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Fabric Collage: Koos van den Akker Style!


Price includes 6 hours of class.

A Virtual Class With Judy Gelzinis Donovan

February 5, 2:00-4:00pm CST
February 6, 2:00-4:00pm CST
February 13, 2:00-4:00pm CST

Learn to change the surface of fabric in a quilt or garment by using slashing, layering, folding, ‘drawing’ with bias tape appliqué, and ‘lace’ made of fabric strips, strings, and yarn.

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Dutch fashion designer Koos van den Akker’s (1939-2015) unique approach to fabric surface design, used applique, bias tape, layering, slashing, “fabric lace”, and origami techniques for interesting garments. This workshop will give students an opportunity to explore these techniques and create a small wall-hanging sized sample or a cloth collage that can be expanded to make garment or quilt.

Each session will focus on two or more techniques that can be applied to garments, quilts, wall art, or…! You’ll go away with lots of new skills and even more ideas!

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Basic sewing machine required, one that sews forward, backward, and zigzags (no need for fancy stitches). Students should have some experience with using a sewing machine.

Supply List
• One yard of fabric to serve as the base of the collage.
• At least 2 half-yard pieces of other fabrics that coordinate with the base
• Several yards of bias tape for applique
• Fusible seam tape, such as Steam a Seam or Clover fusible ¼” bias tape
• A few small pieces of accent fabrics, fat quarters are fine, for appliques
• Invisible thread and some novelty yarn (for applique)
• Water-soluble medium (such as Pellon Stick-N-Washaway or Sulky Solvy), a small amount for sample
• Fabric strips (small scraps can work)
• Strings
• Bits of lace
• Thread and yarn to make fabric “lace”
Sewing/Patchwork/Quilting Basics: Needles, thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins, Rotary cutter, Mat, and ruler
Optional but fun:
• Flexible curve tool and bias tape maker; demo’s for each of these will be given in class

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique

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Customer Reviews

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Pauline H.
Learned a lot

Great class learned a lot and most of all had so much fun