Classes and Demos

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Beginning Marbling

4 hours, $60.00 class fee, supply fee $25.00

            (minimum 5 students, maximum 10)

            Learn the ancient art of marbling by creating cotton fabrics using traditional marbling patterns. You will learn 5 basic patterns (stone, freeform, chevron, nonpareil, bouquet) and create pieces of marbled cotton suitable for a small sampler. This class is an overview of the process, using existing supplies, with fabric that is already prepared for you.

Supply Fee: $25.00

1/3 yard pima cotton, 1yard Offray ribbon, carrageenan, alum, paints, combs, brushes,  drying racks, soda ash, pins, toothpicks

Student Needs to Supply:

cookie tray or roaster pan (at least 10 inches in width, and a half-inch in depth),

sheets of newspaper (no color) for drying fabric, notebook for notes and diagrams, ruler  and pencil, rags/paper towels, small plastic tub for carrying wet fabrics,   gloves

Wear old clothes!

 

Advanced Marbling

4 hours, $60.00  class fee, supply fee $25.00         

(minimum 5 students, maximum 10)

Learn the recipes needed for the carrageenan bath and pretreatments. Make the combs and rakes you will to marble any time you wish. Learn advanced marbling patterns (wave, clamshell, wing, feathers, cable, fountain, cascade) and experiment with paint and pattern on cotton and silk.

Supply Fee: $25.00

1/2 yard pima cotton, carrageenan, alum, 1/2 yard 10 mm silk, paints, combs, brushes, drying racks, soda ash, balsa wood, popsicle sticks, box cutter, awl

Student Needs to Supply:

cookie tray or roaster pan (at least 10 inches in width, and a half-inch in depth),

sheets of newspaper (no color) for drying fabric, notebook for notes and diagrams, ruler  and pencil, rags/paper towels, small plastic tub for carrying wet fabrics, gloves, masking tape (at least 1 inch wide, wider is better), Elmer’s glue, straight pins and/or t-pins (no glass heads), rubber bands

Wear old clothes!

 

Beginning Free Motion Quilting

4 hours, $50.00 (individual in our home studio)

Now what? Your quilt top is done…send it out or quilt it yourself? You can free-motion your own quilt top, no fancy domestic or long-arm machine needed! You CAN do it all yourself – it just takes some practice! From thread choice, basic supplies, setting up your machine, to learning basic FMQ patterns, you will learn the happy sounds of your machine as you practice five basic patterns on a fat-quarter sandwich: straight lines (without a ruler or walking foot), various size stipples, pebbles, and a leaf/vine shape.

You supply:

sewing machine in working order, ability to lower feed dogs, instruction manual

free-motion (or darning) foot; #80 or #90 machine needles (#90 might be easier)

a selection of threads, from “old and cheap” to “fancy and expensive”

low-loft cotton batting in fat quarter size

4 fat quarters, one for the top and one for the bottom of two quilt sandwiches (not fancy fabrics, just for practice, and muslin is fine)

scrap paper and pencil or pen; scissors; marking tools (fabric marker or chalk)

optional: finished quilt top for design ideas

optional: a machine extension table

 

 

Intermediate: Moving Ahead with Your FMQ Skills

4 hours, $50.00 (individual in our home studio)

The sewing machine is working, and you’ve started stippling away on your quilt top, but you’re getting bored. Now is the time for new free motion quilting patterns. Yes – you can do feathers…and spirals…and gridded patterns…and leaves and grapes…and cathedral windows. If there’s time, experiment with bobbin work, and create a stencil of your own.

You supply:

sewing machine in working order, ability to lower feed dogs, instruction manual

free-motion (or darning) foot; #80 or #90 machine needles (#90 might be easier)

a selection of threads, from “old and cheap” to “fancy and expensive”

low-loft cotton batting in fat quarter size

4 fat quarters, one for the top and one for the bottom of two quilt sandwiches (not fancy fabrics, just for practice, and muslin is fine)

scrap paper and pencil or pen; scissors; marking tools (fabric marker or chalk)

optional: finished quilt top for design ideas

optional: a machine extension table

 

 

Creating a Whole Cloth Quilt

4 hours, $60.00 (individual in our home studio)

 

You will create a small whole cloth quilt – or you can begin free motion quilting on an already completed quilt top – your choice!

Creating your own whole cloth quilt top: start with a fat quarter size – choose some tone-on-tone fabric and a variety of threads for the top. We will look at various methods for getting the quilt top ready for quilting. Bring a good bobbin thread – I prefer The Bottom Line from Superior Threads.

Quilting an existing top: bring something like a wall hanging you have completed, along with batting and backing fabric. Choose threads and batting, as well as a good bobbin thread.

You supply:

sewing machine in working order, ability to lower feed dogs

free-motion (or darning) foot

#80 or 90 machine needles

a selection of threads – use “good threads,” not the $1.00 threads from some of the                         stores – the amount of work you are doing deserves good thread!

scissors, mat, rotary cutter, and ruler

scrap paper and pencil or pen

marking tools

optional: a machine extension table

 
 

 

 

 

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