Winter Landscapes

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About the course

In this workshop you'll learn how to create a highly textured and unique embroidered landscape, using easy sewing machine stitching with a little bit of machine embroidery.

It's a great way to use all sorts of fabric scraps and thread oddments, and a chance to play with all those decorative sewing machine patterns you may never have used, to create texture and detail in a new and exciting way. I'll share my secret technique for working with lots of texture and loose threads without getting in a tangle!

We'll be using easy to find sewing machine threads for the bulk of the embroidery, and I'll share my tips for using metallic threads to create some frosty sparkle in your landscape.

A comprehensive introduction to free motion machine embroidery is included in the lessons, so even if you've never tried it before, you'll have all the information and guidance you need to give it a try. 

In this workshop we'll be creating wintry landscapes, but I'll show you how you can easily adapt the technique to make landscapes in other seasons - why not create a set?!

Finally, you'll learn my easy method for finishing and mounting your work, ready to frame and display.  

  • I love your videos. They are so clear, and you explain everything. I've done several online courses this year, and yours are definitely the best! More please!

    — Rachel

What's included?

How to follow the course
Start at the end
Materials list
Wintry inspiration
Let’s get started
Making a template
Starting your background
Adding layers
Preparing to stitch
Creating your landscape
Starting to stitch
Using metallic threads
Design thoughts
Digital drawing
Designing with paper and pen
Adding texture and detail
Stitching your design
  • I like the way you teach - it's calm, considered, warm, and at the perfect pace.

    — Kaz
  • I liked the step by step clear instructions and good videos, and working at my own pace and fitting the course around other commitments.

    — Sally

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the course going to cost?


How long do I have access to the course?

All the course materials will be available here for six months, and I'll be checking in every day for feedback and support for the first eight weeks. The Facebook group is open for the duration, but will be archived at the same time as the course: you will still be able to view posts - you just won’t be able to create new posts or comment. At that time, you will be invited to join my private alumni Facebook group.

How much time will I need?

The course is based on a one day workshop - you could easily construct and embroider the whole landscape in one day, but finishing off will need to be on another day (to allow for drying time). You have access to my feedback for 8 weeks, and the whole course for 6 months, so you can take all the time you need.

Are the classes weekly or can I have instant access to all the lessons?

All the course material is available from the first day of the course, 18th January . It is self-paced; you can go through the lessons when you have the time, and replay the videos as many times as you wish! Just remember that the course material is only available for six months, so make sure you do watch everything before the end and download any PDFs you want to keep.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Once you have signed up, I am not able to give refunds. But if you're really unhappy with the course email me.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn how to construct a simple landscape design in fabric and thread, by considering line and colour, light and shade. You'll learn how to use simple sewing machine stitches to add lines and texture, and investigate the different preset patterns available on your machine to build up areas of texture and detail in a fun way. I’ll show you how to set your machine for free motion embroidery, and how to use those sometimes-tricky metallic machine embroidery threads. I'll also show you how you can finish and mount your work for display and framing. The course is suitable for beginners, but I hope more experienced machine embroiderers looking for a new project will enjoy it and pick up a few new tips and tricks along the way.

What's included in the course?

There are about 25 bite-size lessons in the course, following me at every step as I create a winter landscape and finish it ready for framing. Most lessons have a video with a close-up view of my sewing machine as I stitch, photographs at the end of each stage, and comprehensive notes and tips. Some lessons have PDF handouts to save or print off and keep, and there's a complete "how to" summary at the end for you to keep for future reference. There's also a private Facebook group for the course, for you to meet other course participants and get to know each other - and share your work, ask questions, and give and receive feedback. You can leave comments within the course, here on CourseCraft, and upload photos of your work in progress, so you won't miss out if you don't join the Facebook group. At the end of the course, I'll put all the finished pieces into a gallery section for everyone to see - so again, even if you're not in the Facebook group, you won't miss out on seeing what everyone has created.

Do I have to be able to draw?

Not really. There is a little bit of drawing involved, but mostly we'll use the sewing machine preset patterns to create the details we want in our landscape. I'll share my tips and tricks for how to add design highlights with free motion embroidery, just in case the words "drawing with the sewing machine" make you run for the hills!

What materials and equipment do I need?

You'll need a sewing machine in excellent working order (please clean it out and maybe treat it to a new needle before you start!) You will need a free motion embroidery foot, and the ability to lower or cover the feed dog (the feed teeth). You'll also need basic sewing kit (scissors, needle, thread, pins) plus a few machine embroidery and sewing machine threads in suitably wintry colours, with a white or silver metallic thread if you wish. We'll use fabric scraps and textured threads to create our landscape, so you could start to collect a wintry palette of snippets. We don't need much of each. We're going to mount our work on a small stretched canvas panel - I use a 6" (15cm) square panel - you could use a rectangular panel if you wish, but I recommend keeping it small. Not only will it be easier to finish, when you consider the size of the sewing machine stitches, the scale works better for our landscape design on a small canvas. Finally, you'll need a piece of clear cold-water soluble film, nothing too thick.

Can I share content, videos or PDFs from the lessons?

As I am sure that you will appreciate it takes a lot of time and energy to prepare online courses. Please do not share any of the content. All the information is for the sole use of the individual subscriber and not to be used in any form without written agreement from Isobel Moore. This includes direct teaching to others. I am happy for you to share your work on social media so long as you tag/give me a mention.

Why can't I have access to the course indefinitely?

I am at the end of an email and available throughout the course to advise and comment on your work for the first eight weeks. I check in several times a day, to reply to everyone's comments individually and promptly. I try my hardest to make sure nobody is left hanging waiting for a response. I'm sure you can understand, I can't keep this up indefinitely! I also know from experience that most people work better to a deadline - if you want to receive feedback from me and the other course participants, and have your work featured in the class video, having a cut-off will help you finish the course and achieve your goal of a finished landscape! The course materials will be available for six months in total, so you will still have four months of access after the interactive element of the course has finished. This is ample time to make many, many landscapes in all seasons and find your own style using what you have learned.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Click on my name (at the top of this page) to email me. Once you are in the course you will be invited to join a closed group on Facebook where you can share your work and ask questions - of me and other course members.

This all sounds great. Where do I sign up?

As soon as the course is open for enrolments, there will be a big pink button here to click to sign up! In the meantime, make sure you're on my newsletter list to be notified as soon as the doors open. Sign up here:

  • Thoroughly enjoyable course

    — Jackie
  • I am a quilter, so this course has taken me to a new area for creativity and I love it.

    — Ramona

Hello! I'm Izzy Moore and I've been teaching machine embroidery for over ten years. I love teaching people how to make beautiful things with their sewing machines, and to help open the door to the magical world of machine embroidery. 

I'm a real magpie - I save the tiniest scraps, and love a bit of sparkle. While these landscapes may be wintry and pale, they do include some of my favourite things and some of my favourite embroidery techniques! 

I also love wild landscapes and coastlines, and had the very good fortune to visit Norway in the winter a few years ago. These landscapes are partly inspired by my visit. 

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