Distance Learning - Machine Embroidery
This course has been developed from the City & Guilds 7822 Level 2 course which I taught in college and by Distance Learning for Gloucester College. It contains the same syllabus, the only difference being that as I am no longer attached to a college, there is no City & Guilds certification available.
The syllabus is intended for beginners and those who want to develop their skills in design and machine embroidery. The course is divided into a general introduction and six units of work. I will begin by sending you the Introductory Unit and Unit One. On submission of the first unit you will receive a written tutorial giving advice and suggestions, together with Unit Two and so on.
Although the course has only been running for a few months, there is great feedback already:
"I managed to do my first successful lines of machine embroidery with your excellent instructions - I have never managed to get the hang of it before! Love it!"
Skip to images of students' work from this course.
The work is divided into six units on completion, you will have:-
- A portfolio of stitched samples
- A design portfolio
- A set of 10 extended samples developed from your design portfolio on markmaking, pattern development, colour studies etc.
- 2 completed pieces including all the backup work that would be required for a real commission including alternative designs, samples, costings and suppliers.
Images of work completed by students
Click on the icons to see a gallery of student's work for each completed unit.
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Do I have to have a computer to take this course?
NO! The post still works very well, although a little slower, I aim to turn work around in a week and I will make sure you have plenty of ideas to develop while waiting or you can begin your next unit.
How do I Receive my Units?
Units can be sent in printed form or downloaded from the internet. There will be an additional charge to cover postage and printing costs.
How do I Submit my Work?
It is much easier to assess and comment on work if the it can be seen for real but I do understand that the cost of postage can be expensive especially if you are overseas. If you can take good quality pictures of your work then it is fine to send those for assessment. I would advise, that some pieces, perhaps the finished items, are posted so I can give some really detailed feedback. You could also consider working your samples and design sheets as separate papers which could be mounted into a portfolio or sketchbook once I have seen them.
Some students may wish to set up a blog or diary of their work including these images to share experiences of their own creative journey.
How Long Will the Course Take?
I expect the course to take about a year to complete working although it very much depends on your other commitments.
How do I Start?
You can start the course at any time, it is always nice to have a chat about the course in general, so do drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org with your number and I can call you, or ring me on 0845 643 1511 which is a local UK rate.
The cost of each unit to be £40. You can pay for one unit at a time and only pay for the next one when you are ready for it. In addition to this you will have the expense of your craft and design materials and any return postage for printed units and samples sent for evaluation.
Examples of Students' City & Guilds Exhibitions
Examples of both college based and distance learners from some of the college exhibitions are shown below which will give you an idea of the kind of work that was produced.