With: Marilyn Belford
Skill Level: Intermediate
Create your own composition using various pictorial elements from various sources such as different photographs or fragments of printing
Start Date: To Be Advised
You will learn how to combine in a single composition using pictorial elements from various sources, as parts of different photographs or fragments of printing, either to give the illusion that the elements belonged together originally or to allow each element to retain its separate identity as a means of adding interest or meaning to the composition. Pick the theme, gather resource elements and put it all together to create your unique art quilt pattern with the guidance of Marilyn's expertise.
There are two sections to this workshop, both full of detailed instruction and guidance. The first three lessons involve designing and drawing a detailed pattern of your own theme using vector based and rastor based programs. The second section which is another three lessons, is all about putting your design into fabric, from enlarging the design to making templates and transferring your design into fabric and stitching. By the end of this course, you will have your own unique art quilt.
Supplies Required for Workshop
For the first three lessons:
You will need a computer with a vector (line) and raster (bitmap) program installed. A raster image is made of up pixels, each a different color, arranged to display an image.
A vector image is made up of paths, each with a mathematical formula (vector) that tells the path how it is shaped and what color it is bordered with or filled by.
A raster image (bitmap) is made of up pixels, each a different color, arranged to display an image.
In this class, Marilyn uses CorelDRAW graphics suite. If you do not have this software, there are several good FREE downloads for programs available on the Internet that can be used to successfully take this class. It is recommended, however, that you do have some knowledge of how to use them prior to class starting. If you have no prior experience it is recommended that you join "Free Software for Quilters" which teaches you the basics of Inkscape and GIMP.
Vector image and Raster image Software for download:
XARA ATREME: Xara.com
Visit //www.freevector.com/news/free-design-programs/ for descriptions of 12 free drawing (vector) programs.
Here are nine others: //graphicssoft.about.com/od/vectorbased/tp/advillustration.htm
Of these last ones, I do not know which are free.
For the Last three lessons:
- muslin for the foundation
- 19" x 24" pad of tracing paper or size appropriate for your plans. Or a roll of the very thinnest clear vinyl (from JoAnns or WalMart)
- 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of transparency film (for overhead projector use) See note below.
- overhead projector, slide projector or clean window
- piece of foam core board large enough for the enlarged image
- graphite or other transfer paper
- drafting tape
- an ultra fine-line Sharpie™ marker
- paper scissors (not your favorite) for cutting fusible web and paper, and fabric scissors
- tweezers (optional, but really helpful)
- repositionable fusible web (double-sided).
- I use Steam-a-Seam 2 LITE. You can purchase it by the yard from rolls at fabric shops. It also comes packaged as sheets in a plastic bag. . I like to buy a little at a time (1 yard) because it has the tendency to dry out (more on that later on). However, if you have to mail order it, play safe and buy 2 yards.
- sewing machine (with feed-dog down capability)
- darning foot, quilting foot or embroidery foot
- appliqué foot
- assorted threads. See the note below on thread types.
- basic sewing supplies (pins, needles )
Note: The transparency film can be purchased at any copy center or at an office supply or school supply store. Most copy centers or public libraries will rent an overhead projector to you. If you have a slide, you can use a slide projector.
You can download PosteRazor which will enlarge your image to any size you want. The PosteRazor cuts a raster image into pieces which can afterward be printed out and assembled into a large poster. And, it is a free download. Detailed instructions can be found in Lesson 3.