The Sewing Machine and the Artist

July 17 - July 21


The Sewing Machine and the Artist

The Sewing Machine and the Artist

This is a 5-day workshop.  Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.

Students are invited on a journey of exploration to expand the creative possibilities of their sewing machines.

While focusing on learning through free-motion embroidery technique sampling, a basic sewing machine can be used as a creative tool to express ideas, and concepts, and tell stories in fabric and thread.

With guidance, students will work through the processes of painting with thread, making cords to draw with, using built-in automatic stitches expressively, sketching with a threaded needle, translating favorite inspirational images and drawings into thread drawings, and much more. As each student feels comfortable with a technique they will be supported as they work with the variables involved and continue exploring possibilities.

Encouragement to develop a personal vocabulary by applying learned techniques will result in each student’s work being uniquely their own. When given the opportunity to show their samples to each other, share learning experiences, and participate in group discussions the students benefit from being in a safe and supportive learning environment.

All ground fabrics will be supplied by the instructor allowing students to focus entirely on learning and creating with their sewing machines during classroom time. Students also expand their knowledge of the wide range of materials they can sew into and become familiar with the grounds they and their machines prefer to work on.

Material fee includes supplies provided by instructor.  See student supply list for further details.


  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $25
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: Students need to be familiar with the operation of their basic sewing machines.

Price: $855

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Lesley is a trained teacher with a BA in Geography and a BA (Hons) 1st class in Embroidered Textiles, Middlesex University, London, UK. She holds City and Guilds of London Institute certificates in embroidery and design and a Certificate in Visual Design from the University of Calgary.


Click here to read more about LESLEY TURNER


If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.

Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on February 7th at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on February 14th at 12:00pm (PST)