English Paper Pieces – the Basics and Beyond
With Catherine Redford.
Oct 3, 2-4pm CDT
Oct 4, 2-4pm CDT
Oct 10, 2-4pm CDT
Learn traditional techniques, tips, and tricks for today and tomorrow as you explore slow stitching. Our extended class format lets Catherine take you from the ease of working with pre-cut templates through designing your own, free-form shapes and motifs.
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The oldest English paper-pieced quilt on record in the British Isles dates to 1718. Times have changed but hand work is ageless, and slow stitching is here to stay. Catherine has been an English paper piecer since her teens in the 1970s and has won national awards for her hand-stitched quilts. Join her to learn her tried and tested traditional techniques for beautiful accurate piecing. You’ll start with hexagons to work on the basics, then try diamonds, triangles, and partial shapes. Learn about fussy cutting, and finish class ready to work on your own design, as modern and up-to-date as you desire! The kit contains all the supplies you need to get started including acrylic templates for easy cutting, paper pieces for accuracy, extra-fine thread for lovely small stitches and your choice of a bright or a more subdued color palette to make you smile.
A kit is required for this class; the $35 kit fee will be added to your order. The kit will include three perspex templates, paper pieces for class blocks, Invisafil thread, needles, 3 strips of fabric 44″ x 2 1/2″ (bright or subdued), one fat eighth background fabric (neutral), schematics for piecing and design, and a basic handout.
NOTE: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States
__Thread for basting (any general, all purpose thread)
__Scissors for fabric
__Paper and pencil to take notes
__Iron and ironing surface
__Mat and ruler (can be small size)