Embellish Stitch and Enrich
by Dale Rollerson

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Course Description
The embellishment machine is a wonderful addition to one's array of other textile equipment; the sewing machine, heat gun, soldering iron and so on. The name implies embellishment and needlefelting but used in conjunction with your sewing machine and hand stitching, there are so many other things you can do with it. You will soon find yourself wondering what you did before you had one.
Obviously you will need a needlefelting/embellishing machine or attachment, a sewing machine and hand sewing needles plus an awful lot of other stuff you already have in your stash of goodies.

Lesson 1:
First Things First - lots of sampling with fibres, yarns and fabrics to see what works for you.

Lesson 2:
Scrumptious Surfaces - all about backgrounds created on the embellisher and build on the surfaces with hand and machine stitch.

Lesson 3:
The Woven Surface - cutting and weaving and putting it all together again

Lesson 4:
Creating Cloth from stitch and surface and a little knitting.

Lesson 5:
Bonding and Burning - how can you do a workshop without fusing and distressing.

Lesson 6:
The Finale - some quick drawings, some design and execute maybe an amulet, a magic carpet, a vessel or wherever your imagination takes you.

 

Suggested requirements for the workshop - to give you an idea.
  • Acrylic felt
  • Kunin felt (one which will burn easily)
  • Wool fibres (also known as rovings)
  • I also use Slushies (a mix of 15micron wool and mulberry silk)
  • & I also use Flimsies (very fine merino wool batting hand dyed)
  • Fibres - other interesting fibres you may have
  • Yarn - a selection of textured and novelty yarns
  • Hand threads - a variety of different types
  • Sheers - polyester, silk (especially embroidered or patterned), chiffon scarves, gauze, scrim, muslin. (cheesecloth type fabrics not homespun)
  • A small amount of synthetic velvet, lace, exotic fabric scraps etc
  • Cotton velvet (optional)
  • Fusible webbing (Gossamer Fuse, Bondaweb, Vliesofix, WonderUnder)
  • Baking Parchment for ironing
  • Metallic Foils (also known as Transfer Foils)
  • Water soluble fabric (I use Romeo)
  • Knitting needles and hand stitching needles
  • A small selection of scraps including previously knitted pieces, machine stitched pieces, hand stitched pieces etc
  • Ephemera (this is the stuff you have collected)

When you select your fabrics and threads and fibres, it is a good idea to have a limited colour scheme in mind. For example reds, pinks, oranges with a few of the complementary greens to add a bit of zest but the choice is yours.

You will see from the list that it could be endless - don't panic if you haven't got some things - look at what you have first.

You may want to use some paint at some point. Optional.

Also you will need the following:

  • Your embellisher
  • Sewing machine (including needles and threads)
  • Heat gun
  • Soldering iron

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