbirds / Chameleon with Nikki Parmenter – *New 2023


A two day workshop, Nikki is back again to Elm Farm, this time giving us a choice between a hand stitched bird project or a handsome chameleon worked with free machine embroidery. Please confirm with Alex at time of booking which you would prefer to do.


Birds: In this workshop you will produce a beautiful hand stitched Indonesian Songbird….or maybe two………using vibrant embroidery threads. Your bird will be placed in a 10 inch wire ring and will be surrounded by exotic flora and fauna which will be cut from funky foam and painted with acrylics.
Chameleon: Make a fabulous mixed media chameleon using plastics, cellophane, fabrics, acrylics and free machine embroidery. You will trace the design out on to PVC and then create a plastic entrapment piece which will be free machine embroidered, hand stitched and embellished.
Your chameleon will be presented on a patterned background made by stitching and painting on to a commercially printed piece of fabric. You will also make a branch, leaves and flowers using plastics, tubing and funky foam.

Additional information


14th and 15th Sept 2023, 16th and 17th Sept 2023



Bird Req:

Some brightly coloured fabric such as sari silk to wrap the hoop,

Bright coloured hand embroidery threads such as DMC or Anchor.

Hand embroidery needle.

Chameleon Req:

Sewing machine with free machine embroidery foot.
Variety of coloured machine embroidery threads.
Sewing equipment.
Pieces of fabric to create a background, which will be just over A4 in size.
Interfacing, A4 in size, to iron on to the back of the fabric to create a strong piece of fabric.

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