Join Nanette Zeller on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 to 1:00 pm for Thread Painting Basics class.
Nanette S. Zeller is an author, instructor and award-winning artist whose artwork and writings have been published internationally. She earned a master’s degree in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. In 2005, she began combining her skills to create innovative mixed-media textile art (generically referred to as art quilts) where she found her artistic voice in nature-inspired themes. Her work is heavily embellished with thread work to create beautiful textures. Her artwork has been displayed in both solo and group shows at local and nationally recognized exhibits. In addition to numerous exhibit awards, Nanette is a two-time award recipient of the Regional Artist Grant Project offered through the Arts Council of Fayetteville, NC.
Thread painting can be described at as free-motion embroidery. In this class, students will learn the basic techniques needed to color with thread using a sewing machine. In a hands-on process, students will use fabrics, stabilizers, threads and other tools to create thread-painted designs.
Pre-requisite: Students must be familiar with the basic functions of a sewing machine. For example: sew a straight line, wind a bobbin, thread the machine, change the needle, adjust stitches, etc.
Please bring these supplies:
- Sewing machine in good working order, including the pedal and power cord, and that you are familiar using.
- User's manual is helpful. Please review your manual before class to learn how to lower your machine's feed-dogs.
- Free-motion, darning, or embroidery foot (Choose a brand recommended for your machine)
- Extra bobbins (at least 2)
- Small, sharp fabric scissors
- Small, sharp fabric snips (optional), for cutting thread and sharp corners
- Paper scissors
- Pencil with a sharp point
- Basic sewing supplies; pins, seam rippers, etc.
Optional Supplies Not required but helpful. Please bring if you have them:
- Free-motion quilting gloves (e.g., Machingers or Grabaroos)
- Extension table for your sewing machine
- Straight-stitch sewing machine needle plate
- Machine- or hand- embroidery hoop (one with sides 3/4" or less & at least 10" diameter) or "Quilt Halo" by Sharon Schamber
- Over-stuffed chair cushion, for comfort and height while sewing
- Task light, for better vision while sewing
- Paper and pen, for notes
You can purchase a class kit from Nanette for $20 when you register online or you can bring your own supplies necessary for this project. Select your choice from the drop-down menu.
If you choose to not purchase the Class Kit, in addition to the supplies listed above, please bring the following with you:
- 4” x 4” square, for flower center
- 6” x 6” square, for small contrasting petals (center petals)
- 8” x 8” square, for large petals (outer petals)
- 8” x 8” square, for leaves and stem
- 5” x 5” square, for leaf veins
- 10” x 10” square scrap fabric, for practice and checking tension
- 12” x 14” rectangle, for background
- 8 1/2” x 11” paper backed fusible web (I prefer Pellon Wonder Under)
- One 12” x 14” rectangle, plus one 10” x 10” square non-woven fusible stabilizer (I prefer Pellon #809 Décor-Bond, if you use non-fusible bring safety pins to secure)
- Cotton Thread - choose good quality, 40 or 50 weight threads (I use Aurifil):
- 1 coordinating color to match each of the flower fabrics (flower center, 2 petal fabrics and 2 leaf fabrics)
- Neutral (tan, beige, or grey), for bobbin
- Navy or black, for outlining (optional)
- Size 80/12 sewing machine needles (I prefer topstitch needles because of the large eyes)
At ARTworks Vass, we encourage you to bring your artful heart along with nibbles and sips to make your experience even more joyful.