List of Materials
|Course||Kit Fee||List of materials|
|Aran Isle Knitting||$10||Please bring size 3 ½ mm needles for back and forth knitting and a cable needle to match, preferably the type with a bend.
|Beginning Spindle Spinning||$10 kit fee. Spindles available for sale for $15|| No equipment needed. If student has a spindle or fibre tools, they are welcome to bring them. Also helpful: 2 straight metal knitting needles and a shoe box.
|Boro and Visible Mending||Scissors, your favourite thimble if you have one, any other hand-sewing equipment you like to have available, ruler, simple graph paper and writing utensils. Reading glasses and an embroidery hoop might be useful if you want to try very fine pattern darning.|
|Create a Change Purse||$10||Nothing else is needed for this class|
|Dyeing with Cochineal||$75||Apron, rubber gloves, mask, scissors, dental floss, needles, clothes dryer rack,
Old stainless spoons.
|Embellishing Quilts with Beads and Found Objects||$5||Small Quilt Sampler (quiltlette)
We will be embellishing a small quilt. Please follow these instructions to make your small quilt (quiltlette) at home before you come.
1. One 4” square of cotton fabric that you would like to embellish. (Bali batiks are particularly effective)
2. A square of quilt batting the same size as your printed square. Batting should be firm and not puffy. I like cotton batting the best.
3. A 4” square of backing fabric.
4. A strip of fabric 2 1/2 inches wide and 22 inches long, Fold strip in half, sew raw edges of strip to edge of quiltlette, turn to back and hand stitch down.
To make your “quiltlette” layer the pieces listed above like a sandwich:
Pin the sandwich together, sew the binding around the edge then turn to the back and stitch down by hand.
We will be embellishing this “quiltlette” with beads and other found objects in the workshop.
1. I will provide a kit of beads, needles and thread that you will need for this class for $4.00 each.
2. Bring whatever beads you have which you would like to stitch to your quiltlette. Also being whatever found objects such as shells, stones, costume jewelry pieces, metal charms, small slices of agates from rock shops and anything else that strikes your imagination, to use on your embellished pieces.
3. Hand sewing supplies such as needles, pins, and scissors.
5. Beeswax: to strengthen your thread and keep it from tangling.
6. Thread Heaven: a silicone thread conditioner to make the thread smooth and slippery and prevent bearding. (Bearding is the pulling up of the batting with the thread so that little tufts of batting appear on the surface as you sew.
7. A small table lamp may be needed for each workspace so that you have good lighting.
|Forest Deep||None||1. 1 piece of light blue fine tulle, wedding veil weight. 24x24”
2. 1 piece Heavy Duty Tearaway stabilizer for path and large tree trunks to do free motion, 10 by14
3. 1 piece of batting, Hobbs or Warm and Natural 80/20, 24x24 in
4. Backing of choice, 24x24 in
5. 1 piece sky fabric, hand dye or batik in light blue, 8 by 16in wide
6. 1 piece of ground foreground in variegated greens to emulate forest floor 10 by 16in
7. 1 piece of med/dark green for the border, width of fabric by 10 in. Or 4-3in by 22in from a fat ¼
8. 1 piece of variegated greens for the foreground tree branches, be aware of scale as these trees are larger than the floor variegation and the background trees, so the colour should either stand out more in colour or intensity or scale, one fat 1/4
9. 1 piece plain med green batik or hand dye, plain, for background, mid/ground trees, 10 by 10in
10. 1 piece very light green organza for background tree branches, 6 by 6 in
11. 1 piece med or light med green organza for the background tree branches, 2-6x 6in or 1-6x12in
12. 1 piece 4inx14in, light or med/light grey for background tree trunks,4inx14in
13. 1 piece med/dark brown for foreground tree trunk 1 1/2inx16in
14. 1 piece dark brown for foreground tree trunk, 1 1/2x16in
15. Steam a seam Lite to go behind all tree branches and trunks, except organza and path, 3 sheets
16. Brown pebbly or variegated to look like dirt for path 6 by 12in long
17. Additional scraps of green for vegetation along path or under trees
18. Assorted threads in cotton or cotton/poly or poly to match all the fabrics to stitch them on
19. Normal supplies required for quilting, cutting board, rotary cutter, sharp paper and cloth scissors with pointed ends, pins etc.
