THE POWER OF QUILTING
Inventions with Fabric
An introduction to English Paper Piecing
All necessary materials and fabrics will be provided.
xpected to be in February 2024
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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced stitcher, this workshop is for everyone. I will guide you through the basic techniques to successfully master English Paper Piecing. In a small group, we have enough time to practice the newly learned in a relaxed atmosphere.
English Paper Piecing is a traditional patchwork and quilting technique that dates back to the 1770s. The most famous shape of the paper template is the hexagon, which can not be sewn using a sewing machine. However, free shapes can also be cut. The paper is used to give stability to the piece of fabric. The individual pieces are then sewn together by hand, similar to the Korean bojagi. Unique fabric designs are created in this way. The paper pieces are removed after sewing together and can be reused.
The fascinating background of Patchwork Quilt is one of countless stories about life experiences and necessities, living in community, traditions and individual innovations. They are an expression of art, craftivism or traditionally a product of high technical skill and deliberate improvisation.
In this three-hour workshop, you will learn how to efficiently cut hexagonal paper templates, how to attach the fabric pieces to the paper by sewing, not gluing, and how to hand sew them together. You will receive expert tips on handling needles, thread, and using the thimble. I will demonstrate techniques for deriving a design for a large fabric piece from the many individual components, explore alternatives to the classic hexagon shape, and show you how to apply your own designs.
By the end of the hand-sewing-workshop, you will have a good understanding of the possibilities this centuries-old sewing tradition offers and will be prepared to apply and expand upon what you have learned for your own projects.
The workshops are a great foundation for further participation in the Quilting Bee, where you can share and expand your experience with a small group of textile enthusiasts.