Number of Lessons: 4
Price: US$ 40.00
Tutor: Ruth Blanchet
12 January 2018
Weeks Open: 6.5
I am sure you have all heard of the Masters in art, such as Alfred Sisley, Renoir, Dario Campanelli and Monet with their famous still life paintings. In this class we will learn to transform similar still life using textiles.
We begin by learning to make templates from a photo, which I have supplied or you may use your own. Step by step instructions guide you how to do this with ease using the free graphic program, GIMP. Use graduates of color to create dimension in your still life and then enhance it with thread work. Our final lesson includes enhanced features that you can add to your still life images such as shadows and reflections. We attach your still life form to a suitable background and then finish it off by stretching it over stretcher bars or bind it off like a regular quilt.
There are many possibilities and everyone will create a unique masterpiece for their self.
Watch this video to see some previous student's creations.
Supplies and Outline
There are various options throughout the class to decide on. I supply some photos to create your still life, however you can also choose to take your own photos and work from those.
For your own photography you will need: (optional)
Spot light or lamp for extra light if necessary
Possible still life objects such as fruit, vases, bottles, jars, shells etc
Software: This class uses GIMP, which is a free download graphic program. There are full details for downloading this in lesson 1. Note: I give step by step instructions for using this and can help you when you need assistance.
First sample (vase) requires:
A collection of SEVEN fabrics ranging from light to dark in ONE color. Eg light to dark blues Note: Only small amounts of fabric are required – usually a fat eighth is sufficient. Hand dyed fabrics are ideal.
Machine embroidery threads to match the above fabrics
1-3 background fabrics (fat quarter if only 1 background is use, less if 2 or 3 are used)
Your own templates:
Fabrics ranging in colors to make your own still life project. These may be collected during class when you have a better understanding of suitable fabrics, templates are created and amounts calculated.
Machine embroidery threads to match the above fabrics.
Suitable background fabrics – usually a fat quarter will be sufficient.
Bobbin Thread – bobbinfil, bottom line or similar 60 weight thread.
Teflon sheet, baking paper or parchment paper
Safety pins or basting spray
Sewing machine and suitable feet such as free motion foot etc
Batting and backing for each project
Fabric paints or crayons, or water colors pencils or crayons (optional)