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Show 1605 - Contemporary Stitching Artistry

Featuring: Barbara Shapel

Posts On: March 2, 2015


Alex opens this stimulating show with tips for quilting on Dupioni silk. This gorgeous fabric requires additional TLC, but the results can be stunning! Contemporary Fiber Artist Barbara Shapel then joins the show, to share her quilting odyssey. She too uses silk, spending as much time on piecing as she does on threadwork. Barbara works with themes of motherhood, nature and words, and her work reflects all of these elements.  She will share how she approaches her work, and will offer tips to improve your quilting and threadwork. She demonstrates a dense, free-motion stitch she calls “Herky Jerky,” which blends thread colors. While she discusses keeping your quilt stable and keeping your shoulders healthy, Ricky will show how Barbara creates an invisible sleeve, which she uses on her numerous two-sided quilts. To round out the show, Barbara discusses how her family’s stamp collection is like a miniature art gallery!

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From Chapter One

Alex teaches about working with Dupioni Silk along with lessons from Libby

Sara Vedeler   show 904

Ami Simms   show 712

Libby Lehman   show 112  &  513

Floriani dream weave

Floriani stitch and wash

From Chapter Two

Contemporary artist Barbara Shapel discusses her odyssey and shares her spectacular two sided her quilts

To watch Barbara’s field piece go here

From Chapter Three

Barbara teaches numerous “secrets” behind her two sided quilts

Maderia invisible  thread #006

Bottom Line thread

From Chapter Four

Barbara continues teaching including her free motion quilting called Herky Jerky and invisible sleeves

To order Barbara’s DVD go here

To order Barbara’s book go here

Hemingworth thread


#1 Muffet 2016-03-20 18:08
Barbara's artistry is amazing, more so than her math! 0.006 thread is not finer than 0.004, but larger by 50%.

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