Debora earned a B.F.A. in Fabric Design from Phila. College of Art. She has won a Viewers Choice award for each of her felted appliqué quilts, Crazy Sheep and Sheep Wannabees, many blue ribbons for both quilts and a judges choice for Sheep Wannabees, too. Visit www.critterpat.com.
New Flock of Sheep, Half Day
Thursday, 2/27/2014 - 2/27/2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn how to felt appliqués by pushing wool fibers into wool appliqués fused to wool backgrounds with a needle felting tool. Complete your sheep with 3-D ears and tails, textures and sculptural faces. It is an easy trick to draw the details, even if you have no prior experience. We will set aside time to discuss how simple hand embroidery adds so much to the appeal of this quilt. The great advantage to this new technique, Felted Appliqué, is its portability as no machine is required. All levels.
Materials List: Kit, $25 ($42 value) payable to instructor, includes A New Flock of Sheep Pattern, 2 baggies of wool rovings in different colors for sheep and backgrounds and textures - your choice, they are all different. 4 or more pieces of wool fabrics pre-sewn together in a 12” x 12” square for backgrounds and scraps for appliqués - your choice, they are all different. Seed beads for sheeps’ eyes. Participants should bring: 1/2 sheet Steam-A-Seam Lite (9” x 6”). Small scissors to cut out appliqués. Felting tool - bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with 3 needles) - also available at Critter Pattern Works booth before class, $14.50. A piece of upholstery foam (available at CPW booth) to felt into. Replacement needles, optional , available in class 5 for $7.50. Pins to pin the appliqués to cut them out. Embroidery threads, pearl cotton size #5 or 8 or floss in colors like medium gray, greens for plants, browns for tree trunks and colors for flowers. These are not essential so don’t bring a lot - the focus of class is felting the sheep. Needle for embroidery.
VA050 ***CLOSED*** $35.00
Click here to view Photo 1
Click here to view Photo 2
Click here to view Photo 3
Exploring Felting Using Hand Dyed Fabrics, Fibers & Threads, Half Day
Friday, 2/28/2014 - 2/28/2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
I love working with hand dyed wool fibers and fabrics and pearl cotton threads. In this class, I will discuss how I came to hand dyeing and will share with you my techniques and sources. It is not hard but it takes some experimentation to get the results you want. I design my hand dyed fabrics to look like a scene, and they are not hand painted. In the class, you will learn to how to create trees and plants with embroidery threads and hand needle felting (pushing wool fibers into wool backgrounds with a needle felting tool) making 3-D elements that dangle off your background block like leaves and berries on some of my hand dyed fabrics. We will be creating the beginnings of a quilt, or blocks you can add to work in progress if you are working on one of my felted appliqué sheep patterns. Simple hand embroidery adds so much to the appeal to a felted wool quilt. The great advantage to this new felting technique is its portability, as no machine is required. It is easy to learn how to do it. Check out my class page for “Felting with Hand Dyeds” to see new photo examples as they develop: www.critterpat.com. All levels.
Materials List: $20.00 class kit includes: Three baggies of wool rovings in assorted colors with different values and textures. Your choice, they are all different. Two different hand dyed wool fabrics to be used as borders or part of a felted quilt. Again, all will be different because they are hand made. Some hand dyed pearl cotton threads to play with. I want you to compare the hand dyes to the flat colors of commercially dyed threads. Supplies participants should bring: Scissors, small to cut out appliqués like leaves that your create with felting. Felting tool - bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with three needles) $14.50, available at Critter Pattern Works booth before class or in class. A piece of upholstery foam (available at CPW booth for $4) to felt into. Replacement needles optional (5 for $7.50) available in class. Embroidery threads, pearl cotton size #8 or floss in colors like medium gray, greens for plants, browns for tree trunks, and colors for flowers. Needles for embroidery, size 5 is good.
VA051 ***CLOSED*** $35.00