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Improvisational Embroidery

October 31, 2021 - November 5, 2021

Ann Tilley  ·  anntilleyhandmade.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn improvisational embroidery by breaking rules, embellishing, designing, and experimenting. This is a class where you can just enjoy the process of stitching and creativity.


  • Improvisational approach to embroidery
  • Stitching and embellishment
  • Experimenting with fiber


  • Fabric and paper
  • Yarns and threads
  • Needles and stitch tools


  • Study the work of contemporary artists
  • Discovering wearable art
  • Create art works, samplers and embroidery sculpture

Artist Bio

Ann Tilley is a textile artist, clothing designer and teacher who lives in Liberty, North Carolina. She maintains a studio art practice, working in color knitting. Tilley earned her BFA in Fashion and Fibers at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. She has also worked in a variety of small-scale garment studios and factories, including two eponymous clothing lines. Her teaching aesthetic blends disciplined production techniques with home-sewing freedom and playfulness.
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Workshop Description

The goal of this workshop is for students to delve into an improvisational approach to embroidery by breaking rules, embellishing, designing, and experimenting. This is a class where you can enjoy the process of stitching and the creative process. Participants will study the work of contemporary embroidery artists around the world, discuss design inspiration and creativity, learn helpful working techniques, and experiment with stitching, embellishment, and presentation techniques. You will become more relaxed and innovative with embroidery and will create unique pieces of art works, embroidery samplers, wearable art, or an embroidered sculpture. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  download the materials list

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