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Stupendous Stitching

Adventures in Surface Design

with Carol Ann Waugh
Stupendous Stitching
Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

In Stupendous Stitching, you’ll learn how to incorporate all kinds of stitches into your next fiber art project - whether you’re embellishing a quilt or adding pizzazz to a garment. Award-winning fiber artist Carol Ann Waugh will teach you how to change the look of each standard stitch by modifying its length or width, and you’ll create a personal stitch bible to serve as a handy permanent reference for future sewing and embroidery projects.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Fiber artist Carol Ann Waugh began quilting years ago, then stopped. After a decades-long hiatus, she returned to create Stupendous Stitching.


Lesson 2. Materials

  • An array of threads, a variety of stitches, ribbons, yarn and more go into this extraordinary artwork.


Lesson 3. The Stitch Bible

  • Find out what your machine can really do on your way to composing a stitch bible.


Lesson 4. Backgrounds

  • Some fabrics lend themselves to Stupendous Stitching, others don't. Learn to choose the good and avoid the bad and the ugly.


Lesson 5. Couching

  • Once you've chosen fabric, it's time to pick the cords, yarns and threads, then start couching. Carol repeats her mantra: There are no rules or mistakes.


Lesson 6. Decorative Machine Stitching

  • Open up your stitch bible and roll out the thread collection. Then sew decorative lines beside your couching.


Lesson 7. Hand Embroidery

  • Hoop up! In this session, Carol guides you through French knots and running stitches, and how to use variations on the theme to enhance your piece.


Lesson 8. Sandwiching

  • Once the fabric, batting and backing are sandwiched together, add machine quilt lines to enhance and embellish.


Lesson 9. Trimming and Binding

  • Measure, then trim your piece to its finished size. Next, Carol takes you through the steps of binding your work to enhance and stabilize it.


Lesson 10. Mounting Your Art

  • No more stitching. Instead, get ready to put your fiber art on display with a little carpentry, a little painting, more measuring and plenty of glueing.


Lesson 11. Other Uses

  • Think you've just made a wall hanging? Think again. Incorporate Stupendous Stitching into checkbook covers, iPad cases, glasses holders, shoes (yes, we said shoes!) and jewelry.

"Carol Ann is a teacher. Not every artist or expert has that skill. The pace is spot on, her enthusiasm is catching and the instructions are clear. I have liked every Craftsy class I have taken to date and have learned from them all. But, this one also makes me feel happy."
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