Classes at Hip Stitch in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wed., January 31, 12noon-4pm (Session 1), and Wed., February 7, 12noon-4pm (Session 2)
In this two-part class, create your own "fabric" by bonding silk fibers (and other fibers & threads) with textile medium.
Then make a wallhanging that features your silk fusion, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece of art. It's easy! Your wallhanging
may look different than these samples if you want, depending on your color and fabric choices.
In the first session, you'll make a piece of Silk Fusion in your choice of colors, taking it home to dry.
Then in the second session, you'll incorporate your Silk Fusion into a wallhanging, choosing one of three styles:
(1) Silk fusion is fused on a background then quilted with decorative stitches and threads/yarns (no free motion!), or
(2) Thin silk fusion is fused to a background so it appears to float, with fabric prints "fussy cut" and fused, then quilted, or
(3) Stencils are used to cut shapes out of silk fusion that are then fused to a background and either quilted or put on canvas.
There's no need to bring a sewing machine to class! Debbie will demo a number of stitching and quilting techniques, including how to make a facing for your quilt - no binding needed! She will also show you how to wrap these wallhangings around a stretched artist canvas, making it unnecessary to stitch or quilt if you prefer. You're welcome to take photos of these demo's, but no video please. A detailed handout is included with instructions for all 3 wallhanging styles, so you can make each one. See more examples of this class on the Silk Fusion pages.
$60 class fee*, plus a $21 kit includes most materials and supplies plus a handout; students bring background fabric and fusible web, along with a few old towels/rags. (You can pay Debbie for the kit in class.)
Friday, February 9, from 12noon till 4pm (Feb.9 class is full)
-or- offered again on Wed., February 21, from 12noon till 4pm (spaces available on Feb. 21)
Learn to make these exquisite vessels by choosing a vase then bonding silk and other fibers to it using a special varnish.
Once dry, remove it from the vase and you have a beautiful Silk Fusion Vessel. Insert an electronic candle or fairy lights
for a soft glow that really highlights the silk fibers. You'll have fun playing with dozens of fibers and choosing your favorites to make a one-of-a-kind vessel! These fibers are incredibly soft yet so strong when bonded together. Add Angelina fiber, Firestar, yarns, threads or other embellishments for sparkle if you like (included in the kit fee). The varnish does not make the vessel shiny or overly stiff, just sturdy enough to hold its shape. It will still be soft and textured and oh, so touchable. There's nothing else quite like it! Debbie will also demonstrate how to bond silk fibers to a glass vase permanently, as pictured on the bottom of the first Silk Fusion Vessels page. A detailed handout is included, so you can easily make more vessels at home. They make great gifts! See more examples of this class on the Silk Fusion Vessels pages.
$40 class fee*, plus a $25 kit includes all materials and supplies, including your choice of electronic candle or fairy lights, plus a handout. (You can pay Debbie for the kit in class.) Students only bring a few old towels/rags to class. You're welcome to choose from Debbie's many vases and bowls, then pick up your Silk Fusion Vessel at the shop a few days later when it's dry - OR - you can bring your own vase up to 9" tall and an empty wine bottle (or olive oil bottle) to place your upside-down vase on, and a box for carrying the wet upside-down vase home.
*Pre-registration is required, so Debbie has time to prepare and order supplies for everyone.
Samples are on display at Hip Stitch, 2320 Wisconsin St. NE, Albuquerque, 87110.
Please contact the shop with registration questions at 505-821-2739,
or contact Debbie with questions about the class at 505-362-2675 or email email@example.com.