This workshop is an introduction to working with faces using hand stitch & appliqué (machine stitch optional) and includes:
How to use your own drawings or photographs as a starting point.
How to start a piece of work using some of the simple processes Sue uses herself including transferring an image to fabric using tissue paper, different types of appliqué, drawing with backstitch and running stitch.
How to use sampling as an aid to deciding which techniques to use.
A look at different ways to present your finished work.
By the end of the workshop participants will have a piece of work started to work on at home and the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work further.
Participants should bring:
• Basic hand sewing equipment • embroidery needles (for both thin and thick threads), pins, dressmaking scissors and sharp embroidery scissors.
• Basic Drawing equipment: Journal/sketchbook and pen/pencil
• Acrylic paint or ink crayons (optional)
• Embroidery hoop (optional)
• Camera or phone/iPad to record your progress and to take photographs of Sue’s handling collection or work to use as reference for developing your work further.
• Washed linen or cotton/linen union fabric – NB: this will be the colour of your face but does not necessarily need to be flesh coloured – approx 80 x 45 cms (for backgrounds & sampling)
• Lightweight calico (washed/scoured) approx 80 x 45 cms (for background stabiliser)
• Selection of small amounts of washed natural fibre fabrics – various colours, plains/ patterns for appliqué. This should include fabrics/colours suitable for fusing & appliqué for eyes, lips, hair. clothing. Recycled
clothing fabrics are ideal for this. (optional)
• DMC stranded cotton (or similar) – colours 3021, (grey/brown), Blanc, 310 (black) + flesh tones & a selection of assorted colours in your preferred colour palette.
• an assortment of other threads which could include: cotton, wool, silk of various types, thicknesses, weights & colours, cotton machine thread. (optional)
Mistyfuse or Steam a Seam Lite for fusing fabrics (or similar light weight fusible suitable for hand stitching)
Sewing Machines (Optional)
• NB: Participants are required to bring their own sewing machine which can be used as much or as little as you wish. Your sewing machine needs to have an appropriate foot and you also need to be able to take the ‘feed dog teeth down’.
Don’t forget the foot pedal and lead!
• Please make sure your machine has recently been serviced, is in good working order and is PAT tested
Spare sewing machine needles and bobbins, free-machine embroidery/darning foot
Machine threads • please include a suitable colour to draw your guide when transferring your image. Superior threads Masterpiece is very good or any other very fine cotton thread.
Pre workshop assignments or preparations
This workshop requires the participants to bring a selection of either their own drawings or photographs as a starting point for their portrait. Participants should prepare by collecting images and inspiration for their portraits.
Pre-wash any fabrics to be used for appliqué.
Sue will provide:
Guidelines for choosing and adapting a suitable image to work with. (to be sent to participants before workshop.
Some simple images as a starting point from which to work for those who are worried about their drawing ability.