Big Stitch Hand Quilting
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.