Workshops - Domestic Bliss: Abstract Applique Still Life

WORKSHOP - Domestic Bliss: Abstract Appliqué Still Life

 LENGTH - 1 to 5 days


              Sewing machine needed (at least a few of decorative stitches)


 We will begin this workshop by looking at examples of abstract still lives by several 20th century artists. Then we will simplify our subjects by cutting paper shapes to play with perspective, light and shadow and composition. Then we will transform our paper pictures into fabric appliqué. There is lots of room for fun and exaggerated interpretations of what we see. 



•Photographs of still lives. Mine your Martha Stewart magazines for good pictures or check out       some flower arranging or decorating books from the library. The more photos the better.

•Drawing materials: Paper, mechanical pencils, eraser, etc

•Tracing paper roll or large tablet.

•Construction paper - inexpensive pack with a variety of colors.

•Paper scissors

•Sewing basics: scissors, pins, etc.

•Sewing machine in good working order

•Open-toed embroidery foot - optional, #20 Bernina

•Aileen’s Tacky Glue

•Masking tape, Xacto knife with #11 blade (optional) 

•Fusible interfacing: white, non woven, 3 yds for 1to 2 day class, 4-6 yds. for longer classes 

  ( Shir Tailor by Pellon is best)

•Wonder Under or some kind of iron-on adhesive, one yard

•Rotary cutter, mat and ruler

•Fabrics: a good range of fabrics (match your photos)- solids, simple prints, fat quarters are fine

•Threads: Basic 50wt to match fabric

•Extension cord, multiple-outlet strip, adaptors (if necessary)

•Digital camera-optional, but very useful

•Flannel or some other method for pinning work to the wall-optional for 3-5 day classes



Large projection screen 

Sturdy table for projector and laptop

2-3 quilt hangers or other safe way to display quilts 

2 tables for teachers use

3-5 irons and ironing stations 

Electrical cords and extensions, multiple-outlet strip, adaptors, lighting (if necessary) 

Plenty of workspace for each student