Manipulating Layered Cloth - Part 2
Date: Sunday, June, 26 2022
Instructor: Elizabeth Neily
Fee: $55 includes $15 IRB Art Center fee
Limited to 12 participants
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (I could start earlier at 9:00 a.m. for new participants or for those wanting a little extra help before the rest of the class arrives.)
Welcome back to Manipulating Layered Cloth! We had so much fun in the first session that we decided to get together again to continue exploring our designs. In Manipulating Layered Cloth - In Part 1, participants learned several techniques using both a sewing machine and hand stitching. In Part 2, you will learn how to plan a design using layers of cloth to create interesting textures and to add layers to create 3-D effects.
NOTE: If you did not take Part 1, you can still participate as I will review the techniques once the rest of the group settles into planning their piece.
Variety of threads for sewing and embroidery, selection of hand-sewing needles, sewing machine, extension cord, small and medium very sharp scissors, rotary cutter and mat, seam ripper, cutting board, pins, sewing clips, washable fabric markers or tailor’s chalk, drawing/colored pencils, a few pieces of letter-sized paper, notebook and ruler.
We could use a few irons and ironing boards/mats and cutting mats to share.
Fabric: Bring at least 6 colors of 100% cotton fat quarters for layering and a few extra pieces for manipulating. Having colorful scraps on hand can help develop additional designs.
Choose colors that will contrast nicely with each other as you cut down through the layers. They can be solids, small prints, and batiks. Remember that when cutting and folding back printed fabric, the wrong-side color might look faded.
To save time in class, precut 4 layers of fabric into 2”x1” rectangles for the “bookstacks” technique. You will need at least 25 of these stacks.
Adding a layer of cheesecloth makes for better faux chenille. You might choose to dye some before the workshop or to just leave some white.
Bring a photo of a simple landscape or seascape for reference.
About Elizabeth Neilly: Elizabeth has been making art-to-wear clothing and accessories since settling in Florida in the early 1980s. She developed an interest in designing period clothing and received an individual artist grant from the Pinellas County Arts Council to further her work in that field. She went on to create original designs for National Park Service interpreters. Furthermore, she has worked with museums, libraries, and parks throughout Florida as a living history presenter, telling stories and giving workshops about 16th Century Spanish clothing and crafts. She was awarded a Florida Humanities mini-grant to offer lectures and workshops, entitled Fabrics of Change, during Florida’s Quintessential Celebration in 2013. Also in 2013, Elizabeth joined a friend in opening Fab Fiber in Gulfport, where she taught traditional fiber arts, including spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, and sewing until its closing in March 2020. Elizabeth offers private lessons to individuals and groups. She now works out of her studio in Gulfport, Florida. She exhibits her work at Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild shows, Florida CraftArt, and Brenda McMahan Gallery in Gulfport.
Carla Kaufman was having fun making “bubbles” during Part 1