Amanda McCavour virtual workshop November 11, 18, 25, 2020
*This workshop is now full, please fill in the Registration to add your name to the wait list.
Three Day Challenge!: Experimenting with Stitch and Water Soluble Stabilizer
COST: The fee for this workshop is $100 The maximum number of students is 12. *Open to TFAM Members only.
Workshop Description: Use your sewing to create lines and dynamic textures, focusing on constructing stitched and mixed media surfaces! In this workshop, we will use machine embroidery and one type of water soluble stabilizer in a variety of ways to create lace-like structures where stitch holds the piece together. Along with threads, experiment with combining an assortment of materials like plastics, papers, and yarns to create a variety of samples exploring different texture and colour combinations. In this three day online workshop, you'll learn the basics of how to work with one type of water soluble fabric (Sulky Solvy) and some special ways to use materials from your stash. We'll look to scraps of fabric, yarn, wool, threads, ribbons, even paper and collage these elements together with stitch. Challenge yourself to use what's around you. In this three day workshop, you will be given a series of four challenges that will teach you a variety of ways to work with water soluble fabric and stitching in an experimental way.
Schedule for the workshop: 10 am Wednesday Nov 11-18-25, 2020 We'll meet in the morning online for 2-3 hours where you will be introduced to techniques, be shown samples and be given your challenge (or two!) for the day. You'll then get a few hours to work on your project and in the afternoon we'll meet for tea to discuss questions or any issues that have come up. On days 2 and 3 we will share our progress and creations in our morning meeting.
Day 1: Line & Colour - Introduction to Sulky Solvy - Demo: Building up layers in a variety of ways - Demo: Stitch Patterns at the sewing machine - Challenge 1: Colour Challenge: Mixed Media Samples
Day 2: Layers and Alternative Materials - Show and tell. Share your samples to look over what we did yesterday. What things worked? What didn’t? - Demo: Deconstructing surfaces to create complex structures - Challenge 2: Deconstructed Sample - Challenge 3: Window Sample
Day 3: Positive and Negative Space - Show and tell. Share your samples to look over what we did yesterday. What things worked? What didn’t? - Demo: Mark making with your Sewing Machine - Challenge 4: Positive and Negative Space pair
Sulky Solvy: Sulky Solvy is the material we will be working with. I recomend purchasing 3 yards of this material. It is important that you purchase this type of solvy for some of it’s unique properties we will be exploring in the workshop. https://www.sulky.com/item/sulky-solvy-stabilizer-clear-12-x-9-yd-roll *You can also find this material at other stores like Jo-Ann fabrics
Student Equipment List: A Sewing Machine: Including 5 bobbins and extra needles. A regular presser foot. A free motion foot will be helpful for those who want to try this technique. Dry Iron, Ironing Surface and drop cloth (small piece 15” x 15” of cotton fabric will work!) Embroidery Hoop: This should be a smaller hoop that is around 5-8 inches across. Anything slightly bigger or smaller, will work as well. Scissors: Fabric scissors and/or Embroidery scissors and/or fun scissors Towel: Have an old towel on hand as a surface to dry the samples you will make. Bin or Bucket: To hold warm water as you dissolve your pieces Pins: These can be helpful for holding materials in place. Extra Needles for your sewing Machine: I use Schmetz Embroidery Needles but you can also use universal needles. Make sure you have a few extras on hand. Bobbins: Having extra bobbins is handy. Needle Threader : Always handy! Threads: Have some cotton, polyester or machine stitching threads. This process is very flexible so use what you have if you can! Scrap fabrics : Grab some materials that you love from your stash. I know I have bins of beautiful fabric I’m just saving- and you might too! Bring some of your beauties to integrate into your project. Small pieces of fabric are excellent for this process- the smaller the better actually! Scrap yarns : Do you have scraps from previous projects that you are saving? This technique is an excellent way to recycle some of these materials. Pens: Felt tip pens are great to use for drawing on Solvy. You can also use markers. Scrap Paper: For taking notes/drawing!
Registering: Please complete the Entry Form to register for this class. Once you have registered, you will receive an Invoice for the $100.
The Zoom meetup link will be emailed to you before the workshop.