Debora Konchinsky
Breinigsville, Pennsylvania

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.

Felted Applique Dragonfly in Wool, Half Day
Thursday, 10/2/2014 - 10/2/2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In this class, you will learn to make one felted appliqué dragonfly complete with Angelina (a sparkly fiber) enhanced wings with embroidery threads. The technique is called needle felting - pushing wool fibers into wool applique and a wool background with a needle felting tool. To further embellish this block, the wings will be hand stitched where the veins are and the bodies will be lightly beaded and flowers will be felted using wool yarn for stems and fibers for petals. We will be creating the beginnings of a quilt as shown in the photo, or this block could become a pocket on a bag. 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. All levels. Materials List: Kit fee $25 payable to instructor. Kit includes: One baggie of roving with several colors and different values and textures. Your choice ... they are all different. NOTE: Please come to the Critter Pattern Works booth before class to choose your kit. This saves time in class so we can start felting right away. A baggie of Angelina. One 10” square of hand dyed wool fabric for the background; your choice from many pieces. One hand dyed wool fabric for border; each one will be different because they are hand made. One piece of wool for the appliqué. Pattern complete with photo and instructions. Supplies participants should bring: Scissors, small to cut out a wool appliqué. Felting tool - bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with 3 needles) available at Critter Pattern Works booth before class or in class, $14.50. A piece of upholstery foam (available at CPW booth, $4) to felt into. Replacement needles, optional (5 for $7.50, available in class). Embroidery threads, pearl cotton size #8 or floss in neutral colors. Needles for embroidery, size 5 is good. A tube of small beads in assorted shapes in your favorite mixed color (shades of green or blue, etc.) for the body of the dragonfly. Needle and thread for these beads. Bring a small lid or bowl to keep loose beads under control.
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A New Flock of Sheep, Half Day
Friday, 10/3/2014 - 10/3/2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn to 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 some 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: Supplies Participants Should Bring: Scissors, small to cut out appliqués. Felting tool - bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with three needles). 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 (5 for $7.50, available in class). 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 or grays for tree trunks, and colors for flowers. This is not essential, so don’t bring a lot. The focus of the class is felting the sheep. Needle for embroidery. Class kit, $25 payable to instructor, includes “A New Flock of Sheep” pattern (value $14.95); Two baggies of wool rovings (value $6.00) in different colors for sheep and backgrounds and textures. Your choice, they are all different. Four or more pieces of wool fabrics felted together in a 12” x 12” square for backgrounds and scraps for appliqués (value $16.00) your choice, they are all different. (Having these fabrics sewn saves you from lugging your sewing machine to class to work on something you already know how to do.) Seed beads for sheep eyes. NOTE: Please come to the Critter Pattern Works booth before class to choose your kit. This saves time in class so we can start felting right away.
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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers