Learn how to make fantastic fabric bowls by zigzagging coils of clothesline wrapped with scraps (or "real" fabric) in this full-day workshop. They're fast and fun, and they look spectacular!
You'll learn a quick way to slice bias fabric with your rotary cutter, how to wrap and glue the fabric in place, and how to stitch the fabric/clothesline coil. You'll experiment by making a small bowl. Over-achievers will be able to make more than one bowl as students will be able to work at their own pace throughout the day. Finish your bowl with a plain or crocheted rim.
Items preceded by an * can be purchased in class.
*Ami's new, PowerWrapper significantly speeds up the wrapping process.
*100-foot lengths of Ami-dyed cotton clothesline. Skip the wrapping part all together for a totally different look than fabric wrapping. (These go fast. I have held some in reserve especially for this class. They are not shown on my web page now. BUT, if you see one you want, buy it now for free hand delivery in class.)
*Plastic coated wire clips or clothes pins with springs. (I am researching something even better, so this may change.)
* Size 14 (90) needles. (Best for medium/heavyweight fabrics)
Pre-washed, (and ironed) 100% cotton fabric. Prints are great as they hide mistakes; large prints with lots of colors work well; coordinated pieces require only slightly more thought. Small bowls take about ¾ of a yard, 1 yard for larger bowls. Bring as much fabric as you care to haul.
Rotary cutter, 6" x 24" ruler, and large mat to cut fabric strips.
A sturdy sewing machine in good working order that ZIGZAGS. (No featherweights.) Please be sure you know how to work your machine. Bring ALL the feet you have. (I often use my Bernina #20 applique foot.) IMPORTANT: Some smaller, lighter weight sewing machines (such as the Jenome Jem) do not have the clearance to sew over 3/16" wrapped clothesline. Let me know if that is all you have and I may be able to bring narrower gauge clothesline. These are only available in shorter 50-foot lengths (smaller bowls).
Thread that compliments your fabric choices.
*Susan Brier's book, It's A Wrap is a wonderful resource should you wish to make other styles of fabric bowls. (I only bring a few copies, so either purchase one online now for free hand delivery, or email me if you want a copy before I come.
If you're coming to this class please email me and let me know! AmiSimms@aol.com