I will be teaching this workshop at Quilting By the Lake 2 on October 28 and 29, 2011. I would be so pleased if you joined me there!
Experience the pleasure of constructing a paper quilt. You may find, as I did, that you will fall in love with the textures you can create, the ease with which you can create shapes and the myriad of ways you can decorate the paper surface.
We will explore techniques such as:
Φ Making and using a variety of art papers for the quilt top
Φ Shaping the quilt
Φ Painting with acrylic & gesso on your quilt top
Φ Using an array of mixed media techniques on the quilt
-Sewing machine, if possible. (I use a size 12 or 14 needle)
–Thimble, needles for hand sewing (I use quilting needles)
–A range of crochet hooks, from 1.00 mm (steel) to 3.00 mm (I use the 1.00 for crocheting sewing thread)
–Scissors that can be used to cut paper and fabric
–Ruler, exacto knife
–Brushes, sponges, rollers (anything you like to apply paint and other coloring agents with)
–Stencils, stamps (optional)
–A length of felt (minimum is 24″x 24″), or a little larger than you would like your quilt to be.
–A length of fabric (minimum is 24″ x 24″): thin cotton of any kind, no matter what the color or pattern. It will not show in the end.
–White & black polyester thread (optional: other colors)
–A few hanks of embroidery floss. Make one of them white.
–Images and words, preferably your own, photocopied or printed (with pigment based inks that do not smear) onto copy/computer paper. Bring both color and B&W printouts. (These can follow a specific theme if there is one you would like to explore and express.)
–A wad of blank computer/copy paper for backing, and for creating new design papers (Optional: papers you already have, as long as they are not much heavier than copy paper)
–Liquid matte medium, and soft gel medium (gloss)
–505 spray if you have it. If you don’t, I highly recommend this product.
–Acrylic paints in your favorite colors: these do not have to be expensive. Black, white, and the primaries are suffiicient. Bring more if there are special colors you can’t be without.
–Dimensional Paints of any color (I use TULIP)
–Pencil, pen, black marker (Sharpie)
–Pencil crayons (water soluble as well), pastels, inks
–Any mixed media supplies you enjoy using, including metal foil, collage elements, clay, beads, yarn, string, lace, trim, whatever!
Make sure you include your sense of humour and willingness to mind your muse !
(See my articles in QUILTING ARTS, Issues 33 and 39, as well as my videos to get a sense of the processes involved.)