Sue Stone Workshop Programme & Materials List

Sue Stone Exploring Pattern and Texture

Weekend Workshop Schedule – suitable for all levels

NB: There will be the option to experiment with solely hand stitch techniques, or a mixture of hand and machine techniques in this workshop. A basic knowledge of hand stitch and free machine stitch and the ability to let loose your imagination is required.

In our first session we will get straight down to strip weaving and no we aren’t going to strip off, we’re going to weave with strips of fabric to create small samples. Strip weaving is a versatile technique which has lots of applications and is a quick way to get pattern and texture into your work.

On Saturday we will take our weaving technique into stitch and try some needle weaving.

The day will be interspersed with demonstration but leaving you plenty of time to make your own samples.

Hand stitch techniques we may cover are ‘mock’ herringbone, straight stitches, free cross stitch, and chain stitch. We will look at pattern, how to combine different colours in the needle to create depth and how to combine different stitches to create texture and pattern.

Machine stitch techniques may include ‘cheat’s couching’, free machining combining colours in the needle and experimentation with machine and hand stitch on the same sample.

On Sunday we will continue with experimentation and look at ways of assembling your samples into a stitch ‘sketchbook’ or technique book. By the end of the weekend, you will have is a variety of your own samples, the necessary knowledge and skills to assemble your samples into a ‘stitch techniques book’ which can be kept and used to refer to for future work. You will also have the confidence to try new ways of using simple stitches to create texture and pattern in your own work.


Sue will provide a selection of recycled, vintage and new fabrics and a variety of threads for experimentation for workshop use at a cost of £10 per participant. This may help with your packing if travelling from further afield.

Please bring:

  • Basic sewing equipment embroidery needles (for both thin and thick threads), pins, dressmaking scissors and sharp embroidery scissors.
  • Basic Drawing equipment: Sketch book or notebook and pencil (for making notes and drawing patterns)
  • Optional small amounts of any of your own favourite colours and types of threads, wools, and favourite fabrics (recycled fabrics can be included)
  • Optional: (for those wishing to use machine stitch)
  • Machines
  • NB: Students are required to bring their own sewing machine. Your sewing machine needs to have an appropriate foot and you also need to be able to take the ‘feed dog teeth down’.
  • Don’t forget the foot pedal and lead!
  • Please make sure your machine has recently been serviced and is in good working order

Please bring:

  • Spare sewing machine needles and bobbins
  • Free-machine embroidery/darning foot
  • Embroidery hoop if you use one

NB: Feel free to bring your camera to take photographs of Sue’s handling collection to use as reference for developing your stitch technique book further.

See more of Sue Stone’s work at :