SATURDAY OCT. 27th, 2018: 9 AM to 12 PM AND 2 PM - 5 PM
FULL DAY CLASS
Thread-painting gives you the freedom to make a very
realistic image entirely with thread, and the only skill you need is confident
free-motion quilting! Starting with your
own good quality photo printed on fabric, we will explore ways to create the
color combinations and textures to transform it into a realistic 8 ½” x 11”thread painting. You’ll be amazed by what you can do!
*** A good-resolution
photo, which you send to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
at least one week before the
Kit Fees are paid directly to the teacher at the beginning of class!
As part of your kit fee of $40, I will:
review your photo, cropping if necessary to make
it a better image
print your photo on good-quality cotton,
approx.. 8 ½” x 11”
fuse it to batting and backing
print a full-size, color copy of your photo for
bring it to class
You will need to bring:
Sewing machine in good working order:
Thread-painting asks a lot of your sewing machine. If your machine is inclined to jam or break
needles or thread, it WILL do it during this workshop. I will help if I can do so
without taking time away from the rest of the class, but I am not a sewing
machine technician. Well before
class, please do yourself a favor and check:
Machine must have been cleaned and oiled
Must be able to drop feed dogs (test before you
Must have both straight-stitch and zag-zag
Must be able to go forward and reverse
Must have free-motion embroidery foot attached
(unlike a free-motion quilting foot, this one is open in front, so you can see
exactly where your needle will land! On
a Bernina, it is a #24 foot)
In case your machine needs a visit to the ‘sewing
machine spa’, please check this ahead of time.
Just about every time I teach this class, there is at least one machine that frustrates its person L. I will help if I can without taking time away
from other students, but I am not
a sewing machine technician.
50 weight thread, in colors of your photograph.
Look at your photo carefully. How many colors can you find in it?
Bring thread in each color you can see,
including light and dark shades.
For example, for a pink flower, bring thread in
as many shades of pink as you can see in the image, plus possibly lavender,
red, apricot or other neighboring colors.
The important thing is to look at your photo several
times before the class to see how much color you can see in it! Neighbors can share thread!
(Aurifil is great for this technique, but can be
pricey; Mettler or Metrosene
plain sewing thread also works just
I will bring some thread with me, which you are welcome to use in
addition to supplement the thread you
Size 14 and 16 Topstitch needles
Bobbins for your sewing machine, loaded with the
thread colors you are bringing.
Iron & ironing surface (shared)
Non-stick sheet (to protect iron) (shared)
About the Instructor:
Betsy Habich’s quilts have been juried into national and regional shows,
including International Quilt Association (IQA /Houston), American Quilters
Society (AQS/ Paducah), Machine Quilters Expo (MQX), and Quilters Gathering,
and her work has been awarded ribbons at regional quilt shows including the
Vermont Quilt Festival, The Gathering, and the Machine Quilters Expo (MQX). In addition, she has had several one-woman
shows at local shows, shops, and libraries. She is a self-confessed fabricaholic and cat
person, though she has also been known to play with dogs. She lives with her husband, cats, and fabric
in Beverly Farms, MA.