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Whimsical florals using basic free motion stitching techniques.

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Learn freestyle machine thread sketching and create unique and beautiful Whimsical Flowers stitched art, using this step-by-step method that will take you from 'How?' to 'Wow!'.

Thread sketching is an exciting and varied way to use free machine embroidery to make a complete picture or embellish a design.

No drawing skills required! Believe me - you can do it - I will show you how!

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Who is this course for?

Are you an enthusiastic beginner thread sketcher, with little or no experience of free motion stitching?

Or perhaps an intermediate machine stitcher with a desire to learn this freestyle method?

This course is for you!

You will learn the basics of free motion machine stitching, and I will explain every step as you progress through the course.

Don't have any experience with free motion stitching?

Fear not! I will show you what to do and how to do it.

I'll be at your side if you need help.

However, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your sewing machine.

Some experience with free motion stitching is beneficial - but NOT ESSENTIAL!

The projects are designed to suit total beginners who are prepared to learn and practise step by step.

What you get...

Using inspiration from photos or real life, you will:

Design two stunning stitched pictures

Discover ways to build colour, texture and tonal value with thread

Learn techniques for creating your designs, and selecting fabrics and threads.

Create a truly beautiful and unique work of art!

A comprehensive series of progressive exercises.

Over 4 hours of video.

46 Lessons delivered in easy-to-digest, bite-size pieces.

Downloadable PDF notes and images.

Online access to me if you need assistance.

You will be guided through the process of building your textile art from the ground up, with step-by-step examples of simple yet effective fee motion stitching using just one type of stitch, found on all sewing machines.

I'll even include a few of my 'secrets' for creating great stitched textile art pictures quickly and easily!

Lifetime access.

100% guarantee.


What you need...

  • A domestic sewing machine that can be fitted with a free motion foot, and drop the feed dogs
  • Most modern machines, except some very basic 'entry level' models have these capabilities included.

Not sure what a free motion foot is? Or what the feed dogs are?

A free motion foot may also be referred to as a darning foot, open toe foot, or hopping foot. The feed dogs are the little metal 'teeth' located underneath the needle and are raised or lowered using a lever or electronic button. These items will be fully explained in the course material.

  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Small pieces of cotton fabrics
  • A few other items, such as batting and stabiliser
  • A comprehensive list of all requirements is included in the course, along with explanations and descriptions


My goal...

My goal is to make you comfortable with this technique as quickly as possible, by showing you equipment basics, choosing fabric and threads, easy stitch techniques, and guiding you through your own piece.

At the end of this course you will have a comprehensive reference collection of design and stitch techniques, and two completed stitched art works. You will be well equipped to do you own further experiments with style and design to create your own truly stunning works of art.

Join in the fun!

If you're ready to learn this fabulous, creative and interesting technique now, then go ahead and hit the ENROLL button!

I'm really excited and look forward to seeing you in the course!

What students say about 'Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching - the Easy, Whimsical Way'...

'Hi Deborah, I've really enjoyed watching this series of videos and can't wait to get started. Also looking forward to future courses - please add me to your e-mail notifications of these new courses. Thanks, Mary.'

'Hello Deborah, I'm new to free motion quilting and so pleased I enrolled on your course. I have watched the whole course, and enjoyed every minute of it, with your very clear and pleasant teaching method before I venture into drawing and sewing my first picture. Kind Regards Val from the UK.'

'Deborah, I just love your online course, Freestyle Thread Sketching. I am so proud of what I am doing now, you are a fabulous teacher...I didn't even know I could draw, thank you for teaching me.' Andrea, Australia

Your Instructor

Deborah Wirsu
Deborah Wirsu

Deborah Wirsu is an Australian Textile Artist who has created hundreds of pieces of thread sketched and machine embroidered art, patterns and quilts, plus dozens of demonstration videos and tutorials on these subjects.

Her Work...

With a love of freestyle stitching, she builds texture and detail on collaged, dyed and painted surfaces, creating art quilts, thread sketches and textile pieces.

She has given workshops, presentations and talks, exhibited and sold works online and in various countries, and been featured in Australian Quilters Companion magazine a number of times.

Her Business...

Deborah runs a successful online Arts Education business from her website www.deborahwirsu.com.

In her 'spare time', Deborah is also a professional Musician - performing in orchestras and chamber music, and teaching viola and violin. Just in case this isn't enough, Deborah also teaches English to ESL (English Second Language) students.

Deborah is involved in a number of community organisations in the Arts and Music fields, and loves to play opera!

Class Curriculum

  Module 4: Let's Get Started! Drawing and stitching your samplers
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  Module 9: BONUS section: Binding, Mounting and Framing
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What currency is used for payments for this course?
Course payments are in USD.
Will I be advised of updates and other products?
Yes. As a student at Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy you will receive occasional email newsletters from Deborah Wirsu (www.deborahwirsu.com) with news of general interest and/or updates, new courses and other products. You may opt out of these email newsletters at any time using the 'Unsubscribe' link at the bottom of the Studio News emails, or by contacting Deborah Wirsu.

This course is not open for enrollment.