Experimental Free Machine Embroidery with Priscilla Edwards – 9th June 2024


The Artist

Priscilla Edwards began creating sculptural textiles while studying embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University during the 1990’s. It was here she was encouraged to nurture her love of found materials and transform the lost and overlooked into arresting works of art. These charming yet slightly dark fairy-tale like sculptures transcend the familiar qualities of the original materials and capture Priscilla’s perceptions of beauty, fragility and intrigue.

Once drawn into her enchanting world of afternoon tea, angelic angels and faux flora its hard to not to be captivated by Priscilla’s inquisitive imagination. Over the past 20 years Priscilla has a developed unique range of manipulation methods fusing together a collective of structures and surfaces. She loves to share her passion for textile sculpture and has taught in many textile departments in Adult, Further and Higher Education across the UK. Other teaching includes workshops, short courses and presentations about her practice.

During this workshop Priscilla will share her inspiration and techniques inviting you so take a peek into her world of making and create a piece for yourself. 


The Workshop

Explore the extraordinary possibilities of working with machine embroidery to create beautiful, stitched surfaces. During the workshop Priscilla will share her unique combination of creative techniques showing you how to experiment with different stitches on your sewing machine, working with a variety of threads, how to use a stabiliser fabric, stitching with dissolvable fabric to create structured embroideries and how to incorporate fine wires to give your embroideries shape and structure.

This workshop is aimed to inspire with lots of different techniques and processes so you can develop them in a way that fits in with your own practice or work towards creating a resolved example that reflects Priscilla’s techniques. Priscilla will be bringing lots of her own work on the day and will talk you through how she puts her pieces together, providing the perfect insight into how she develops ideas. Repurposing materials is hugely important in Priscilla’s approach to making so she suggests you also bring along old or loved fragments of precious fabrics and treasures in your stash.

Most equipment and materials are provided and a list of suggested things to bring will be sent to you before the workshop. Please feel free to bring any additional resources you wish to work with; Priscilla always encourages you to develop pieces of work that reflect your own ideas.


9th June 2024 10am - 4.30pm
£99 Includes  most materials & refreshments. Please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two cafes on site or the award winning farm shop.