20. Machine in good working order capable of free motion quilting with foot, regular sewing foot, and accompanying machine parts you may need
21. Machine manual
22. 90/14 machine needle in topstitch or universal, a non stick needle is great for sewing with steam a seam, available at our local quilt shops
scraps and small amounts of many fabrics in your favourite colours, plus some not-so-favourite- these can be prints, solids -any style you like
white or neutral (light or dark) fabrics for background (aka negative space)- about 1m or so
fabric for border if desired- could be one of your scraps
threads for piecing
sewing machine in good working condition with the manual and presser foot- ¼” or regular foot
pins, scissors, regular sewing supplies
cutter, mat and small and large ruler
small notebook and pen
your sense of fun!
We will discuss various layouts, backgrounds/negative space, and possible ideas for quilting.
questions? email me
|Introduction to Weaving - Weave Your First Scarf||$40||None needed - everything included in kit.|
|Introduction to Zentangle®||$12||No additional materials required.|
|Make a Hand Puppet in a Day||$45||Materials for students to bring:
Bring a pencil and paper, your favourite fabrics, scissors, ruler, tape
measure, pins, and photographs.
|Modern Mola or Reverse Applique||N/A||Fabrics and other stuff:
several sheets of plan paper
pencil and white vinyl eraser (not a pink one)
permanent marker (like sharpie)
Fabrics- we will be working fairly small, but please bring a good supply of ¼ to ½ meter pieces to choose from. The more fabrics you bring, the more choices you have. Ideas: bring interesting pieces that you like, colourful, those with mottled light to dark areas, bold prints? Stripes?
Cotton sewing thread- when in doubt about the colour, bring medium gray
Decorative threads- any or all weights- metallic, thick and/or thin. Some will be used for stitching through the needle and some can be used for couching.
Sewing machine in good working order (must have at least zigzag capability) and the manual for the machine
machine needles to suit your threads
extension cord, power bar
regular presser foot, open toe applique foot, couching foot if you have it, or walking foot and free motion quilting foot
applique/embroidery scissors (duckbill scissors are great if you have these) or good blunt end scissors
rotary cutter, mat and long ruler and large square ruler
pins, pincushion, seam ripper etc
green painters masking tape
basting pins or fusible batting
batting and backing for a maximum finished piece of about 18” x 20”
|Sculptural Basketry||$25||Students should bring:
a tub or pail for soaking
an old towel
sharp, hand secateurs
small needle-nose pliers
|Spindle Spinning for Wheel Spinners||$10 kit fee for materials; Possible purchase of Spindle for $15 (not required)||None Required. If student has a spindle or fibre tools, they are welcome to bring them. Also helpful: 2 straight metal knitting needles and a shoe box.
|The Toothbrush Rug||$5||Toothbrush – I will provide these.
The best fabric for this is woven cotton, in a light to medium weight. Batiks are good if you’d like a smooth, non-frayed look. My advice on colour is to choose a selection of fabrics that you like. You can then decide to work them in a pattern or randomly. When making your strips, cut the fabric with scissors or a rotary cutter. Tearing the fabric makes it much harder to work with.
Approximately 1 metre of assorted fabrics, cut into 1” strips x the width of the fabric, usually 44”. You may use strips shorter than 44” but will be constantly stopping to make joins.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
|Winter Homecoming||None||1. A sewing machine in good working order that is capable of free motion quilting. Please read your manual and try out the actual set up on your machine, practice on a small quilt sandwich using a 8in. Square of cotton for the top, an 8 inch square of 80/20 batting and another 8inch square of cotton backing. Be sure before class, please!
2. Free motion foot that fits your machine
3. A regular sewing foot
4. Your machine manual
5. 90/14 topstitch or universal needle for your machine
6. A pair of sharp ended paper scissors and a pair of sharp ended sewing scissors
7. Steam a seam lite 2 sheets 8 1/2in by 11in. Or an equivalent length
8. 1 small piece of chrome coloured shiny foil, 3 by 5in
9. 1 piece of parchment paper for pressing 12 by 14in
10. 1 piece of Heavy Duty Tearaway Stabilizer 13 by 15in, you may choose to stitch with a hoop instead
11. 1 piece each of backing fabric, colour of your choice, and 80/20hobbs or warm and natural batting, 16in by 16in
12. 1 piece of sparkly white fine tulle like wedding veil tulle, but with silver sparkles 13x15
13. 1 piece blue sky fabric, 7in long by 15in wide, I like hand dyes for this or equivalent
14. 1 piece of plain white fabric for the snow ground,13 by15in
15. Brown fabric suitable for the tree, 8 1/2in wide by 15in long
16. 1 piece brown for the house 2 1/2in by 2 ½ in scrap
17. 1 piece of scrap cotton fabric for the car, colour of choice, I used blue, 4in by 4in.
