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Thread Painting - The Grape Harvest
Tutor: Sue Swann
Mondays 31st May, 14th June, 28th June
Wednesdays 2nd, 9th & 30th June
6 - 8 pm
This postcard sized image of a grape harvester has been worked in silk threads which result in a piece with a lovely sheen. In this class you will learn how to paint the design onto cloth and then how to use colour shading to enhance the picture.
Reticella is a needle lace dating from the 15th century. It is a form of drawn thread embroidery where some fabric threads are removed, in the horizontal and vertical direction. The boundaries of the cut areas are then stabilised with: satin stitch and 4 sided stitch. The cut area is then filled with a variety of stitches.
This piece has been designed as a sampler so you will get the opportunity to learn needle weaving, detached buttonhole stitch and picots. The book cover is completed in surface embroidery that continues the cornflower theme of the lace.
Stitching level: this is a counted thread technique so some experience in counted thread work desirable.
This stitch is named after the Italian, Catherine De Medici in the 16th century who made it famous when she was the Queen of France.
The stitch is an easy to do counted thread stitch on a loose weave linen. Traditionally done on a dark ecru linen with a light natural coloured soft cotton thread. This piece has been done on a light piece of linen with a darker contrasting coloured thread and finished in the corners with some typical Italian knot tassels.
Made famous by the embroiderers of Lucknow, India, this style of embroidery is thought to have originated in Persia. Traditionally done in tone-on- tone thread on lightweight cottons, this embroidery features floral motifs found on a lot of the textiles from India. Working on the lightweight cotton enhances the shadow effect of the work.
Typically used on clothing, this piece is designed as a sampler to introduce the stitcher to the stitches used in this style of stitching and gain the inspiration to design pieces for their own use.
Kantha is a quilting technique originating in India as a way to create decorative coverings from recycled fabrics.
This cushion is a bit of New Zealand meets India – a New Zealand theme to an Indian technique. The background fabric (supplied) is recycled fabric, sun printed using the leaves of the kowhai or pohutukawa.
Course fee includes dyed background fabric and threads
Experiment with monoprinting on fabric to create one-off pieces of fabric or paper for quilting, embroidery or bookmaking. Learn how to use a jelly plate or plastic sheet as a print surface and how to layer colours and stencils to make an interesting composition.
students will learn how to use heat-set inks on fabric
students will learn how to monoprint and how to layer prints to make useable fabric or paper for quilting or craft projects.
The class sample image is indicative of the possibilities for fabrics made in this class but the students work may not look the same.
Learn how to make at least 5 small books using pamphlet stitching and a range of Japanese bookbinding techniques. These books will be suitable for use as note books, sketch books ,or diaries. At the end of the class you should have a lovely pile of little books to take home.
In this machine quilting class, students will learn how to sandwich and pin a quilt top and how to drop the feed dogs and do freehand machine quilting. A series of small samples will be made in class before starting a 70cm square sampler. This can be ‘coloured in’ using fabric felt pens (supplied).
Boro means rags in Japanese. Small pieces of fabric were layered to make garments or bedding and were heavily stitched to hold them all together and add to the thickness. Gradually the randomness of stitched boro led to the more organised designs of sashiko and Kogin. In this class you will layer up scraps of fabric and then cut them back to show some of the lower layers. Then a simple running stitch in a contrasting thread holds it all together. The final piece could be made into a wall hanging, used as a panel in a bag or used to patch a garment.
Using the appliqué technique make these tiles of NZ flora that once finished and attached to the canvas’ can be hung 4 different ways. Alternatively the design can be made as one piece for a cushion cover.