Creative Sewing: Free Motion Stitching

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Learning to do Free Motion stitching on a regular sewing machine will open doors to a creative side of yourself you may not have known existed! You will create fabric art and thread based items that are beyond what you presently understand can be done on your machine. It is about learning to sue it as a “creative” tool, instead of a “sewing” tool. A few simple adjustments on your machine will open windows of possibilities that will keep you endlessly exploring.

Offering 1F22: Saturdays & Sundays, Oct 29, 30, Nov 5 & 6 2023, 10:00am to 2:30pm, FVCE Classroom #104, 20641 Logan Ave Langley

Supplies Needed:

Some supplies will provided by the instructor.

You must bring:

Personal sewing machine – the simpler the better.

A darning foot for your machine (very important) ** If a darning foot was not supplied with your sewing machine originally, they are available on amazon.ca by searching “darning foot” under “All departments”. Make sure the one you purchase is for your machine. If you happen to have a Janome machine, as Karen does, Trudy at Langley Vacuum and Sewing Centre will be happy to sell you one! 6039 196 St. Langley, 604-533-3577

Machine sewing needles (you will break some while learning!)

Sewing machine threads in a variety of colours

Bobbins with thread

Regular hand sewing needles



6″ or 8″ embroidery hoops

Bic (or comparable) black gel pen

Fabrics: a variety of dark and light plain cotton/broadcloth/linens (whatever you have available): not smaller that 8″ x 8″


Interesting yarns/fibres/thread ends

Embellishments: beads, embroidery threads, trims, etc.

Small sketch / note book

Pencil & pencil crayons

Instructor Bio:

Karen is a retired secondary art teacher from the Surrey School District and eagerly stepped into her personal world of art making when she “renaissanced”. Textiles, fibres, hand stitching and machine stitching have always been part of Karen’s life; doll clothes when she was young, sewing in high school Home Economics, textile design at UBC in the Art Education Department where she learned everything she knows about using her sewing machine as an art tool. Her hands and heart are never far from a needle and thread of one sort or another.

As a life long learner, Karen works at her passion daily exploring a variety of techniques and media: free motion stitching, both 2D and 3D, rug hooking, contemporary hand embroidery, fabric collage art, machine needle punching. She creates functional items such as book covers, book marks, cards, bowls, brooches as well as fine art fabric collage pieces. There are never enough hours in the day for all the things to be learned and created.

Karen’s motto is: I create fabric art with TLC – texture, layering and colour (and of course, love).

You can find examples of Karen’s fibre art on Instagram: @karenckroeker

Karen can be contacted at: renaissancegypsy@me.com

Course Number: HC102
Instructor: Karen Kroeker
Semester: Fall 2022
Classroom: FVCE Classroom (Suite 104, 20641 Logan Ave Langley)
Start Date: Oct 29
End Date: Nov 6
Start Time: 10:00am
End Time: 2:30pm
Class Capacity: 10
Course Price: $189.99
Number of Sessions: 4

Additional information


Offering 1F22: Saturdays & Sundays, Oct 29, 30, Nov 5 & 6 2023, 10:00am to 2:30pm, FVCE Classroom #104, 20641 Logan Ave Langley