Maximum: 20 students
Intermediate to Advanced
Recommended Format: 2 day workshop
Explore the possibilities offered by complex textiles while demystifying the nature of symmetry. Learn to draft perfect angles and create a unique kaleidoscope block. Gain understanding about how to identify and join dissimilar angles, a skill that empowers you to sew any patch or oddly fractured seam to any other. This technique allows you to piece together any randomly divided block or untraditional lay-out. This product and process class culminates in the creation of unique and fabulous kaleidoscope blocks. Often effects more wonderful than you imagine occur, making you both the one who makes the magic and the one who is surprised.
Why take a 2-day workshop? In a longer format, the instructor doesn’t need to oversimplify. Time is provided for both process and product and for setbacks -- which often turn out to be the take-aways, the lessons that occur when a misstep needs to be fixed. Skills get cemented and integrated, making the processes richer and layered. Consider time and space to create among like-minded peers a rare gift to be much appreciated. In the classroom context, seeing what others make is almost as good as making it yourself.
Guild program chairperson can inquire about a kit for each student including graph paper, template plastic package, ruler, and marking pen set for templates and fabric; $12 more if kit includes one yard of bilaterally symmetrical fabric (student will have choice between 3 or more colorways).
|1. Graph paper with an eight-to-the-inch grid and a bold inch line; one sheet per student will be provided by instructor.|
|*2. Sheets of see-thru plastic template material with an eight-to-the-inch grid and a bold inch line. PREFERRED AND AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN CLASS : Visi-Grid (C&T Publisher)|
3. Thin rulers (PREFERRED AND AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN CLASS: C-Thru 6")
4. Sharp pencils with ample and accessible erasers
|*5. Extra fine-point permanent marker. (PREFERRED AND AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN CLASS: Multimark S/Faber Castell in a 3 pen set)|
|*6. Method to mark dark fabric. *PREFERRED AND AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN CLASS: Uniball Silver Gel Pen)|
|6. Fabric scissor|
|7. Template/paper scissors: A template scissor should not be the discarded kitchen shears or shaped for a five-year-old's hand. It is the essential, indispensible tool from which all other acts follow. I use OlfasCS-1 multipurpose scissors.|
|8. Set-up for rotary cutting, including a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. OPTIONAL: Small rotary cutter and Brooklyn Revolver (cutting mat mounted on a lazy susan)|
|9. Sewing machine with well-defined quarter-inch seam allowance guide + single hole throat plate|
|10. General sewing supplies including fine pins and black thread|
|11. Ziplock baggies to hold templates