Students will learn easy methods for weaving strips of fabric together to create an interesting background for their work. The Woven Treasure will be embellished using lace, appliqué and hand quilting to make a really soft, textured artwork roughly 14 inches by 16 inches.
Fabric: Try to use only natural fibres for your woven treasures. Sue used linen, silk, cotton and cotton lawn. The more loosely woven the fabric is, the easier it is to stitch through the layers. Thick fabrics should be avoided. To age your fabrics a little, you can tea dye them. (Soak them in some tea). o You will need about 20 different strips to have a variety to choose from. Vary fabrics (linen, silk, cotton) and widths of strips. Any width of strip will be fine up to about 4 inches. The length of the strips doesn’t really matter – if they are too short, you can join them. Torn strips are better than rotary cut strips, but both can be used. Pre-wash them to allow the edges to fluff a bit. o A few fabric scraps in colours that work well with the woven fabrics. Not smaller than 2 inches. They will be used for the appliqué motifs. o Loose-weave muslin (or other very thin, loosely woven cotton fabric – a needle and thread should glide easily through the fabric) - a fat quarter. o Cotton fabric to use as a background/backing – a fat quarter
Stranded embroidery threads – cream, ecru, and various stranded embroidery threads in colours that you like. (Sue will have some in the class that you can use if you don’t have the right colours)
Hand Embroidery needles – no. 7
Scissors for cutting thread and fabric
Thimble – if you use one
Bits of lace – a variety
NOTE: Pre-cutting must be done before class, as there will not be class time available for cutting.