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Workshop - Slow Stitch By Fern Royce copy
Slow Stitch by Fern Royce
Workshop - Saturday, February 1st (12-4pm)
Hand quilting is hand quilting, including the current “big stitch” style. One hundred years ago these stitches would have insured your position as a permanent needle threader, now it is considered a design element.
Stitching with bigger stitches and thicker thread is a wonderful alternative and/or in combination with machine quilting. Studies have proven that repetitive movements like handstitching can also reduce your stress level. Come spend a few hours learning this technique and add it to your tool kit.
Besides learning and practicing the basic rocking motion for handquilting, we will discuss threads, needles, hoops, pinning, basting, marking techniques, thimbles and more. I will share my tips, advice and show you my process with lots of opportunity for you to explore what supplies and techniques work for you.
Slow Stitch Supply List:
Bring a project you want to work on and/or a small quilt sandwich. I recommend making a sandwich no larger than 20”x 20” for your first attempt. Your sandwich does not need to be pinned or basted as you can do that in class after we discuss the pros/cons of both methods. If you prefer spray basting your projects, feel free to bring one that is already spray basted. However, I have not used that method and can’t speak to how well it works for handquilting.
Bring needles, thread, thimbles and a hoop if you have those.
If you are completely new to handquilting, I recommend that you do not buy lots of supplies before class. I will have needles, thimbles and hoops for you to test drive.
My personal thread preference is any pearl cotton #5 or #12. I love both Aurifil and Wonderfil Spagetti (#12 wt). My needle preference is John James crewel needle #24.