Friday, January 14, 2011

Creative Textiles Workshop at Galway Technical Institute

I was delighted to be invited to work with students at the Galway Technical Institute on Friday 14th January, to demonstrate a variety of free-machine embroidery and quilting techniques.

Free-machine embroidery into soluble fabric. Circles of red stitches were formed into a lacy heart shape. Another student sample was curled into a cone shape. By leaving some of the 'glue' in the finished sample and forming it into a 3D shape while wet, it dries hard and holds its shape providing interesting design opportunities.

Here a student trapped some snippets of sheer fabrics between 2 layers of soluble film in an embroidery hoop and stitched over them in circular patterns.

A student traps snippets of various fabrics under sheer fabric. A layer of pelmet (heavy weight) vilene is used as a background. Free-machine embroidery holds the layers together. The finished sample can be cut and shaped into collars, cuffs, bags, etc. These can be further embellished with decorative stitching, beading etc.
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