‘Thread Painted Waves’ – A Machine Embroidery Short Course in A Box

5.00 out of 5
6 customer reviews


The swirl of a wave is a great way to display your free motion embroidery. Combine thread painting with layers of fabric and paint to produce a coastal textile panel. Upon booking this project box will be sent to your door within two weeks.

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Everything you need, with the exception of threads and a bit of paint will be in your project box .  This will include two lots of fabric ‘sandwiches’ so you practice on a sample square, before going onto the longer wave composition.  The end result will be two Wave Art pieces that can be mounted in box frames – one square and the other a longer composition as pictured.  Along with colour step by step instructions I have supplied templates which you can trace off and will become the basis of your own design.   The course covers a multitude of techniques and there are four recorded tutorials on Facebook where I take you through all the processes which can be viewed anytime that suits the student.  The videos will take participants through each of the stages and I break the processes down to painting, thead-painting, cutting away and quilting into your design, creating colour and depth with stitch. You will learn how to manipulate the surface of the fabric to create rivers of texture.  This course requires a lot of free motion stitching – but the more time you put in – the better the outcome. Ideal for beginners with some experience and improvers in free motion embroidery.



  • Selection of machine embroidery threads in a ‘family of colours’ plus one or two vivid contrast colours such as orange.
  • Metallic acrylic paint in silver/white/turquoise/gold such as lumiere.
  • Machine with ext table
  • free motion foot
  • spare bobbins,
  • Madeira silver/ gold metallic machine threads.
  • a biro and hb pencil and a fine brush.
  • fabric scissors and sharp embroidery scissors
  • beads to embellish if you wish.
  • pins


6 reviews for ‘Thread Painted Waves’ – A Machine Embroidery Short Course in A Box

  1. 5 out of 5


    Mesmerising, hypnotising, therapeutic and calming. This workshop is so beautifully simple and I lost myself completely in the simplicity and serenity. My favourite workshop (so far…) and I can’t wait to experiment with other shapes and colours next time ❤

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine George (verified owner)

    This has been such fun to tackle, almost like a trip to the beach! Alex provides very helpful and supportive video clips on Facebook, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The end result is a contemporary piece that will look fab on the wall of any home.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Burt

    I really enjoyed this workshop with really helpful videos from Alex to help explain the process. This workshop really helped build my confidence on the technique of free motion machine embroidery. I am so pleased with the results and I will definitely be moving on to the bigger project. I would absolutely recommend this workshop to others x

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Baker (verified owner)

    Lockdown did not stop us getting together on Zoom to discuss the at forward with the project. The fabrics were soooo good thanks to Alex selecting them. The instructions and videos were a real help. We all had a great time with the catch up zoom sessions. I have produced a brilliant piece of work. Really pleased with the result

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Eltham

    This has been a really exciting project and one I have loved doing. The videos and instructions are excellent and it was really nice to have the lovely fabrics and templates provided. I found the zoom meetings really useful as Alex answered all our questions and I could see how other people approached the project. It has made me want to do more!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brown (verified owner)

    I wasn’t sure if I would manage this without suitable adult supervision, but the video tutorials were fab. These, coupled with zoom meetings and the Facebook group for queries, to discuss ideas & get feedback, were enough for me to produce a sample piece and a full size project at home.
    Obviously it wasn’t quite the same as being in the studio with the sociable aspect that brings, but the zoom meetings were very good for seeing old friends and having a bit of a chat. Certainly the next best thing to being able to be at the studio in person. Alex has done a fantastic job, thoughtfully creating a super home project, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am currently shielding, so this was a (very) welcome distraction.

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