NOTE: Materials fees are required for some workshops. These fees are paid directly to faculty and are not part of your registration fee. Materials Fee: 0 Fee Details: 0
Required Supplies: Embroidery hoop (suggested size 8"-12") for main project Embroidery hoop (suggested size 6") for practice stitches
Fat quarter size fabric for background (to fit in project hoop) Variety of fabrics with larger elements to be used for collage Solid fabric (to fit in practice hoop) 1/2 yard Heat n Bond Lite (in the dark purple package) (or other similar fusible, paper backed-material)
Notions: Embroidery Scissors Water soluble pen/pencil
Needles: Be sure to include a Tapestry needle, Milliners needle and embroidery needles (a variety pack works well and sizes 3-9 generally are best for adding beads and using thicker threads)
Threads: Bring your favorites! Nichole's recommended threads are: Sue Spargo/Wonderfil Specialty Threads Eleganza Perle Cotton in sizes 3, 5, 8 DMC Tapestry wool DMC Coton Retors Mat Anchor floss spools
Embellishments: Beads: Czech seed beads in sizes 6 & 8 work best with embroidery Sequins: (optional) any shape or size Buttons: (also optional) Any other supplies you may want to use in collage: small pieces of wool felt, tulle, ribbon, etc. (all are optional and will vary from student to student!)
Optional Supplies: Fiskars Micro-Tip Spring Action Scissors (optional but will help with fussy cutting collage pieces)
A dollmaker's needle (optional for one of the dimensional stitches)
Prep Requirements: In order to spend the most amount of our time learning dimensional embroidery techniques, it will help to prepare your pieces for collage ahead of time.
To do this, first decide on a background fabric for your hoop (it can be patterned or solid) and place it in your larger project hoop. Cut the fabric, leaving 2-3 inches of fabric around the outside of the hoop.
Next, decide on what motifs you want to use for applique. Cut them from the fabric.
Using the directions on the Heat n Bond Lite, iron these fabric pieces to the Heat n Bond. Once they have cooled, fussy cut the pieces.
Bring your background fabric, hoop and fussy cut pieces to class (along with the rest of the supplies on the list) and we will finish the collage and begin to add dimension to your project!
In this workshop, students will create a fabric collage within an embroidery hoop and learn techniques for adding dimension to their projects. Students will bring a selection of fabrics to the workshop and will begin their collages using raw edge appliqué. From there, they will add even more detail and dimension, exploring raised embroidery techniques. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite threads, beads, buttons, and sequins to embellish. Students will leave with a hooped-up work of art to continue stitching on at their leisure.