Learn how to recreate your original photos as pieces of fiber art. You’ll use two different techniques wholecloth painting and fused raw-edge applique for constructing up to four pieces based on your photographs, and then learn how to add detail with thread sketching. Experience: All levels; some experience with free-motion quilting necessary.
In the five days of class, you’ll learn how to:
- distill a photographic image into shapes for fused applique
- create a pattern for fused applique
- transfer a design to fabric for painting
- paint on fabric, including mixing and blending colors
- layer and fuse fabric pieces to build your piece
- add detail with thread sketching
- free-motion quilt your piece
Note: This class will not cover portraits of people. You will be working from your own original photographs, and before class, you can consult with Susan about the photos you wish to use, to make sure they will work for this class (see supply list for details).
Susan Brubaker Knapp is a fiber artist, quilt pattern designer, and quilting teacher who lives near Charlotte, NC. She loves traditional hand quilting and needleturn appliqué, but embraces innovative machine techniques in her art quilts. Her work has won national as well as local awards, and has been exhibited at national and international venues. She loves teaching students how to find “the artist within.” Susan is the author of Point, Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art (C&T Publishing, 2011) and Appliqué Petal Party (C&T Publishing, 2009). Her work has been featured in several national magazines, and in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Quilting Arts Calendars. She has produced two DVDs with Quilting Arts, “Master Machine Quilting: Free-Motion Stitching and Thread Sketching” (2009) and “Master Machine Stitching: Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics” (2010). Her series of six articles on thread sketching ran in Quilting Arts magazine throughout 2010, and she has also appeared in five Quilting Arts TV segments.