Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Embellishments Class

Priscilla Kibbee was back at the studio today to teach her Embellishments class. Nine of us from the RAFA (Rochester Area Fiber Artists) Group came with fabric and sewing machines to learn several techniques from Priscilla.

We started the day making Seminole strips and embellishing them with gold metallic thread.

Priscilla demonstrated using pleater boards to create mock seminole strips and mock prairie points, as well as adding strips to pleated fabric to make new patterns.

This is the back of Priscilla's coat that she made and wore at the Houston International Quilt Show. It's batik fabric that has been scrunched, quilted, and embellished with ribbons and cording.

The cuffs of the coat are embellished with yarns and ribbons that have been wound on a hairpin lace loom. We all got to try the techinque -- lot of fun!
We also made "mystery fabric" by cutting 2" squares, sewing them to a foundation, cutting them into strips and reasembling/resewing them. We cut into the piece and resewed it at least 3 times or until we had a pattern we liked.

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