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    What techniques do you use on the course? We’ll be exploring a technique called freehand machine embroidery. This is where you stretch your fabric over a hoop and use your sewing machine like a pencil to draw. We will also be using raw edged appliqué and straightforward sewing to construct our projects

    Is the tutoring live? No. The course is a series of video tutorials, which are sent by email on a set day each week so that all participants are completing them at the same time. Poppy will be available live in the Facebook group once a week for a Q&A session

    Is it suitable for beginners? Yes! Although freehand embroidery is a technique that improves with practice, your first attempts can be really charming. The construction techniques used to sew up the projects are simple and I try to avoid jargon. My book on the technique may be useful to have alongside the tutorials. it will be easier if you have used your sewing machine before and know how to sew a simple seam.

    Do you do any other courses? From time to time I run embroidery courses in my studio but I have no plans for more at present. This is my only online course.

    I don’t have a sewing machine can I still take part? All the projects can be completed with hand sewing but they are designed to be sewn by machine.

    I can’t drop the feed dogs on my machine? You can purchase a ‘cover plate’ to cover your feed dogs, you can also set your stitch length to zero so that they don’t move. Failing that you can just put some tape over them.

    Materials packs say they are sold out – will you be making any more? I’m afraid once they’re gone they’re gone and we are unable to make more.

    Where fabrics do I need to take part? There will be a full materials list and a list of recommended suppliers sent out with the Welcome Email on the 19th of October. We do not sell any fabrics.

    Do I have to complete the projects within the 6 weeks? No! It’s fine to take things at your own pace and the videos will be available for as long as you need them.

    I’m not on Facebook can I still take part? All tutorials will be sent by email. However the live Q&A, group support and project sharing will only be available via the Facebook group. Poppy is more than happy to offer support via email for those not on Facebook.

    What age is the club suitable for? I have had participants as young as 11 take part and you’re definitely never too old!

    I’m not able to take part in the live Q&A, will it be available afterwards? Yes the live Q&A will be saved in the Facebook group under the relevant unit.

    Can I take part if I’m out side the UK? Of course! You can add international postage if you purchase materials packs. Please be aware that any timings mentioned will be UK time.

    I want to purchase a subscription for a friend what do I do?

    After you have subscribed please email us at with your order number, the email address you ordered with and your friends email address so we can make sure the right person is on the list.

    If purchasing materials, please enter your friends address as the delivery address. You can enter a gift message at checkout that we will hand write for your friend – make sure you say who it’s from!

    We are not able to send gift messages with subscription only orders but you will get an order confirmation.

    I haven’t received my welcome email? It’s really important you let us know if you don’t receive the welcome email on the 19th of October. Please have a search of your junk, spam and promotions folders and be aware that there can sometimes be a delay with emails arriving. If you definitely don’t have it please email and we’ll double check you’re on the list.