Sue's Big Stitch Class requirements

Big Stitch Hand Quilting

Class requirements

Needles - hand sewing needles.  Embroidery size 3 - 9.  You might require size 1 if you have a very think thread that you want to try.

Threads - Bring a selection of - perle cottons 8 & 12, coton a broder 8 & 12, fine crochet cottons, sashiko cotton.  The shop stocks a beautiful selection but do bring along anything you would like to try.  n.b. Stranded cotton is not so good to use as it can easily end up loopy.

Thimble - Thicker threads are harder to pull through and your fingers need protection.

Marking - Your favourite marking tool.  Chalk, pencil, vanishing pen, tape - whatever you like to use.

Tea spoon - one that you don't mind getting scratched (so not the best family silver!)  Why do I need a tea spoon you might ask?  All will be revealed in class.

Frame or Hoop - If you only have small pieces this might not be necessary, however you will get a better quality stitch if you do use one.

Fabric to quilt on - Bring several pieces for practice. The following are possibilities:-

1.  A plain fabric piece with wadding and backing already sandwiched (spray basting is fine).  We will use this to big stitch a design - I'll have several possibilities.  If it's about 14 - 16" square you can turn it into a cushion or a bag later.

2.  An 'orphan' block, if you have one, (that's one left over from another project) again, already sandwiched.  If you don't have one then try to put together a 12" nine patch block so you have something for practice.

3.  A quilt top, already sandwiched, that you've been meaning to start quilting.  I can help you decide how to quilt it and you will get a good start.

4.  A selection of colour co-ordinated scraps and a piece for backing.  This can be turned into a beautiful piece with many different uses.

Bring two or three of the above and we'll have fun and you'll go away with a new skill.