Ricky starts off the show by teaching you how to add extra dimension to your quilts with decorative stitches using an embroidery circle attachment. He also demonstrates free-motion couched yarn stitching, which does the quilting at the same time! Guest Jane LaFazio came to quilting with a graphic design degree and a passion for sketching and watercolor. She started stitching through paper and gradually made the transition to fabric. Jane shows you how to create your own cloth by adding surface designs to fabric using a stencil and acrylic ink. She then uses the same stencil as a template for stitching to add more texture and interest. Using Prefelt as a base (a partially-formed base material that is used for layering fabrics and designs), Jane adds bits of wool roving, sheer fabric, and ribbon creating a “sandwich” of elements that are felted together. Further embellishments include beads, sequins and whatever else comes to mind.
Jane uses a piece of coffee-dyed fabric, a pinecone stencil, some acrylic fabric paint, and some thread painting (from the back) to add texture to her creation.
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Jane shows how to machine needle felt from start to finish. She begins with a piece of Prefelt, adds wool roving, sheer fabric, and sari ribbons which she machine needle felts to create a sturdy piece of "new" fabric. She finishes it by adding hand stitching, variegated threads, and other embellishments.
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