Hot Needles, Cool Stitches
with Dale Rollerson

This course is no longer being offered on line, but is now available as six downloadable pdf files.

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Class Description
This on-line workshop is all about taking your embellisher further and exploring hand and machine stitch and a little mixed media.
Many of the activities covered in this workshop are new and not seen anywhere else.

Lesson 1
A Flimsie Start.

Lesson 2
Layers and Layers

Lesson 3
Take Two Shadz

Lesson 4
Complex Cloth Creation

Lesson 5
Stuffed

Lesson 6
Last Tasks

Requirements for the on-line workshop
There really aren’t any serious requirements – I would imagine you have plenty of stuff in your baskets which you will be able to use. But here are some suggestions -

Lesson 1 is all about prefelts so you will need:

  • Fine wool fibres (also known as rovings) for making prefelts (I personally like fine merino) or you could use
  • Slushies (a mix of 15micron wool and mulberry silk) or you could use a ready made prefelt which we call
  • Flimsies (very fine merino wool batting hand dyed)
These are other things you might like to consider which I am sure you will have somewhere:
  • Fibres – other interesting fibres such as silk noils, silk hankies, throwsters etc
  • Yarn – a selection of textured and novelty yarns and keep your off cuts of any threads for texture
  • Hand threads – a variety of different types and thicknesses
  • Sheers – polyester, silk (especially embroidered or patterned), chiffon scarves, gauze, scrim, muslin. (cheesecloth type fabrics not homespun)
  • A small selection of fabrics including synthetic velvet, lace, exotic fabric scraps, sari ribbon, silk scraps etc
  • Kunin felt (one which will burn easily)
  • Fusible webbing (Gossamer Fuse, Bondaweb, Vliesofix, WonderUnder), Hot Spots
  • Baking Parchment for ironing
  • Metallic Foils (also known as Transfer Foils)
  • Water soluble fabric plastic type (I use Romeo) and Solusheet (the Vilene one)
  • Knitting needles and hand stitching needles
  • A small selection of scraps including previously knitted pieces, machine stitched pieces, hand stitched pieces etc
  • Something which will Image Transfer – I use TAP or other simple methods which are in the workshop
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. It helps with making decisions even though I know that people wander from colour to colour. Choose what you like when starting a new thing – go for a challenge later.

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.

I haven’t added any mixed media items to this list but you may want to use some paint at some point. Optional. But you might also like to try:

  • Something which will Image Transfer – I use TAP or other simple methods which are in the workshop
  • Stencils (buy or make your own)
Also you will need the following:
  • Your embellisher
  • Sewing machine (including needles and threads)
  • Heat gun
  • Soldering iron
And please remember that I will be sure to mention other things because that is the way I work so be prepared for that.