Explorations in Folk Art Stitching
With Catherine Redford
January 9, 2-4pm CST
January 10, 2-4pm CST
January 17, 2-4pm CST
Explore traditional Folk Art hand stitching techniques as you make a beautiful art piece combining embroidery and bold quilting with some up-to-date finishing techniques.
Enjoy hand stitching in this extended class using a carefully curated kit with all the materials you need, including beautiful hand-dyed embroidery threads and recycled sari silk.
Begin with tips for choosing motifs suitable for embroidery and tracing one of the designs supplied in your kit onto a fabric square. Learn or be reminded of traditional embroidery stitches as we work on your design, beginning with chain stitch and including unique embellishment ideas. Folk Art doesn’t have to be perfect!
Time between sessions means you can relax with your stitching until class reconvenes to work on our backgrounds. Baste the supplied silk square with the batting and backing and try some bold hand-quilting inspired by traditional Indian Kantha stitching.
Simple steps will turn your embroidery into a stand-alone appliqué piece ready to add to your fabulous backdrop which can be finished by mounting your project on a stretched canvas or making it into a pillow.
There will be time to answer all your hand-stitching questions as everyone sews together. Leave the class ready to finish your piece and eager to start the next one.
Class cost includes a $52 kit fee which will include cotton square, designs for tracing, chalk tracing paper, hand-dyed embroidery threads, pieced sari silk square, batting square, backing square, 12 wt. thread, felt square, hand-sewing needles and a Stitch guide (full color 36 page spiral-bound booklet). The kit will be shipped Express Mail.
NOTE: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States.
__Marking pens:ultra fine Sharpie and fine silver Sharpie
__Blue painter’s tape or similar
__Basting thread (any machine-weight thread you have)
__Note paper and pen for taking notes
Optional: Clover Embroidery needle threader, thimble, reading glasses, bright light
Note: I will demonstrate making my embroidery into a stand-alone appliqué piece using a sewing machine and finishing my piece onto a stretched canvas. You will not be doing this during class.