I found a great new class online this week.
We have a video studio here in the Golden office and a while back Eric Drexler from Sulky of America was here filming. Some of you know that I really, really like to do free-motion quilting on my personal machine and Eric is a magician when it comes to free-motion quilting. So I’ve been watching for his classes.
When Eric’s class Sulky Presents: Fearless Free-Motion Stitching 2: Beyond the Basics went live, I was right there to check it out.
The first section of Eric’s new class is 3-Dimensional Leaves. I recently saw a beautiful pin/brooch made with multiple leaves machine embroidered on different colors of silk and organdy. With Eric’s instructions, we can make something similar without an embroidery machine.
I found this piece of red sheer fabric. I printed the leaf patterns provided in the class on Sulky’s Sticky Fabri-Solvy (yes, I ran the Sticky Fabri-Solvy through the printer – no tracing necessary). Then I stitched a few leaves using Eric’s instructions.
Eric uses a hoop but I didn’t have one. I tried his method without the hoop on the sheer fabric and it was pretty slippery and the stitches were pulling the fabric a bit. I added another layer of Sticky Fabri-Solvy to the back of my project and I was able to easily free-motion stitch my leaves. I’m pretty sure it would be easier with a hoop like Eric recommends but I was too impatient to wait until I could go shopping.
After all the stitching, I rinsed away the Fabri-Solvy and made an infinity scarf. It turned out nicely. Now I’m just thinking of all the other fun things I can do with this technique – embellish quilts, garments, bathroom towels or perhaps a set of napkins and placemats. Included in the class are seven pages of ideas for using the leaves and butterflies provided in the pattern.
This is only from the first section of the class. There are still three more sections for me to go through. Oh my, this is going to be fun.
Check it out, there is definitely something here for all of you who free-motion quilt or who want to free-motion quilt.