18. 1 piece of scrap of black for tires and people silhouettes, 3in by 3in.
19. I piece of red scrap for taillights, 2in by 2in.
20. Small scrap of med/light blue batik for snow accents, optional, I used acrylic paints in this colour instead along with a med sandy colour to tone down the brightness of the snow
21. Pre-wound bobbins in white, variegated brown, variegated green, black, and grey
22. 50 weight cotton thread or cotton/poly in white for snow, variegated green for trees, variegated browns for the dirt, brown to match tree fabric, black for birds, red, clear or silver, and colour to match your car colour, 1 pale gold, 1 med gold and 1 dark gold for grasses, blue for sky. Invisible thread in white and dark
23. Friction pen, any colour
|Wool Pincushions||$10||No additional materials required.|
|Zentangle®-Inspired Quilts||• Free Motion foot or Darning foot for sewing machine
• Extension table (preferred, but you can manage a small piece without the extension)
• Erasable Fabric Marking pen* (air-erase, heat-erase or wash-out...your preference – these may be borrowed from instructor in class or purchased on site)
• 2 Quilt sandwiches approx 12” x 12” :
1. Top fabric is light coloured quilting cotton
2. Medium weight fusible interfacing
3. Batting (cotton, cotton blend or thin poly – not puffy poly)
4. Backing fabric is muslin or quilting cotton (any colour or pattern)
• For the Tangles: Black or Navy thread (or any other colour that is really important to you). Heavier threads give better results visually. A 30-weight works well. My personal favourite so far is Coats Dual Duty XP Heavy (available at Fabricland for $2.80) – my sample heart quilt is done with this – it really ‘pops’ the patterns, and is very forgiving.
• For the background: Your regular quilting thread (usually 50w) to match the quilt top.
• Bobbins wound in advance to match both heavy and background threads (bobbin for heavy thread is regular 50 wt.)
• Machine Needles appropriate to size of thread. Heavier threads need 90/14 or 100/16 Topstitch (preferred), Quilting or Jeans
• Quilting gloves (if you use them)
Prep Before Class:
#1. Create your Quilt sandwiches:
1. Fuse the interfacing to the back/wrong side of your TOP fabric
2. Sandwich preferably using a spray fabric glue product (e.g 505 Spray). We will be working small and pins are awkward to work around. If you are committed to pinning, fine, but I really like the freedom of movement afforded by the spray glue. I will bring some 505 you may use if you are willing to a) come early and b) go outside to do your spraying)
We will complete the quilting of one sample in class, and may do some practicing on the second. Use a 1-3” strip along one edge of one of your quilt sandwiches to complete task #2 below (so you are trying it out on the exact same materials you will be using in class.)
#2. Try out your thread, needle and tension combination:
I have recommended using a heavy thread such as Coats Dual Duty (which I think is intended as upholstery thread). I usually use a 50 weight thread in the bobbin. It is really important that you come prepared to sew, and not get all hung up with tension issues in class ... we will all have a lot more fun if you do all the thread auditioning and tension adjustments at home before class. Try a few curvy lines, some stops and starts at corners and some tight S-curves to ensure the thread does not pull on the curves.
In my experience some people’s machines just cannot adapt to the extreme heavy weight threads while doing free motion quilting. If this sounds like your machine, don’t give up – just choose a slightly less heavy thread and try again until you find a combination of top and bobbin threads and tension setting that work for you. And/or try a different needle.
Some people have come to class with regular 50 weight thread because that is what works for them. One of my samples is completely done in 50 weight Gutermann cotton thread... the design just isn’t as bold. Just please be confident before coming to class that you have a combination that works, so that your class time is not taken up struggling with your machine.
Remember: The class is about becoming comfortable with the patterns and process so you can do innovative things in the future, not on creating a masterpiece the first time out.
Basic machine-quilting workshop supplies:
• Sewing machine with bobbins, electric cords, foot pedal and manual
• Extension cord – duct tape/wide masking tape to tape down cord
• Power bar
• Spare machine needles
• Seam ripper and thread snips
• Any other basic sewing supplies you may need
And don’t forget personal comfort items (chair or pillow for your chair, eye glasses, etc.) and water, lunch and/or snacks.