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Thread Painting and Sewing Class News

 

 

Pottstown Sewing Store

A Huge Thank You to Pottstown Sewing

for generously donating 3 sewing machines in top shape to the Gallery School sewing room!!! 

To think I felt nervous to ask…  Ron and Barbara had 2 machines on the sales floor in mind for us.  As we were gathering up the accessories Ron brought a 3rd machine fresh from the work bench.  “We love to give back to the community” they are known to say often.  And they do.  They were awarded the Baby Lock President’s Award in 2009/2010 for community service. 

Pottstown Sewing is a destination for quality sewing machines, sergers, computerized embroidery machines and software, quilting frames new and used.  Also high quality notions, quilting supplies and tools, specialty threads, and a lot more.  They even service machines, which is a must!

Thread Painting?

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I’ve been fooling around with “thread painting” for quite some time.  Thread Painting is simply embroidering using the sewing machine.  It’s called thread painting because you fill in color with thread like you would with paint or a crayon.  It’s completely controlled by the machine operator.  A lot of machine embroidery today is computer generated.  This is not.

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How it’s done

Like free-style or free-motion sewing or quilting, the feed dogs are lowered on the machine.  The stitch length is set to zero.  A special foot, usually called a darning foot, is attached.  It moves up and down with the needle allowing the operator to move the fabric in any direction.  Imagine if you had a pencil being supported standing straight up while you move the paper under it to draw an image.  And finally, setting the stitch width to zig zag helps fill in the spaces much better.  Just remember to check that the needle will clear the darning foot before you put the pedal to the metal!

About Stabilizer:

 Thread Painting requires stabilizer and sometimes a hoop.  If you skip these very important tools, your project will pucker up to half it’s size, will be lumpy and wrinkly and a waste of thread.

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This stabilizer is water soluble Sulky Super Solvy.  You can even draw guides on it with a Sharpie marker. It’s useful because when the embroidery is finished, I soak it in water until it dissolves away.

For Jewelry like the flower collar, I used tulle and a double layer of  water soluble Super Solvy and a hoop.  It still needed even more stabilizing.  The water soluble is fabulous when you don’t want any material other than the tulle and thread to remain.  This stabilizer is made of some kind of starch material.   I just soak the embroidery in water until it dissolves away.   Amazing stuff!accessories 201108

For projects that wont show the stabilizer, I like to use a heavier, iron on stabilizer that is more like paper.  With this type of stabilizer, I don’t need a hoop and I can draw my design on it, if I want a guide.  To make the edges clean and neat, I use and overcast foot and satin stitch the edges.  This requires planning because if the piece is too small or curvy, it will be a mess!

Check out the Sulky website for lots of information and tips for using stabilizers.

It takes a lot of practice to get used to free-style sewing.  You must remember to breath, relax your shoulders, and take frequent breaks to release tension in the body.  It can be exhausting when just learning this technique.

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Keep a look out for new listings at my Etsy Shop.

*Sketchbook Portfolios (photo above)

*SkyGirl Dolls

*Embroidered Jewelry  and….

***I’m working on something special just for the Guys on your shopping list!***

 

 

Sewing Class News

at The Gallery School of Pottstown

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Tessa’s “Rapunzel Costume” dress. 

She just texted me with the photos this morning.  She completed the finishing touches after our last Halloween Costume Class session ended.

My younger Princesses made matching costumes.

IMAG0526All three girls made princess dresses.  They drew up the design, we made basic patterns, rolled up our sleeves and got to work.  In four 2 hour sessions they learned to set a zipper, make puff sleeves, facing, made a sweetheart neckline, hems, a belt that fakes a fitted bodice, capes and a treat bag!  All of the materials used were donated fabrics.  The white satin was actually a roll used for a bride to walk down the aisle on!

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Kids Sewing II is coming in the new year.

When scheduling is finished, I’ll post dates.

