All participants will need:
A sewing machine capable of dropping the feed dogs (see FAQs for more info)
A darning foot that fits your machine - see here for an example.
Gutermann Sew all polyester or similar good quality thread in navy, white, red and green for the top thread.
Coats Moon thread or similar in black, red, white and green for the bobbin
No.90/14 sewing machine needles
Sewing scissors, pins, tailor’s chalk, tape measure and ruler
A printer to print out appliqué templates.
A space to spread out and make mess and the ability to finally cut up those fabrics you’ve been hoarding for years!
If you didn't get a materials pack you will also need:
A 9 inch embroidery hoop and a 4 inch embroidery hoop (slightly bigger or smaller is fine)
Medium heavy weight fabrics (8oz-10oz or 270/330gsm) eg. linen, brushed cotton, cotton canvas, denim, cotton drill. You'll need cream, navy blue and soft green – you shouldn’t need more than ½ a meter of each colour.
½ a meter of heavy weight calico and some ticking and needlecord in red and navy for linings.
Lightweight cottons or linens for appliqué in red, soft green, brown, white, cream, navy, grey and blue and some polka dots in similar colours. Fat quarters will be plenty.
A note on fabrics: there will be a more detailed materials list released on the 16th of October which will include exact dimensions needed. The fabrics are completely your choice and if you have things already it would be great to use them up – freehand embroidery can be tricky and it’s great to have fabric to practice on. So raid your stash, scour the local charity shops, cut up some old curtains...see what's hiding in the attic! I know from experience that if you start out right away on a beautiful piece of fabric you’ve spent lots of money on it’s much harder to be relaxed when you sew and then your embroidery goes all wrong!
But...you can find our list of recommended online suppliers HERE
Some polyester stuffing or similar
Approximately 2 meters of 20mm cotton webbing or similar in red
Some narrow red ribbon or similar
An 8 inch and 4 inch zip