Number of Lessons: 3
Price: US$ 30.00
Tutor: Linda Schmidt
Start Date: To Be advised
Weeks Open: 5.5
Do you remember those dark velvet nights of summer when you were a child, the anticipation of Independence Day fireworks show? How about New Year’s Eve, Guy Fawke’s Day, Bastille Day, Chinese New Year? Do you remember those grand finale displays where they shoot up hundreds of pounds of explosives at the grand finale, while playing Sousa marches in time to the music? Remember?
Let’s make a recreation of one of those nights with a dark black sky, your favorite city in the distance, with all the metallic threads and crystals and embellishments you never get to use on your day-to-day quilt projects. You will get to play with machine embroidery, fancy threads, foil glue and foil glitter, Angelina fiber, metallic thread snippets, Mistyfuse and more. First, you’ll make some samples, then create your own Fireworks Finale Masterpiece in your own colors and design, then quilt, embellish with crystals and beads, add piping and bind that into your own miniature fireworks explosion. Come on, let’s make Skyrockets in Flight!
Interfacing - Get 2 yards of a good, heavyweight iron-on interfacing so you can interface both your Masterpiece and your samples. I used a craft weight, which worked quite well. Once it is fused to the background, pin it every 3 inches or so all around the edges with safety pins.
Batting – Wool batting. Mathilda’s Own and Hobbs are both good brands, but any kind of wool batting is preferable to any other kind, for wallhangings. Wool can be steamed and stretched and blocked, just like a sweater. Worth its weight in gold. I buy a king-sized batt and just cut it up as needed.
Be sure to read my “Dealing With Difficult Threads” essay in the Academy Library before you sew.
Angelina and Tintzl Fibers
Needles – I use Schmetz Toptstitching 100 needles for sewing with metallic thread. If you cannot find them, a 90 Jeans needle is inferior, but will do. The Topstitch needles are available at some quilt shops and also at www.DiscountEmbroiderySupply.com. Metallica and Metalfil needles are meant for sewing with metallic thread, but only through one layer. Topstitch needles are thicker, with a deeper shaft down the front, sharper, and meant for going through layers. They sew very well with metallic thread and are also very easy to thread, since the eye of the needle is so large.
Gluestick – Any common gluestick will do. Get the big ones at an office supply store.
Mistyfuse – Get a package of black Mistyfuse for fusing glitter and/or fibers to the background. This is a very very fine fusible, which disappears into the black background without leaving visible residue. You can use it instead of gluestick, or along with it.
Lite Steam a Seam II – Finally back on the market, this comes in handy when you want to fuse your city to the background, or if you cannot find Mistyfuse.
Marker – A white chalk or quilting marker to draw out your designs. If you like, get an “Ultimate Marking Pencil” by Hancy Hancy Mfg. Co, which is cheap and available from www.FullLineStencil.com. It has the advantage of disappearing when you run a hot iron over it. Well, it almost disappears – there is a faint, very faint, shadow remaining, but you really cannot see it once you quilt it and add everything else to the piece. If not, a white chalk marker will do.
ExtravOrganza – This is a printable organza. You only need this if you want to print a city outline on it for your background. It is usually available in JoAnn fabric stores and many online quilt sources. It is very cool, extremely useful for printing photos on and making collages.
Fabrico gray or tan brush tip marker for shading in the city.
Black Pigma fine line fabric marker for drawing in the city details.
Perlescent white paint to dot in the city windows
Glitter in whatever color scheme you choose (I used red, gold and silver)
Foil Glue – I prefer the squeezable white foil glue sold by the Bo-Nash company, which is available on their website, www.bonash.com, direct URL: http://www.bonashstore.com/store/c7/Tonertex_Arts_%26_Crafts.html. Their telephone number is 1-800-527-8811. It is also available at other websites such as www.meinketoy.com
Foil Glitter – Comes in a little tower of separate, screwed-on flat containers, available at the same URL as the foil glue and at other websites.
Moleskin – Available in the foot care section of the pharmacy. Get the thinnest kind and cut a small square of it to stick on just above your needle. Soak it with Sewer’s Aide.
Sewer’s Aide – A silicon product that will lubricate your thread as it goes over the soaked moleskin. It is extremely effective in keeping metallic thread from breaking.
Standard Sewing Supplies – All that stuff you always need like rotary cutters, pins, needles, sewing machine, etc.
Hotfix Rhinestones or Schwarovsky Crystals – You can get these at most craft stores, like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or Richards, or online at places like www.mjtrim.com. Keep your color scheme in mind and buy the ones that will embellish your Masterpiece when you are finished.
Beads and Other Embellishments – They sky is the limit. Feel free to add beads, sequins, and whatever else you can think of to make these fireworks feel real.
Lesson One - Experimenting with Various Sorts of Fireworks