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This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

Teaching Applique at Seaview

Posted by on 5/18/2015 to Textiles & Wearables
When the Seaview Weaving and Fiber Arts Guild asked me to come and teach their group about applique and embroidery, little did they know how much trouble I would bring through their door...

...but I define trouble as fun, so it was a really fun day.   





I had prepared a handout on the history of a few basic stitches, and technique, illustrated with both historical and modern day examples, and brought examples of my own works as well to further illustrate the techniques and applications that were covered in the handout. Then we got to work...






I had been asked to develop a project for 8-20 students to work on. But recreating the same project 20 times was far too boring, so I brought 20 kits, ranging from complex multi-layer reverse applique, to trapunto, to simple applique, to simple embroidery. Some kits were flowers, some were animals, others were Celtic knotworks.   Each kit came with a pattern, tracing paper or fusing, instructions, and a selection of fabrics, some of which I had partially assembled if it was one of the more complex patterns.  


Everyone found a project that was interesting to them, and some members of the class even took two kits. After two hours of tracing and sewing and pressing and more sewing, a few people seemed unwilling to put their projects down in spite of a delicious lunch waiting for us in the other room...






Afterwards, I was able to see projects that the guild members were workingon, including a Ravens Tail pouch with it intricate twining. I was introduced to spun nettle, which I would love to have a chance to embroidery with some day. What a tremendously creative and talented group.

For additional photos, see the Seaview Guild Blog.

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