by Joyce R. Becker
Landscapes With No Boundaries
- All skill levels are welcome but free-motion stitching is necessary
- You'll learn about design, perspective, scale, value, and loads of embellishing techniques
- You will take home a gorgeous design complete with stunning embellishments
- You'll love this class because it is stress-free, and you will discover your capability to design and create a stunning landscape
- If you have respiratory issues, such as asthma, this class might not work for you due to spray adhesive use!
- This class can be structured according to your needs. Although it can be taught in a six-hour format, a two to three day format allows students to embellish their designs during class
- This workshop is not a part of a series of classes
- Required Text: Beautifully Embellished Landscapes by Joyce R. Becker
- Optional: Joyce Becker Teaches You Landscape Quilting DVD
- Sewing machine
- Darning or free-motion foot
- Basic sewing supplies
- Portable working wall
- Sharp scissors (I recommend Fiskar Softtouch large)
- Rotary mat, cutter, rulers
- One design inspiration (photo, book, calendar or card) enlarged to 8" x 11"
- 505 Repositional Spray Adhesive
- Heavy Duty Starch
- Brown paper grocery bag of freezer paper, pizza box for spraying starch and adhesive.
- Bleached muslin for canvas. Needs to be three inches larger than your finished design w/o borders.
- Lightweight fusible Pellon Stabilizer to cover back of muslin canvas
- Pre-starched 1 yard cuts of background fabric suitable for your design (hand-dyed, SkyDye, batiks are excellent choices)
- 1/2 to 1 yard cuts of a variety of preprinted commercial fabrics including elements such as: sky, mountains, clouds, rocks, snow, water, flowers, leaves, bark, trees, foliage, fence, garden, etc. Shredded batting, yarns, tulle, organza or Angelina make great waterfalls or waves. Look for fabrics in the correct scale, suggesting texture and dimension. Solids don't work!!!
- Clear YLI monofilament or Superior Monopoly thread
- Light-weight bobbin thread to match your design (I recommend Wonderfil Invisifil or Superior Bottom Line)
- Machine Embroidery needles 75/90
- Variety of threads to compliment your design. Variegated threads such as; Wonderfil Tutti or Fruitti, Sulky Blendables, Superior Rainbows, King Tut, cotton embroidery, etc. I do not recommend rayon
- Optional: Artist colored pencils, wax pastels, textile paint and brushes, Tsukineko Craft Inks and fabric markers, matching tulle, organza, Angelina, fusible web, Paintstixs, border, backing, and binding fabric, Hobbs Thermore batting.
- Sewing machine for each student
- Free-motion foot for each student
- Wall space for designing for each student or advise students to bring portable working walls
- No more than two students per table
- Area for spraying starch and ironing
- Power cords
- Several irons and pressing sheets - there is lots of ironing in this class!
- Create and stabilize your muslin canvas, page 7.
- Build design from top down - Lightest values further away, darker in foreground, pages 8, 9, and 12.
- Use a photo, greeting card, book for inspirations, page 6.
- Pin inspiration next to canvas on design wall, page 7.
- Pre-starch fabrics except for background areas, page 13.
- Glue elements to canvas using 505 spray adhesive, page 12.
- Cutting, page 13.
- Incorporating overlays for value change, pages 24-28.
- Basting, pages 13-15.
- Add texture, dimension and three dimensional elements with machine embroidery, textile paints, wax pastels, etc. pages 16-23 and 28-35.
- Fine finishing, pages 87-91.