Classes & Lectures

Thread Magic Garden: Irises

Thread Magic Garden: Irises

©2011 Thread Magic Garden: Irises

Everyone loves irises. These tall stately flowers break into blossom in fabric even if the season is wrong. Simple shapes and new machine embroidery and applique techniques make these irises sing. They’re a celebration of
summer to come.

11”x 14” project Skill Level beginner/ expert. Skill set: Building with Steam a Seam 2, Free motion applique, 1 Session,  3 hours project oriented class   

Class Outline

A. Iris Design
a. Designing in teardrop shapes
b. Building an iris
c. Cutting leaves

B. Creating applique
a.  Backing
b. Building stabilizer sandwich
C. Stitching as embellishment
a. Outlining
b. Shading
c. Smoothing
d. Details
D. Applying to background

40 Weight embroidery threads: Polyester, cotton, rayon, and metallic threads
Bring what you have.  I prefer Supertwist, Superior Metallics, and Polyester
Neon but you know what works for your machine.

Kit available: Stabilizer, fusible, hand-dyed background, cheesecloth and felt $19
Threads extra

Sewing machine with darning foot
Topstitching 90 needles
Halo™ hoop (optional)
Sharp sewing scissors

I will bring in threads, tools and stabilizers for you if you need them.

Student Class Information Please read this before class.

I know many of the things I use for creating my quilts are hard to find. I won’t do kits for most classes because kits limit what I can bring you and limit your choices for your work. Instead I bring all kinds of resources into class for you so you can have what you need in class, without having to purchase something you don’t want.

Please bring anything you want to experiment with to class if you have them. But don’t worry about finding things that you don’t know where to get. I’ll bring in the right stabilizers, fusibles, hand-dyed fabrics, the best threads, and tools I trust. They’re there for you to choose so you can pick exactly what you need and want in class. You can make a tab and settle up at the end of your class time.

A big part of enjoying a class is being able to participate and experiment.  If your machine isn’t working right, it makes that harder. I will make every effort to help you if your machine is in trouble, but there are things you should do to help avoid problems.

Please bring a machine you are familiar with!  If you are borrowing a machine, make sure you know how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, and change the feet. Bring your manual if you can, and all your attachments.

In general, sewing machines are like cars. They need regular maintenance. Before any machine class, please take your machine out, check that it has the correct feet, and that it's working properly. If it hasn't been tuned up in the last two years, please have that done. Your good experience in any machine quilting class depends on your machine being in its best condition.

You probably know what you need to make your sewing day more comfortable.  If you are more comfortable with a special light, chair or a pillow, bring it.  Also if you have an extending table for your machine, that can be a great help.

I bring some books to help us feed our eyes and give us ideas, but if you have interesting art books, children’s books with wonderful illustrations, or any kinds of image collections you want to bring, they will be very welcome.  Please put your name in them before you come so they won’t be misplaced.

As a personal favor, please don’t wear perfumes or anything with strong scents. Or clothes that have perfume on them. I’m quite allergic to them. Other people may be too.

If you have questions or problems with your machine, or anything you are having trouble finding, feel free to call me and discuss it before class. I may be able to bring just the right gadget or book to make things work better for you.

Ellen Anne Eddy, 125 Franklin, Porter, IN 46304 219-921-0885
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Office Manager at  405-735-3703 or 405-361-5356

December 17, 2017
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