Needle & Thread Workshops

Interchange Applique with Gillian Travis - Sunday 5th November 2017

Regular price £75.00

Sunday 5th November 2017 10am - 4pm

A new and very effective way of making bonded applique quilted items based on taking a basic shape!

The design work is simple, the placing of the colours and patterns can be the key to making a successful piece of textile art that can be a cushion, wall hanging or set of tablemats!

Gillian Travis is an award-winning quilt maker who travels extensively, taking lots of photos which she then uses to inspire her colourful and visually cheerful works. She uses a wide variety of techniques with paint, print, felt and machine stitch combined with natural fabrics and contemporary quilt skills. 

On this workshop you will take a simple shape e.g. an apple, pear, pepper, pomegranate or a jug and by first working in paper and applying some simple principles of notan and counter change you will come up with a design that you can use for making your piece. You will start by doing some drawings/design work, you could take your drawings from Google, so remember your iPad if you have one, or carry out some observational drawings from an item you bring in, eg a mug, jug, piece of fruit, toy elephant (!) something that has a simple shape*. You don't need to be able to draw!! Gillian also has patterns that you can use!

You will use “batik” type fabric and transfer adhesive to learn some innovative appliqué techniques. 

On this workshop you will:
Learn design methods of notan and counter change
Produce paper designs that will be useful for future projects
- Learn new and innovative appliqué techniques
Make fabric samples
- Develop or learn free machine quilting techniques
- Start on a larger piece that will be required to be completed at home

You should bring along some batik or similar cotton weight fabrics (Batik is best as it is closely woven does not fray and is available in lovely bright colours). There will also be some available for you to use on the day. Drawing inspiration (see above*). Optional - a sketch book ( to stick in your design and sample work).

We will provide backing fabric, interfacing, bondaweb, 505 quilters basting spray, threads and all equipment.

We also spoil you with a delicious lunch, and serve you with copious amounts of Tea, coffee and Homemade delicious cake to keep you going! (all included).

"I have made many Pomegranate Quilts. They all started from images of Pomegranates that I photographed whilst travelling. Back at home, after making many quilts featuring the pomegranates I then went on to make quilts using a pear shape and then a jug".


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