November 13-15, 2019
Level: Open to all levels. However, participants should be very comfortable using their sewing machines.
Zig Zag Sewing Machine Used: Yes
Description: Take your hand-dyed, printed, painted, and commercial fabrics and explore how to use them to create textures and relief on the surface of the cloth. The class will begin with experimenting with various fabric manipulation techniques. Fabrics will be twisted, gathered, pleated, layered, cut into, and woven. How to incorporate the results into successful compositions will be discussed and explored with. The second part of the class will be devoted to exploring surface embellishment with embroidery, working with fusible webbing, working with transparent fabrics, machine stitching, appliqué, and beading. We will discover how fabric manipulation and embellishment can be combined to create a surface that is rich and begs to be touched. Demonstrations, presentations, discussion and lots of samples will be a part of this class. Participants will create a binder of studies for future reference and at least one completed work. Basic sewing skills are a requirement. The result of the class will be a greater understanding of how fabrics can be manipulated to further enhance the tactile nature of cloth and add to its already irresistible feel.
Option: Students can begin the class with a dye method I call the “Z” method of dying. It has to do with the placement of the cups not my name. Using a low emersion process, students will dye 4 to 5 yards of 100% natural cotton and create a palette of colors and values which can work together and be used to create the studies and work created in the class. Three methods are presented: Dark to light progression, cross color progression and using a toner color to bring a unity to a range of color chosen to work with. Students are still encouraged to bring other fabrics from home.
Supplies Participants Should Bring:
Fabrics (natural and man-made) – As many different types as possible: Cottons, silks, linen, rayon and some polyester. Please include at least two transparent/see thru fabrics. Small amounts (1/2 yard pieces and some fat quarters) will be fine. They can be hand-dyed or commercial. This is a dry class and no dying or printing will be done.
Scissors – one for fabrics and one for paper
Portable sewing machine with zigzag stitch (Check to see if you can drop the feed dogs on your machine. If you cannot we can cover them).
Rotary cutter and self-healing board
Various colors of sewing thread to match and contrast your fabrics
A variety of yarns, embroidery floss and decorative threads for embellishment.
Two yards of some type of fusible webbing )Wonder Under is best)
One yard of lightweight fusible interfacing
Sewing needles (Sharps, embroidery and beading)
Thimble (if you use one)
A variety of beads (seeds in size 11, bugle beads and any other decorative beads)
2” three-ring binder
Plastic cover sheets (about one dozen)
One package of solvey
One yard of bridal tulle in a dark color
Supplies I Will Have On Hand: I tend to bring my whole studio with me and will have extra for sale of everything on the supply list in case you can not find them. I have extra beads, threads, and yarns and am always willing to share. A bolt of interfacing and fusible webbing will be available for sale by the yard if needed.
Class Fee: None, but I will have supplies available for purchase if needed.
Name, Address and Phone Numbers:
Christine L. Zoller
2208 Rolling Meadows Drive
Greenville, NC 27858 252/551-5516 – Home 252/412-1043 - Cell