Appliqué is a needlework process in which pieces of fabric are cut into different shapes and sewn to a background piece to form a picture. Cutting these designs by hand can be quite time consuming, but a laser cutter takes almost no time at all and provides clean, crisp edges.
In this beginner workshop, instructor Leeni Gravlin-Dunn will guide students through the creation of their own applique design with the help of our laser cutter.
The following skills will be covered:
- Basic laser cutter operation
- Letting your imagination guide your fabric choices and composition
- Techniques to achieve different landscape looks/textures
- Using a rotary cutter
- Fusing fabric to a foundation
- Making a quilt sandwich
- Making a simple quilting design with a straight stitch and a regular machine foot
- Edge finishing with a zig-zag or bound edge
Finished size approximately 8"X10". All materials provided. If you have any special graphics in mind, you’re welcome to bring the files on a thumb drive. Students are welcome to bring in their own fabric, but please bring batiks only. For questions, contact Leeni at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Instructor: Leeni is a graduate of The Worcester Center for Crafts, Professional Craft Program, Fiber Concentration and earned a Master of Education from Fitchburg State University. She has been sewing garments since the age of 10, and has experience in clothing alterations (including bridal wear),quilting, quilt: repair/ history/dating / documentation/appraisal. Leeni is also experienced in knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, weaving, dying and surface design.