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Pacific Aquarium

Make an aquarium or a cottage garden, embellishing both by hand and machine

With: Ruth Blanchet
Skill Level: All Levels

Make an aquarium or a cottage garden, embellishing both by hand and machine

Pacific Aquarium calendar image

4 Lessons
Type: On-demand
Price: $40.00
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Features

Tags: Bargello, Applique, Embroidery, Dimensional Applique, Strip Piecing, Textile Floral

Description

This is a four-lesson class suitable for all levels. The background was made using basic Bargello techniques or by simple piecing. Applique, embroidery and quilting are applied to the background making up the underwater 3-D scene or if you prefer, turn it into a garden scene with insects, flowers, and butterflies. It is a fun class with lots of different techniques to try and experiment with. This is a great design for the creative student to add his/her personal touch with the addition of other ocean occupants, treasures and wildlife.

OUTLINE of LESSONS

Lesson One takes you through the requirements and different media that can be used, plus where to look for inspiration. Some cutting out will also be done.

The background is made using very basic Bargello strip piecing techniques which are accomplished in Lesson Two.

During Lesson Three, you will learn, through different techniques, to make fish, shells, seaweed and any other pieces you wish to add.

In Lesson Four, the appliqués and beads will be added, you will embroider and quilt areas to the background making up the 3-D scene. Once all is complete, we will also then look at making the split binding.

Student Comments

Cath:

The great thing about doing this course online is I can take my time and not feel pressured as I would if I went to a class to learn.

Supplies Required for Workshop

Fabric: (Please note, we will be discussing these items in depth and what to select in the first lesson)

  • 25 cm (10") full width of sky fabric
  • 25 cm (10") full width of water fabric
  • 2 strips 1" x 15" OR 1 strip full width of six fabrics in colour run
  • scraps of fabric for seaweed, shells, etc.
  • 40cm (16") Fine batting or Pellon (I prefer a cotton blend to work on)
  • 40 cm (16") backing fabric
  • 40 cm (16") heavy iron-on non-woven interfacing (used to stabilize work to embroider on)
  • neutral thread for piecing
  • assortment of decorative threads (e.g., machine embroidery, rayon, metallic)
  • 25 cm x 25 cm (10" x 10") batting sandwich (one piece of calico and one of heavy interfacing with batting sandwiched between)
  • beads, sheer fabric, scraps of almost anything.

Other Requirements:

  • sewing machine and accessories
  • 1/4" machine foot if you have one or other method of measuring 1/4"
  • darning or free motion foot
  • pencil or fabric marker
  • cutting mat, rotary cutter and rulers
  • scissors
  • fine pins (wedding and lace pins are ideal)
  • soldering Iron (if you have one)
  • Water soluble interfacing (optional) interfacing that dissolves in water
  • Topstitching or Metalfil needle maybe useful

Student Comments

Cath:

The great thing about doing this course online is I can take my time and not feel pressured as I would if I went to a class to learn.

Student's projects

Projects Made By Ruth Blanchet

Here are some projects made using the techniques learned in this workshop.

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