Introduction to Free Motion Machine Embroidery with Leisa Rich July 29


Introduction to Free Motion Machine Embroidery with Leisa Rich

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Students in this introductory workshop will explore the exciting, creative technique of free motion machine embroidery on a medium weight cotton cloth. This workshop focuses on a myriad of ways easy-to-do machine embroidery can transition a flat surface to a dimensional, textural one, using thread only! Skills learned can be used to embellish quilts, clothing or home décor, or with practice, advance to “painting with thread” and make wall-hung art works. Discover your personal direction in a supportive learning environment through an emphasis on technical exploration that is fun! Even mistakes are opportunities. Take these great techniques home to inspire continuous exploration.

Registration is open to individuals 17 and older. Participants will need to bring their own sewing machine and supplies; for a complete list of supplies click here

Participants should also bring a bag lunch.

Workshop fee: $75

(Discount for IAC Art Connection Members and Irving Art Association Members: $50)

To register call 972.252.2787.

About Leisa:

Leisa Rich is an experimental artist working with an array of new fibers, detritus and mixed media in 2D, sculptural, installation and 3D printing. Rich pulls from many art and fiber techniques but it is Free Motion stitching, sewing, hand embroidery and 3D printing that are employed most often in her works. She exhibits internationally and nationally, has been featured on the PBS artist special inCONTEXT, in several books: 3D Mixed Media Textile ArtTextile Art Around the World; Mastering the Art of Embroidery; The Best of America Sculpture; NoPlaceness: Art in A Post-Urban Landscape; Modern Sculpture; The Studio Quilt No. 6: State of the Art; Hand to Hand; Quilt National 2009; The Best of America Sculpture Artists and Artisans and in magazines, newspapers, blogs and televised interviews. She holds Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Education in Art degrees and teaches in colleges, arts centers, educational institutions, studio, and travels to teach. Leisa Rich has pieces in the collections of  Delta Airlines, Emory Healthcare, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Kamm Teapot Foundation, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas- Pan American and in private collections.  To learn more visit

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