|Requirements: ||Material Memories ? Part 1 Preparing Your Design
1. A great close up photo of your favorite pet ? preferably taken with your phone at a
resolution of at least 300dpi, cropped to eliminate too much background and converted
to a black and white or grayscale image. You can then enlarge this image by uploading
to blockposters.com to an approximate size of 18 inches X 18 inches (give or take a few
inches) or 2 pages wide (which means you will have 4 pieces of paper to print out).
If you chose #1 option above, you will need to trim the excess margins (rotary cutter, ruler and
mat needed) off your printed image sections and use scotch tape to attach the 4 pages to make
one page and a complete image. This can be done in class but please bring the supplies needed
as well as the printed out 4 page image sections.
2. Bring your photo to an office supply store such as Staples and they can do this for you. If
you tell them the final desired size, they should be able to convert it for you at the
appropriate proportions and print it as one complete image in black and white.
If you are unsure what will make a great photo, email and attach your photo several days prior
to class and I will help walk you through this process. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ultra fine black Sharpie marker
Light box (if you have a portable one) ? optional but, helpful
Pellon Paperbacked fusible web
? yard Bleached or Unbleached muslin ? If your pet has a considerable amount of white in
them, use the bleached muslin to prevent shadowing or distortion of color. Otherwise the
unbleached will work well.
A word about your pet photos ...Since this method will be utilizing a dense amount of thread
painting, consider cropping your photo to just a bit beyond a head shot and allow the body to
extend off the edge to help ground the photo (which helps prevent the illusion of a pet floating
in midair). If you desire more detail, I wholeheartedly encourage your creative endeavors.
Please realize though, that adequate classroom time may not produce a finished product
depending on the amount of detail you choose to tackle.
Choosing a background ... We will have time in class during the first session to discuss possible
options and methods of preparing the background. You may want to wait and prepare your
quilted background for homework before returning to class for session 2. If you desire a pieced
background, I recommend you prepare that before class. I find the simpler the background, the
more effective it will be in showcasing your pet. Remember, the higher the contrast, the better
the result. If your pet is light in color, your background should be much darker in contrast and
visa versa. Solids or textured fabrics which read as solid are best. Once you have chosen a
background fabric, add batting and a backing fabric and quilt as desired to make a pre-quilted
sandwich block large enough to accommodate your pet design. We will be applying your design
via thread painting to this prepared background pre-quilted sandwich. Three dimensional
elements may also be added such as a collar, toy, hair bow etc. to help capture your pet?s
unique personality and bring your piece to life.
I recommend using a low loft cotton or low loft poly-cotton blend batting. I also recommend
that your backing fabric be busy and blend well with possible thread colors used in your pet?s
thread painted coat of fur. This will help hide unbalanced tension issues on the back.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, please email me at email@example.com
Patty Sawyer, Instructor
694 Hancock Pond Road, Sebago, ME 04029
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Material Memories ? Part 2 Fusing and Thread Painting
We will be working with value to accomplish your design. Therefore, whatever the color(s) of
your pet, you will be working in 3 to 5 values of each color. For instance, if your pet is mostly
brown and white, choose 3 to 5 values from light to dark of brown fabrics and a white fabric.
Remember that some subtle color changes can also be accomplished through the thread
painting. If you are including a red toy in your design, you will also need 3-5 values of red. If you
are including a bow or collar, consider using a real three-dimensional item rather than fusing
this design element. (See photos of class samples)
Fabrics do not have to be all solids. Fabric pattern designs should remain small in scale and will
help add texture and interest. Bring a large variety to audition, fat quarters of each should be
more than enough.
Also bring enough coordinating background fabric for the binding, if desired. We will cover quilt
finishing techniques at the end of class.
Bring a variety of thread colors and values which match your pet. Variegated threads work well
to help bend colors and bring depth to the piece. I recommend using high quality brand thread
such as Superior or Aurafil in cotton or polyester as well as poly-wrapped cottons. Silk thread is
also a good choice. I recommend you stir clear of nylon or rayon threads for this process as they
are weaker and have a low heat tolerance. I recommend a #60 weight thread for the bobbin
such as The Bottom Line by Superior. It is a strong thin thread which will work well with a
variety of different top threads and will help reduce thread breakage. It also will reduce
constantly filling bobbins and will reduce an excess of fiber build up in your machine. I typically
only use two different bobbin thread colors, a lighter neutral one when working in values 1-3
and a darker neutral one when working in values of 4 or 5. This also saves time in constant
bobbin changes. I quite often use The Bottom Line thread as the top thread as well.
Sewing machine in good working order and which allows you to drop or disengage the feed
A free-motion foot, also known as a darning foot
Needles ? either Microtex or topstitch in a variety of sizes to accommodate different thread
weights. 80/12 is a good thread painting starting size to keep needle holes small and your
Basic sewing notions, scissors, pins, seam ripper, etc.
Quilting gloves or quilting frame to help reduce hand strain
Teflon Sewing sheet (recommended, but optional)
Teflon Fusing Sheet
Ultra fine sharpies can be your friend to help hide or enhance areas throughout your design
Small Iron and ironing mat
Paper cutting scissors and fabric cutting scissors