Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jumpstart in Hand Stitching Workshop


Heidi Z: Textures and Layers on hand painted fabric.

It's been a little over a month since I last blogged. January slipped by! Two trips away and I am still regrouping!

Here is student work from the weekend workshop, Jumpstart in Hand Stitching, that I held in early January at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA. In this fast track version of my Hand Stitching class, students get to play with line, pattern, texture and layers. The color palette is limited to keep students focused on the stitches themselves and their mark-making potential.

On day #1, we spent a couple of hours painting and printing our own fabric backgrounds...including cotton, linen, silk and cheesecloth. Later on that first day, students stitched samplers to try out some stitches.


On day #2, students were able to use their painted and printed fabrics. The focus on the second day was  texture and layering. We covered applique and reverse applique techniques along with weaving fabric strips. Students really took off with the layers and textures!

Ellen T.
Heidi M.
Heidi M.: A challenge using a commercial cotton fabric as a jumping off point for her stitching.
Heidi M.
Holly W.
Megan P.
Megan P.
Nancy M.
Nancy M.

I'll be teaching a three evening version of Jumpstart in Hand Stitching at the Art League School, starting the first Wednesday evening in April. If you'd like more information, please feel free to leave a comment.

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