Projects:

  • A Pin Cushion:  Because it’s high time these kids get the pins and needles under control!  The kit will include pins and needles for use at home.
  • Fleece Hat and Scarf with felt and embroidery floss embellishments.
  • A Big Sleep Over Bag:  Because kids need a lot of stuff at a sleep over!  A pieced bag in a stripe design big enough to carry a sleeping bag, pillow and whatever they can stuff into it.  It will have a long strap for slinging over the back and shoulder.
  • Friendship Bracelets:  a simpler form of embroidered jewelry using a snap closure.

4 Weeks, 2 hour sessions.  And now we have 5 machines in good working order with decorative stitches!!!

Thank You Pottstown Sewing!

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Another Leap

bzuazua-Leap-3This is a fiber adventure I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while:  Sculpting a human form in the midst of joy and freedom!  In this case, I’m following the Leap! idea again. 

I first read about making fabric out of discarded threads and miscellaneous fibers in Quilting Arts Magazine a few years ago.  That method used starch to keep the form.  After trying it out I moved onto glue because it keeps it shape permanently. 

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The bowl above is one of the first fiber bowls I made back in 2008.  It’s loaded with beading and wire supports. The woman who purchased this bowl is a bit of an eccentric artist and uses it as a hat for formal functions.  Yes, I’m serious!  Love it!

A post card from The Wayne Art Center announcing a call for entries for Craft Forms 2011 came in the mail  a week ago and the idea was revived.  This idea is perfect for that juried show and my thread clippings bucket was full!

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For this application, I didn’t want to make a fabric.  I wanted the whole form to be only fibers.  So I approached the project like paper mache, except with thread.  What a mess!

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It took a while to get the hang of wrapping and gluing, keeping the threads on the form and off of my fingers.

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Securing the threads further. 

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All done for now.  It has to dry and then I can remove the fiber form from the wood model.  Think of it like surgery!

As I was working, gravity gave me an idea.  I like the way the threads look hanging from the form during the wrapping.  I intend to mount the form in a falling position, like a sky diver before he pulls the parachute cord.  I will try mounting the form upside down and attaching more threads so that when it’s in it’s proper orientation, it will give the illusion of wind blowing the threads up as bzuazua-Leap-8the form is falling.

I’m so excited to see how this goes!

Let me know what you think!

XO!

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By the way,  I have one fiber bowl decorated for Easter at my shop!Fiber Bowl for Easter

A Sense of Adventure countdown

The deadline for A Sense of Adventure show with SAQA has been extended!  I gave up on my entry when the Feb 28 deadline was crushing me along with learning Word Press and working with my business coach Cyn Long of Cyn Works.  More on that another time…

So I have this piece that I began near the beginning of my Scar Tissue series.  I am having some problems.

  • for one thing, I made my border too narrow to allow for a sleeve and the required sleeve width is the usual 4”.
  • besides that, I think I want the border to be wavy on the outside like on the inside.
  • most important:  the quilt isn’t large enough for the minimum dimensions.  required: min: 36”  max:  42”   Actual size:  19 1/2” x 31”
  • the silver pieces you see are aluminum I cut and sewed to the quilt.  This makes it difficult to maneuver while sewing.  What was I thinking?!  (impatience!)

Here is what I started with

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Here are some ideas I worked on PSE

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Idea 1 is to extend the wood grain style quilting into the new border addition and borrow the quilting style I used in Flow in the Scar Tissue series.

Idea 2 is to make window panes with additional lacy fabric inside.

So far, I sewed more border fabric to the narrow ends.

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You can see that I sewed the front and back, right sides together on the edge of the quilt so that there are no raw edges.  The third pic is testing possible ways to make the additional border space look intentional rather than just trying to make it bigger.  In the third pic I am considering sewing the lacy fabric on top of the fabric instead of the cut out because of the sleeve issue.

Did I say that the problem solving is one of my favorite parts???  Surprised smile  Yup.  I still do.  I guess the time has come to do something else while the ideas marinate for a while.

So, I have this all pinned up on my design wall and as I stare at it, it occurred to me that this could be a good blog entry!  As you might be able to tell, dear reader, I am new at this…  Open-mouthed smile   (and it’s one of my assignments!)

What would you do?

I’m also trying to find the words for something like rising in the mist…   or spirit rising…   for a title…   What to you think about Exhale  or Sigh of Relief ?