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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 Home Decor
Style Traditional
Nicky Williams on

What materials did you use? Printer (to print out instructions and templates to copy. Paper Scissors paper/fabric/fine pointed New sewing machine needle Peach/cream cotton fabric (top fabric) British calico/ US Musilin for backing fabric 80/20 wadding/batting Thin perminant black marker Tip ex Derwent colour soft colour pencils Derwent blending pencil Derwent Inktense colour pencils Black Gutterman thread Blush pink colour Gutterman thread Blue cotton fabric for binding In 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

10/19/2012 Flag

Hi Pat, I got my blending pencil from Hobby Craft, made by Derwent pencils. If you have problems finding one, I have 2 and happy to send you one to keep :) I am on Facebook under nicky williams and you are welcome to contact me there if its more secure??? Thanks for your help with the fabric medium, that's brilliant!!! Let me know how you get on with the course. Big hug nicky x x x

10/19/2012 Flag

Thank you so much for your reply - I'm afraid I've only just found it! I've just about finished my first Thread Art project (a Christmas Angel) and the fabric medium I got from Colourcraft is fine. I wanted stronger colours and so used watercolour pencils (damp) which worked. Thank you for the offer of the blender pencil - that was kind of you, but I think I've got it sorted now. Look forward to seeing your next and subsequent Thread Art projects!

11/21/2012 Flag

Nicky, your picture is beautiful You have inspired me to start my project. Keep at it.

11/13/2012 Flag

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I have a second piece I am giving a go as I enjoyed this so much!!! Hope yours works out well for you too!!!

11/21/2012 Flag

Your work is beautiful!. I own three sewing machines but do not quilt. I must admit, this technique does inspire me to give it a try.

11/20/2012 Flag

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. This was my first attempt at this method :)

11/21/2012 Flag

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

07/29/2013 Flag