Dimensional Delights Class Plan

by Liz Aneloski

I teach this class two different ways, depending mostly on whether it's held in a quilt/fabric shop or a stamp/scrapbook store. Generally speaking, quilters need more help with stamping and embellishing, and stampers need more help with creating the fabric screen base.

It can be taught in 4-hour class, or split into two 2-hour classes or another format that appeals to you.

Quilting + scrapbooking + altered arts = a dynamite combination! Learn to blend a simple fabric screen base with fun embellishments for a personalized heirloom you'll treasure forever, or a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. Use your collections of buttons, trims, photos, memorabilia, or other craft and scrapbooking supplies. And if you're not a sewer, no problem - the screens can be completely no-sew if you choose.

NOTE: The class supply list will vary depending on how you choose to teach (see class variations below). You can put together a comprehensive supply list based on any of the projects in the book, by relying on your own designs and embellishment choices, or by making general suggestions as shown on the list below. You should also take into account which of the tools and supplies you will provide in class and which you will ask students to bring.

A very general supply list would include:

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  • Basic sewing supplies (if sewing) - thread, pins, scissors, seam ripper, etc.
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Iron and ironing board or surface
  • Fabric for screen base (see page 11)
  • fast2fuse® Double-sided Fusible Stiff Interfacing for screen base
  • SUGGESTED EMBELLISHMENTS: rubber stamps, dye-based inks, permanent markers, punches, cardstock, handmade paper, memorabilia, photos, clip art, ribbon, buttons, charms, costume jewelry, vintage hardware, found items - the possibilities are endless - OR you may choose to supply a kit for the embellishments
  • Tacky glue

It's very helpful if you bring a varied collection of embellishment items such as hardware, buttons, and vintage memorabilia. These items can be sold to students by the piece for use on their screen.

Either class version takes approximately 4 hours. The first 2 hours are dedicated to choosing a layout, measuring, and making the screen base (pages 8-11). Choose an edge treatment (pages 48-60). I show the steps for making the screen on a bulletin board or foam-core board at the front of the room, so students who want to get started right away can do so.

I usually do more one-on-one teaching/showing than I do standing in front of the class lecturing. I also try to have a helper for larger classes.

The second 2 hours are devoted to embellishing the screen. I usually factor in a 15-minute break between the class sections. That allows them time to put away the fabric supplies, bring out the embellishments, and get a snack.

For this class I provide each student with a kit and handout based on a specific screen that has been displayed in the shop. I usually teach this method in a stamp or scrapbook store. In the kit I include fabric already cut to size, fast2fuse, and all embellishments needed to re-create the sample. I provide a couple of irons and ironing boards for use in class.

For this class, I supply the shop with samples of several different screens, and give students a complete list of tools and supplies needed to make their own personalized screen. You can use one of the specific screen projects in the book as an example. Students should bring to class their chosen fabrics and embellishments, including any photos and/or stamped images they wish to include on their screen. While students supply the majority of their own embellishments, I do bring some alternative embellishment options such as buttons, trims, and charms for students to use in class.

Shops could also sell