Stitches, Straps & Layers: Moving On
Anyone who buys 'Stitches, Straps & Layers' is welcome to join these free online classes. The site will be password restricted and passwords will change, so you'll need to have your copy of the book handy when you log in.
The idea is to take some of the techniques in the book to the next level - or beyond.
There will be a new lesson on the third Monday of every month, beginning in October. You can work in your own time and don't need to finish one lesson before seeing the next one. The lessons will stay on the site for the foreseeable future.
Maggie's class will contain the following lessons:
Lesson 1 You'll be working with metal foil to produce a book cover, complete with an amazing wrap-around spine and cover decoration made from pipe-cleaners and beads. Alternative ideas for book-covers will include the use of heat techniques with felt and embossing powder, tassels, beads and much more.
Lesson 2 We will build on the metal element of the first lesson, combining it with a technique that Maggie calls 'The displaced pattern effect'. Using water-soluble techniques (both film and paper), you will extend the metallic background to make a small wallhanging. The techniques learned in this class will translate into many other textile and paper disciplines.
Lesson 3 Here, we'll be considering ideas for using skeleton leaves, beginning with an extension of the metal and soluble methods from Lessons 1 and 2. Following this, the leaves will be combined with paper, embossing powder and a wide range of mixed media. Experiments will include new ways with those paper-like modelling compounds.
Lesson 4 On with the modelling compound. Maggie is really excited about some new ways to use this versatile material, in particular, combining with fabrics in order to produce mixed media pieces that really integrate with the chosen background. The colouring and gilding of the modelling compound is considered, with great results.
The materials will be given with each lesson.
A sketchbook with hard cover suitable for decoration.
Metal Foil (could be from a chocolate bar or proper stuff)*
Stiff paper (cartridge paper, as used for sketch books) in white and black. Paper should be able to take wet paint without buckling
Stamp pad or stamping ink
Embossing Powder (not Ultra Thick)
Quick drying adhesive and white glue (PVA) Matchsticks**
Beads to fit on pipe-cleaners
A variety of colouring media, especially glitzy stuff such as Starburst Stains and Moonshadow Mists. Brusho is also good, as is Quink ink.
A heat tool and heat-proof surface will also be needed.
* Oliver Twists in the UK
** Ario in the UK
Use Google for other countries.
Moulding paste and/or puff paint (Xpandaprint)
Stencils and stamps
Metal – could be foil, shim, pureé tubes, coke cans – try what you have before buying
Felt or craft Vilene
Spray paints, especially anything by Moonglow
Non-stick baking paper
Sewing Machine, threads etc.
Heat tool, if using puff paint.*
Heat proof surface
* You don't need a heat tool to raise puff paint. Let it dry and iron on the back of the paper.
Medium for making silk paper, such as CMC paste, Jo Sonja or PVA
A little water-soluble paper.
Try to use what you have rather than buying new.