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Textile Translations Online Class

Welcome to all those who have bought the book. The classes are password-protected PDFs. The general requirements for the classes are listed at the end of this page with additional requirements discussed in the lessons.

Maggie Lesson 1, Part 1

To access Lesson 1, Part 1,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 44.



Maggie Lesson 1, Part 2

To access Lesson 1, Part 2,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 80.



Maggie Lesson 1, Part 3

To access Lesson 1, Part 3,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 65.



Maggie Lesson 2, Part 1

To access Lesson 2, Requirements,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 63.



Maggie Lesson 2, Part 2

To access Lesson 2, Part 1,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 15.



Maggie Lesson 2, Part 3

To access Lesson 2, Part 2,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 78.



Maggie Lesson 3, Part 1

To access Lesson 3, Requirements,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the bottom caption on page 40.

Maggie Lesson 3, Part 2

To access Lesson 3, Part 1,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 47.

Maggie Lesson 3, Part 2

To access Lesson 3, Part 2,
click on the above button.
When prompted, enter the password which is
the last word of the caption on page 61.

General Supplies

Below you will find the general supplies you will need for the Lessons. After the first lesson, the Requirements List for each will be found with the material for that lesson.

We'll start simply with a technique to produce a vessel that is also a book. It is based on the use of gesso, combined with a focal point that could be formed from either:
  • Water soluble paper
  • Tyvek
  • Translucent Liquid Sculpey
You will need:

Craft Vilene, Pellon or any similar firm base that will hold its shape as a vessel but will still allow hand or machine stitching.
Gesso.
Table Salt.
Black Quink Ink (if possible).
Golden Gel Medium or PVA.
Hand (not too fine) or machine threads.
Either water-soluble paper, Tyvek or Translucent Liquid Sculpey - see above.
Suitable paper for the pages. Something with a hand-made look to it would be good but don't choose one that is too thick.
Lettering stamp, access to a printer or wonderful handwriting.

Paints
This is a general list which will be used throughout the course. Don't go mad and buy loads of new stuff (unless you need an excuse). I'm sure you will have something suitable.
Small selection of acrylic paints, including black and white.
Runny paints that can be used in spray bottles. These could be 'posh' (the wonderful Ranger Colourwash sprays, for example) or cheap and cheerful, like disperse dyes in powder form (aka transfer paints). In the UK, the Superdrug chemist chain do good, cheap spray bottles.
Walnut ink is also useful - could be made from powder or ready mixed. Could also be Moon Shadow Mists or similar.

Finishes
Metallic wax - could be something like Treasure Gold, Liberon Gilt Cream
PearlEx powders or similar
Embossing Powders - can be normal or Ultra Thick
Failing any of the above, some good quality gold or silver acrylic paint.

Equipment
Palette knife
Cotton buds
Brushes
Baking paper (non stick)
Usual sewing kit.

Catalogue Destruction

Before I give you the details of the materials for the first section, I have to talk about catalogue destruction. The final lesson in this course will call for a distressed printed catalogue. Many of you who visit my blog will know about this and have started without me! It's not too late. Here's the deal:
  • Find a colourful catalogue, not too thick (if it is very thick, pull or cut it in half) and use a craft knife to score slashes into it.
  • Place it in the garden, or into a shallow tray if you don't have a garden. Try to find a place that your dog and cat won't pee on it - I have found a patio or decking area is good. We will be spraying them with disinfectant before we dry them out.
  • Forget about it for a couple of months. Let the elements take over.
Below left you can see a new, just put out, catalogue and, on the right, one that is on its way to being 'ripe'. There is no truth in the rumour that I will be revealing the next step on April 1st.
Maggie Class 1a
Maggie Class 1b