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Dream Layers Workshop coming in March 2019

Stitched Dream Layers with theresa mARTin at Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria VA
Saturday, March 16, 2019
10:00 am – 3:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break
$70.00
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Former Dream Layers Student Work

Most Supplies Provided! Enjoy creating a hand stitched meditative collage as theresa shares the secrets behind her Quirky Embroidery artworks. Learn ways to use hand dyed fabrics (including doilies and textured fabrics) to assemble a background collage and simple embroidery stitches and “stitch meditation” style sewing to transform that layered base and a focal image into a fiber work of art. Students will be provided a choice from several images created by theresa mARTin, or if you have created your own digital collages and have an image you’d like to provide, you may email us to make arrangements. If you already know a lot of stitches, wonderful! If you don’t know how to embroider or sew, three simple hand stitches will be taught (basic sewing skills are all that’s needed to do the embroidery/sewing). Your registration fee includes a $10  kit fee, which includes your choice of digital collage art,  a variety of hand dyed fabrics, and trims, regular cotton embroidery threads in a wide range of colors and metallic Japanese threads in many colors.

Student Supplies: please bring a 6-inch diameter embroidery hoop and embroidery needles (Tulip Needles are available for purchase at Artistic Artifacts) with you to class. Optional supplies (no need to purchase if you don’t have): your own hand dyed fabrics, doilies and trims, Tentakulum and/or Wonderfil Specialty Threads and small beads, buttons, charms, etc. that can be sewed onto your mixed media piece. Visit Theresa’s blog to view her Quirky Embroideries for inspiration.

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Struggling with a Wolf

Wolf pattern

Struggling with a Wolf; the Evolution of a Pattern.

 

I have been struggling with a wolf. A wolf pattern, that is, for a Little Red Riding Hood Icon piece.  The first group of patterns I came up with were like the ones above. The plan is to do the beadwork on a loom. I worked and reworked the forms in an online bead pattern generator until I came up with the above, fairly decent image. It took a lot of work to get the bead width to 45 beads, which is daunting enough. It didn’t excite me enough, however, to make the commitment to all that beadwork.

Wolf Pattern

Super detail

I found another bead generator online called Patterns for you and came up with a much more detailed version that I like a lot. BUT it has 100 x 100 rows of beads (for 10,0000 beads), much too complex for my small bead loom!

NewWolfHeadWithAngle
I decided to go back to an earlier idea of having just the wolf’s head in an outlined square and it has kept all the detail, focuses more on the BIG TEETH and this is the one with which I’ll move forward. The evolution that came from the struggle was worth it, don’t you agree?

It’s still an ambitious pattern and in the end this will be a small portion of a 12″ x 12″ canvas that will include an embroidered Little Red Riding Hood figure. The bead count for the Big Bad Wolf will be 2116, which will keep me busy for a while.  I’ll show you progress as it happens.