16 Stoddart Street

Newcastle upon Tyne


Daily 10am - 5pm

6 week Free Motion Embroidery Textile Art Course with Donna Cheshire at The Biscuit Factory
6 week Free Motion Embroidery Textile Art Course with Donna Cheshire at The Biscuit Factory

6 week Free Motion Embroidery Textile Art Course with Donna Cheshire


Date: Monday 6 February 2023 (up to and including) Monday 13 March 2023 (every Monday for 6 consecutive weeks)

Time: 1.30-3.30pm 

Age: Suitable for ages 16+


A six week course to introduce you to the thrills of Free Motion Embroidery. In this course you will learn how to adapt a domestic sewing machine so that you can do free motion embroidery. You will learn how to balance stitch speed with hand control in order to stitch smoothly in all directions. You will create a sample book full of your experiments with FME, including appliqué, lettering, drawing, using soluble and bonded fabrics, and creating texture with top and bottom threads. You will gain confidence in using your sewing machine for Free Motion Embroidery and in developing textile art ideas.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners and those with some sewing
machine experience.

All materials will be supplied by your tutor. It would be helpful if you could bring a pair of large fabric scissors. Participants may wish to bring their own sewing machine - this is possible but the machine must be PAT tested.

Donna Cheshire

Donna Cheshire is a textile artist investigating the power that the natural landscape has to ground, nurture and strengthen us. Working with appliqué, hand dyed & machine stitched fabric, embellished with hand stitches Donna produces textile art with an expressive, painterly feel. She studied textile design to Masters level and continues to develop her work through sketchbook explorations and sampling.

As a qualified teacher, Donna worked for many years teaching Art & Design to post 16 students. She now combines her own practice with work as a freelance tutor.
Having grown up ‘down South’ Donna has moved progressively Northwards. The landscape and coastline of the North East and Scotland have become pivotal to her practice.

Further information

All participants will receive an emailed booking confirmation and a reminder email close to the event - please check junk folders.

Payment is required upon booking. Cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to the workshop date are eligible for a full refund. 

Within two weeks of the workshop date places can be transferred into another name nominated by the attendee, or transferred to a future date. 

Participants are encouraged to arrive around 10-15 minutes ahead of their workshop.

There is parking on site and we have 2 free overflow car parks on Bermondsey Street and opposite at The Holy Biscuit.