Maximum: 20 students
1 day workshop
Supplies (* will be available for purchase at seminar)
|1. Graph paper with an eight-to-the-inch grid and a bold inch line; one sheet per student will be provided by instructor.|
|*2. Sheets of see-thru plastic template material with an eight-to-the-inch grid and a bold inch line. (Do not purchase long sheets in rolled format; they will never obey your will and lie flat.)|
|3. Thin rulers and sharpened pencils with ample and accessible erasers|
|*4. Extra fine-point permanent marker. Ex: PILOT7 Extra Fine Point Permanent Marker, SCA-UF|
|*5. Method to mark dark fabric. My preference: light-colored (ex: silver), extra fine-point permanent gel pen.|
|6. Fabric scissor|
|7. Template/paper scissors|
|8. Set-up for rotary cutting, including a rotary cutter, ruler and mat|
|9. Sewing machine with well-defined quarter-inch seam allowance guide|
|10. General sewing supplies|
|11. Ziplock baggies to hold templates|
The success of NEEDLE STARS depends on choosing a bilaterally symmetrical fabric. A motif with bilateral symmetry can be divided into identical halves by a line
passing through the center.
Note: Patches A+C are cut from the same bilaterally symmetrical fabric. Patches D+E are cut from the same allover fabric that functions as the background and is often a rich, dark (or black) reads-like-a-solid-but-isn’t fabric. Patch B is cut from a different allover fabric and should contrast sharply with Fabric A in order to stand out and emphasize the shape of the “needle.” It is best to audition Patch B in class so bring a variety of small to medium all-over prints such as painterly batiks that evoke luminosity or translucence, textures, gradations, splattered dots, stuff speckled with gold or thin stripes.
for Single Block Made in Class 10" x 10"
|Fabric A+C: Bilaterally Symmetrical Fabric:||
|Fabric B: The Needle:||1/2 yard|
|Fabric D+E: Background:||1/2 yard|
While simultaneously exploiting the virtues of bilaterally symmetrical fabric, this class covers the unique machine piecing and template techniques used to create the complex images of a simple 4-patch block reminiscent of a refined pinwheel.