Machine Embroidery -SURFACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES IN THREAD
This exciting intensive workshop explores the different stitching techniques of machine embroidery. Students will develop a sampler of the many techniques, suitable for a purse or small quilt or can create individual samples. Learn to enrich your quilt or garment surfaces with beautiful thread techniques that add surface design and texture. We'll use many weights of threads and decorative yarns that are available in the market today, your sewing machine bobbin to stitch bold, decorative designs and discuss fabric, thread choices and preparing fabric for embroidery. The techniques included are: beautiful bobbin drawing; couching and couched fabric strips; free machining; satin stitching and satin stitch cords; free cutwork with lace filling; double needle; garnet stitch and more. For beginner through advanced.
- Sewing machine: with all manuals and accessories, free-motion foot or darning foot, assorted zig zag feet and pin tucking foot. (With a twin needle of the same size.) The feed dogs should lower, please be familiar with your machine and have it in good working order.
- Threads : various weights of rayon, cotton, poly or acrylic and bright colors for matching and contrast with the fabric, invisible thread and some thick threads and decorative specialty yarns such as metallic, variegated, Sliver and Perle cottons, cords (or more.)
- Bobbin Threads : Bobbinfil, Aerofil, Superior, Metrolene, Superior, Clotilde, YLI in white or a dark color.
- Machine embroidery needles : #90/14 Topstitch, #90/14, #80/12 & #70/10 Metallic and or Metafil, #2.0/80 or #2.5/80 twin needle size or any size, #80/12 Microtex, Jeans or universal.
- Fabric : One fat quarter sized 18” x 22” for the sampler or eight to ten 12"--14" (approx.) cotton fabric squares in solid colors, batiks or small prints. (Or both.) Include at least one very dark or black and a bright. (We will be trimming these samples later to fit into sheet protectors in a 3 ring binder, for your reference and storage.)
- Three fabric scraps, about 11", to coordinate with your other fabrics
- Stabilizer: Iron-on tear away stabilizer or freezer paper
- Iron--with table top ironing pad or stand up ironing board for 2-3 people to share
- Extension cord and multi-plug
- 8" or 10" wooden machine embroidery hoop with adjustable screw, or Susan Bates brand plastic hoops with adjustable screw (available at craft stores)
- Basic Sewing Supplies including scissors and appliqué scissors, straight pins, permanent fabric pen, pencil, note/sketch paper, chalk marker, litter bag
- Extra bobbin case (or you will be adjusting the one in your machine)
- Extra bobbins
- Extra light
- Three ring binder with lightweight sheet protectors, for display and storage of stitched samples.
- Machine quilting gloves and cushion for chair
- Supplies for cleaning machine: cotton swabs, or 2 chenille stems (soft pipe cleaners) and lightweight sewing machine oil.