The Garden in Paint and Stitch: a 2-day Machine Embroidery course -FULLY BOOKED September 14 | 10:00 am - September 15 | 4:00 pm

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Inspired by the flowers and foliage of the Chelsea Physic Garden students will create a thread painted flower study on hand painted silk.
Students will start this course exploring the garden for inspiration, taking photographs of flowers, observing shapes and form, gathering ideas for colour combinations and designs.
Through tutor demonstrations you will learn how to paint on silk and produce creative backgrounds in response to the garden.
To complete our designs and create detail and definition we will add a range of freehand machine stitched flowers. With Alison Holt.


Alison Holt, is a UK contemporary textile artist with, a Fine Art Embroidery BA Hons degree from Goldsmiths College, London, specialising in freehand machine embroidery.

Using a basic Bernina sewing machine and just 2 stitches, straight stitch and zig-zag she makes embroidered pictures of landscapes, seascapes, flowers and garden scenes, influenced by the Shropshire Wales border near Oswestry where she livesmand by her extensive travels.

Alongside the 5 books on her style of threadpainting and an educational DVD, Creative Machine Embroidery, she offers a range of textile courses and lectures in the UK and abroad. She travels each year to Australia for a 6 week teaching trip.

She works to commission and has experience of exhibiting regularly at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and M1 Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich. Also other exhibitions in the UK, France and Australia. More information at

During this two-day course, some materials will be provided and others can be borrowed or purchased from the tutor.
£185 Price includes refreshments and a light lunch,  and a 10% discount in our Cafe and shop on both days.

Please note this event takes place in our lecture room up some stairs with no alternative access. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience.


September 14 | 10:00 am
September 15 | 4:00 pm
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Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
London, SW34HS United Kingdom
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