|Date of Class
||March 13, 2021
||1pm - 4pm
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||Hand stitching can be a meditative practice. Mandala which means circle in the ancient language of Sanskit, is a form often used in meditation to center and focus one’s attention. In this workshop, students will enjoy some meditative stitching, working in a circular format to create a series of Stitch Mandalas. Julie will teach variations of a select number of basic embroidery stitches that can be worked within a circular format with beautiful results.
|About Your Teacher
||I’m an artist, an author but most of all, I’m a teacher who loves to inspire my students to stretch. My greatest joy is watching students get excited, jump in fully and produce works that speak to them and others. I personally enjoy hours in the studio playing with fabric and threads but also painting and printing my own fabrics. I’m the author of Fabric Printing at Home, a book that focuses on using household materials to create print blocks, stencils and fabric resists. I’ve been a featured artist in three Quilting Arts TV series and continue to write articles for Quilting Arts magazine on hand stitching and surface design projects. I’m the proud initiator of the Textile Museum Muse Project (started in 2017), where I provide opportunities for fiber artists to study ancient textiles and objects from the Textile Museum’s (in Washington DC) collections, using them as inspiration for new fiber art works. In 2020, I moved my teaching online and had the wonderful opportunity to teach a lesson for TextileArtist.com’s Stitch Club.
My Artistic Process
My artistic process includes journaling, inspirational nature walks and playtime in my studio.
Once in the studio, I pull out materials...fabric scraps, sari silk ribbons, yarns, cheesecloth, tulles and threads. I begin by moving everything around on a backing fabric/stabilizer—usually wool felt or wool fabric. I may refer to thumbnail sketches from my journal at this point. When I’m happy with the layout, I’ll pin everything in place. Stitching decisions often happen in the moment. I stay aware of color values, stitch textures and designs. Some of my pieces are more freeform and organic with looping lines of couching and textured layers of hand-painted cheesecloth and tulle covered with ruching, French knots and wonky Cross stitch. Other pieces are more structured starting with a patchwork of fabric scraps and silk ribbon covered with Boro-style Running stitch.
Lately my stitching focus has been on smaller, intensely stitched works including cloth books, talisman pouches and Boro-style bags. I’m inspired to make objects of intention with attention to the visual and tactile details. I want these pieces to be held and to also hold objects of meaning and importance to the owner.
||• Needles: Crewel Embroidery (suggest #5, #3)
• Fabric scissors, embroidery scissors
• Strongly suggest: Clear plastic gridded ruler
• Bottle caps/jar tops of different sizes (diameter sizes ranging from 1”-2”. We will mostly be using 1.5”-1.75” sizes) to use as round templates for your mandalas. Alternatively, you could also use circle stencils.
• Threads: Pearl cotton (sizes 12 and/or 8) or embroidery floss in a variety of colors to contrast with your fabric. I like stitching with some variegated threads.
• Optional: Sewing thread for basting fabrics to stabilizers
• 1-2 pieces of yarn (1-2 ft length) for couching stitch
• Fabric marking pen/pencil
• (3-4) 6” squares of solid or hand dyed or monochromatic batik cotton fabric
• Extra fabric scrap(s) for trying out stitches
• (3-4) 6” squares of stabilizing fabric (one for each of your cotton squares). Here are some options: Wool felt, wool blend felt, wool fabric, craft felt, flannel.
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