‘Sumptuous Soldering II’- A Machine Embroidery Course

5.00 out of 5
4 customer reviews


This machine embroidery workshop incorporates many mixed media techniques which when combined produce an ornate and intricate 3-d Artwork.


Having dipped your toe into the delights of ‘Sumptuous Soldering 1’, this course takes you into the realms of design and composition, using all the techniques used in the first course (and more).  Participants will be asked to draw out a ‘cartoon’ within a circle prior to the day – taking their inspiration from the natural world. You could choose birds, fish, butterflies – email me your idea a few weeks before the first day.  We will then use your design as the basis on which to layer up, print, foil and finally solder, creating a 3-d piece that could be presented within a large hoop or box frame.

Techniques include gilding, foiling, applique  and acrylic printing before machine stitching the components and bringing together as one design ready to be soldered.

To achieve the most out of the course participants could work on their design in the weeks in between sessions.

This workshop is not suitable for those who suffer with breathing problems such as asthma.

Kingfishers by Jan Robinson



Additional information


10am- 4pm

Skill Level

Suitable for those that have done SS1 and /or Vase & Flowers.


11th December 2024 and 22nd January 2025


  • Your design drawn to scale. Chat to me before first day.
  • Craft Soldering tool such as Margaret Beale.
  • Machine and ext table
  • iron if you have a spare.
  • small selection of lumiere paint if you have some or other metallic acrylic paints to inc gold. But dont go and buy especially as you can use mine.
  • pritstick
  • machine embroidery hoop but use mine if you haven’t got.
  • Gold transfer foil – – But dont go and buy especially as I have.
  • Heat gun
  • Selection of machine embroidery threads
  • Spare bobbins
  • Basic sewing kit to inc pins.
  • free motion foot and normal presser foot.
  • It would be great if students could bring any relevant indian blocks – relevant to their design, but i have a good selection.
  • A quilting hoop ( if you wish to work within a circle) – 13 inch diameter is a good size to work to – I wouldn’t go much bigger.
  • Fat Quarter of main base felt colour. For example: if leaves are most evident in your design bring some cheap acrylic/wook mix felt in different greens.
  • Any silk velvet in small pieces and/or dupion silk scraps in the colours of your subject matter.

4 reviews for ‘Sumptuous Soldering II’- A Machine Embroidery Course

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Nixon

    A really enjoyable project under Alex’s excellent guidance. Highly recommended

  2. 5 out of 5


    Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Alex is in her element , buzzing with lots of ideas to guide and encourage everyone with their pieces. All projects were so different and inspiring.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nusia Cooper

    Fabulous course, under Alex’s guidance your simple idea becomes something joyful to behold.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy Bliss

    A fabulous project to do with an inspiring teacher! Putting techniques into practice and learning new things. Exciting couple of days. Brilliant!

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