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Thread Art taught by Lola Jenkins

Color and texture dominate this art quilting class. Learn stitches and shading to make colors and patterns pop in your collage or portrait quilts.

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Category Quilting
Type Wall Hanging
Style Traditional
Nicky Williams on

What materials did you use? Printer (to print out instructions and templates to copy. PaperScissors paper/fabric/fine pointedNew sewing machine needlePeach/cream cotton fabric (top fabric)British calico/ US Musilin for backing fabric80/20 wadding/battingThin perminant black markerTip ex Derwent colour soft colour pencilsDerwent blending pencilDerwent Inktense colour pencilsBlack Gutterman threadBlush pink colour Gutterman threadBlue cotton fabric for bindingIn the UK art shops do not sell "liquid fabric medium" even specialised ones do not sell it!!!Tried 2 possible products suggested by Art Van Go, but not successful because they did not really understand a product they have not come I contact with. I would be soooo grateful to hear from anyone who can suggest what else I can use please???

Nicky Williams on

What are you most proud of? I was totally stunned how well I took to this class. I will confess, it's taken all I have known and turned it on its head which was scary, like using perminant black marker direct to fabric, but I trusted the tutor and did it. I was so glad to be brave enough to break out of old ideas and try out new radical ideas, like machine embroidery with black thread!!! BUT it all works!!!I am soooo pleased with how well the colour pencils worked too, I was so pleased how easy it was to shade on fabric the method taught by the tutor. I have never done filling in of negative spaces before, and that was taught brilliantly too!!!!It gave me confidence and the ability to try without feeling worried.

Nicky Williams on

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take one step at a time. Push away all the things you may have been taught, and open your mind to a different, liberating method of learning. Try anything new an a scrap of fabric to check a) your black pen doesn't bleed into the fabric, b) try out new methods of stitching, c) how to colour on fabric, and the colours you plan to use work ok with the back ground fabric you have chosen. Have a white pencil to use as a base colour if there is colour confliction as that may help neutralise the base colour. Work in natural sunlight when colouring, as artificial lighting may give you a false colour reading, a 'daylight bulb' may help??Relax, enjoy and embrace a totally different method of stitching which is very liberating. Keep going back to the video if in doubt, and it's fine to ask for help. ENJOY x x x ,

Nicky Williams on

This is lovely, thx for sharing. Think I'll take the class!

07/29/2013 Flag

I am sorry for the delay in replying, just discovered your post. How did you do with your project??? I really hope it turned out really well for you. Have you posted it??

07/04/2014 Flag

Love these colors.

07/01/2014 Flag

Hi, I'm so glad you love the colour. I think having excellent pencils makes all the difference. I used the British brand called Derwent pencils, the inktence and soft colour. Derwent are high pigment coloured pencils and that's the key! The cheaper the pencil the less pigment colour you will get, so stay away from the kiddy type ones and go for artist quality. You basically pay for what you get. With the inktense variety, once you heat set it with an iron, it's permanent and washable. I've not tried sticking it in the wash yet and I would always do a sample test piece first. You can get these amazing pencils in artists shops, plus on the internet. I recently got an amazing set off Amazon. I really hope you take this course as it's fabulous and that you enjoy every creative moment.

07/04/2014 Flag

Wow, fantastic! I've looked at doing something like this but never got up the courage to get started. I think the class will help. Can't wait to see your next project Nicky - well done!

11/12/2014 Flag

Thank you S.S.G. for your very kind comments. This was my first attempt of doing anything quite like this, and I found it scary marking my fabric in black permanent marker. I enjoyed the colouring aspect the most. I hope you have a go at this and unleash your inner artist! Best regards always Nicky :)

11/14/2014 Flag