• Enchanted Garden, Tutor - Gail Lawther
    11/06/2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Enchanted Garden,, Tutor - Gail Lawther £50.00 (GBP)  

Booking Information: online payments are taken securely via PayPal – you do not need to have a Paypal account. If you prefer not to book and pay online, please call Linda or Rebecca on 01995 603363 or email linda@creativethreadworkshops.co.uk  to book your place.

About your workshop;  The designs are created in stained glass patchwork; it’s an ideal introduction to the technique even if you’ve never tried it before, as during the day we’ll cover everything you need to know. This technique works using bright batiks and gold prints, with gold bias binding, they also look fabulous in other colour-ways too – in fact they’ll work in just about any colour-scheme you fancy.

You will be working from Gail’s patterns, Gail has listed the fabrics for both the dragonfly and the butterfly, choose one design and follow that specific list to make sure you have the correct fabric. Finished design 25in (64cm) You will be learning how to use a twin needle on the day to attach your bias trim.

The designs are large, so it’s very unlikely that you complete your project during the workshop itself, but I’ll ensure that by the end of the day we’ve covered all the relevant techniques you need for finishing off your design.

About Gail

Gail has been working fulltime with fabric and stitch for 20 years, she has published books and many patterns over the years she travels widely teaching workshops and giving talks. Gail also makes Church banners with astounding detail. http://gaillawther.co.uk/church-banners/

You will need

Equipment

  • sewing kit
  • small, really sharp fabric scissors – these are important! If your little scissors aren’t really sharp right to the points, now’s the time to treat yourself to a new pair. if you have a pair of special applique scissors, bring them along
  • large fabric scissors,
  • paper scissors
  • pins
  • sewing machine and manual
  • bring everything that goes with your machine – foot pedal, flex, knee lift if you have one, and all the feet and other bits that go with it – then we can choose the best feet etc. to use on the day!
  • 4mm twin needle.
  • soft pencil (eg 2B), ruler
  • non-stick ironing sheet or greaseproof paper/baking parchment (for protecting the iron and ironing board when you’re working with the Bondaweb)
  • Lunch

 

DRAGONFLY, Fabric requirements

 

Finished size: 25in (64cm) square

Materials you will need

* cut these fabrics at home to save time.

* white or cream foundation fabric, 25in (64cm) square; all of this will be covered, calico is ideal so that you can trace through it.

* 3 background fabrics following sizes.

top fabric, 14 x 6in (36 x 15cm)

middle fabric, 22 x 9in (56 x 25cm)

lower fabric, 22 x 16in (56 x 42cm)

waterfall fabric, 22 x 18in (56 x 48cm)

dragonfly fabrics

wings, 16 x 7in (42 x 18cm)

body, 15 x 3in (38 x 8cm)

two different fabrics for the flowers, 12 x 15in (30 x 40cm) patch of each (or, if you’re omitting the inner lines, just one patch the same size)

* borders fabric print or plain, four 20 x 2½in (51 x 6.5cm) strips; if the fabric is strongly directional, check that the direction of the print goes the right way on each border. (Note that a fat quarter may not be quite large enough to give you these pieces.)

corner petals contrasting print or plain fabric, four 6in (15cm) squares

* backing and binding contrasting plain (or plain-ish) fabric, 27in (70cm) square

* flat wadding, 26in (68cm) square

  • 11yd (10m) fusible bias binding in gold, or any colour that contrasts well with your fabrics
  • sewing threads to match your bias binding and your backing/binding fabric
  • cheap bobbin-fill thread for zigzagging the patches in place initially
  • two medium round beads for the dragonfly’s eyes
  • stitch and tear to use behind the work if you are doing any machine satin stitch or similar

Optional: other hand or machine quilting threads, plus beads/buttons/jewels for decoration

 

Keeping things simple:

If you want to simplify this design, you can embroider/quilt the inner lines of the waterfall instead of using bias binding, and/or omit the lines inside the plants and the diagonal corner lines; if you do this, you will need less bias binding.

 

BUTTERFLY; Fabric requirements

 

A classic garden visitor flits across some gorgeous blossoms

Finished size: 25in (64cm) square

Materials you will need

* foundation fabric white or cream, 25in (64cm) square; all of this will be covered, calico is ideal so that you can trace through it.

* background fabric, 22in (56cm) square

butterfly wings four or five different fabrics 18in square of each (some of these will be bigger than needed, but it gives you the chance to see which looks best where!)

butterfly body, 8 x 2in (20 x 5cm)

leaves two different fabrics 12 x 9in (30 x 25cm) patch of each (or, if you’re omitting the inside lines, one 12 x 14in/30 x 36cm patch)

outside petals of the flowers, two fabrics 20 x 10in (50 x 25cm) of each (or, if you’re using just one fabric, one patch the same size)

insides of the flowers three different fabrics: one 8in (20cm) square for the tops, plus a 5in (13cm) square of the second and third fabrics for the inner petal details (or, if you’re using just one fabric inside the flowers, a single 18 x 10in/45 x 25cm patch)

* borders print or plain fabric, four 20 x 2½in (51 x 6.5cm) strips; if the fabric is strongly directional, check that the direction of the print goes the right way on each border. (Note that a fat quarter may not be quite large enough to give you these pieces.)

corner petals contrasting print or plain fabric, four 6in (15cm) squares

* backing and binding, contrasting plain (or plain-ish) fabric for the 27in (70cm) square

* flat wadding, 26in (68cm) square

12yd (11m) fusible bias binding in gold, or any colour that contrasts well with your fabric patches

  • sewing threads to match your bias binding and your backing/binding fabric
  • if you like, you can use cheap bobbin-fill thread for zigzagging the patches in place initially
  • hand or machine embroidery/quilting thread for creating the butterfly’s antennae
  • stitch and tear fabric to use behind the work if you are doing any machine satin stitch or similar

optional: other hand or machine quilting threads, plus beads/buttons/jewels for decoration

Keeping things simple:

If you want to simplify this design, you can omit some or all of the internal lines on the flowers and leaves, and/or the diagonal corner lines; if you do this, you will need less bias binding.