Appliqué + Piecing = New Possibilities
In this workshop, students will draw a design, create a full-scale pattern on freezer paper, and assemble the forms by Appli-piecing, which is part appliqué and part piecing. This technique was originally developed by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. I will guide students in composing a simple or complex design, and encourage that the process is undertaken with openness and ease. Students will play with shape, scale and movement. We will also discuss creating a value study, and then choosing your palette. Students will be provided with small compositions to assemble and become comfortable with the technique before they start designing. In addition, I will present a slideshow that illustrates each step in the process.
100% cotton fabric, preferably solids LIGHT/MED/DARK VALUES FOR EACH COLOR (details below) Textured prints are welcome in this workshop.
At least one yard each of neutral colors. (see below)
Sewing machine (Your sewing machine must play well with very fine thread.)
Needles (Microtex Sharps #60/8 or #70/10) This is very important because you will be sewing with very fine thread.
Freezer paper (You will want to have a large piece. More on this later…)
(2) Regular black Sharpies. It must be black and be a Sharpie, no other brand or color. Not thin or super thick, just the normal size. (You will understand why in class…)
Superior Threads Mono.Poly™ Thread (Only this brand, and the translucent version, not the black.)
Seam ripper and very sharp, very small scissors
2 Rotary cutters (with extra blades) You will want a 28mm, as well as the standard 45mm.
Cutting Mat (at least 24” for cutting width of fabric) If you have a small one, bring it as well.
Multi-plug extension cord with surge protection and a 3 prong adaptor if needed for classroom outlets
Iron and tabletop iron pad (Travel size irons are best.)
Good old fashioned spray starch. This is important. You do not want to use a soft starch that you would find in a quilt shop. I’m referring to the heavy duty stuff you would iron a shirt with if you want it to be crisp.
A small round paint brush
A very small plastic container with a lid.
Sketchbook (for note taking, drawing etc.)
Regular pencils w/eraser
White flannel for your design wall.
Blue painters tape.
Your cell phone (for taking photos as you progress)
Optional, but not necessary:
An iPad with an Apple Pencil if you have one, or always wanted to, with the App Procreate installed.
If you have a small projector, that can travel easily, bring it, and any necessary adapters for your iPad or computer.
You may visit this site as a reference for choosing your palette:
*Having at least 3 values of each color you bring will give you a better result. Regarding the neutral fabric, please make sure you bring very light values. Bring grays and taupes. Please make sure you bring a very light shade (close to white) as well as a light/medium.