Stitch & Slash

with Carol Ann Waugh

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Popular instructor Carol Ann Waugh returns to Craftsy for more fiber fun. Get your seam ripper ready to destroy in the name of creation. Read More…

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Class Description

Carol Ann Waugh sums up her creative philosophy this way: "No rules, no mistakes." In this class, she introduces you to raw edge cutwork, an exhilarating and vibrant form of surface design. Using Carol's methods, you'll reveal amazing patterns, colors, shapes and dynamics. Carol starts with ideas about choosing the right fabrics, colors and values. You'll layer, stitch, then rip for stunning results. Add couching, surface stitching and embroidery, and use the fabric for quilts, decor, accessories and framed art. Have a blast as you stitch and slash!


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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Carol Ann Waugh, who will lead you on a path of creative destruction! She explains the difference between Stitch & Slash, which is raw edge cutwork, and reverse appliqué.


Lesson 2. Selecting Fabrics

  • Hues, values and color schemes – Carol goes into detail on how to choose your fabrics.


Lesson 3. Layering

  • Carol explains the factors to take into account when layering your fabric. Choose contrasting values, iron out the creases, layer and pin to secure.


Lesson 4. Designing & Stitching

  • Now it's time to design the actual project. Learn nine different stitching designs that anyone can do, and how to apply one to your fabric.


Lesson 5. Slashing

  • Let's start slashing! Pick up your favorite sharp object and remove layers to reveal the pattern and texture of your final piece.


Lesson 6. Adding Texture

  • Learn how couching and decorative machine stitching can make your project more interesting.


Lesson 7. Sandwiching

  • Stitch your fabric to fusible fleece, so you can add machine stitching to your creation. Carol shares some pro tips about backing fabric and handling fusibles.


Lesson 8. Making a Pillow

  • Take your beautiful new stitch-and-slash fabric into an artsy pillow: trim it to size, add an envelope-style back and a pillow form, and voila!


Lesson 9. Leftovers

  • Have leftover scraps of fabric? You'll be surprised what you can do with them. Remember, there are no mistakes!

"This was my very first online class. I watched the entire class and am so excited to actually get my hands on some fabric and start sewing! You showed and explained everything very clearly, and your excitement for what you are teaching really shows. I am looking forward to starting your Stupendous Stitching class too! Thank you for the inspiration!!"
- ahuston11

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