Painting with Machine Embroidery
September 21-24 (Fri-Mon) 10am–4pm
Maiwa Loft, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
Students of all levels can explore imagery and surface design using freestyle machine embroidery. Emphasis will be on creating a surface saturated with layers of thread. Individual styles of “markmaking” through shading, hatching, and visually mixing thread colours will be stressed. This course does not use computerized sewing machines.
After a few exercises designed to help understand the process, the class will begin work on individual projects. Students will create a design, sketch their design on cotton canvas with acrylic paint, then proceed to develop their idea with thread. No painting skills are necessary as the paint only serves as a guide for stitching. Students may work with fabric collage and/or dissolvable stabilizers and may use other materials if they wish.
Carol will teach her technique for applying a heat-transfer image to fabric for the purpose of freestyle machine embroidery and will bring a selection of images already printed.
Techniques for accommodating large pieces, tips for troubleshooting, and options for finishing and mounting will be discussed. There will be informal discussions about developing ideas and evaluating work. Students may work either three-dimensionally or two-dimensionally.
Students need a sewing machine in good working order. The machine should be able to lower its feed dogs and needs a darning or a freestyle embroidery foot.
Carol will also present a lecture.