|Oh my goodness- this class was amazing!
It isn't so much a sewing class as a fiber art class. Carol Waugh has designed a technique to use couching, hand embroidery, and the decorative stitches on today's machine to make BEAUTIFUL artwork. I want to fill my house with these pieces!
The class begins with information on how to make a stitch bible. She encourages you to stitch out every one of your machines decorative stitches, as many look different from the card or screen view. In each line of stitches she encourages you to make two changes to the stitch- vary the length, and vary the width. This becomes a reference book to see how the stitches will appear. It is pretty amazing how changing width/length makes the stitch appearance completely different. Although this is just a sampler, she makes it into a fun book for a more "finished" appearance. Handy to keep around the sewing room.
The main part of the course is how to make the stupendous stitching artwork. Carol discusses thread choices (really-it sounds like she likes them all!) and fabric choices (batiks are recommended, but not too crazy, you want to see the stitching), and then starts the project.
She goes over the importance of interfacing (she doesn't use a stabilizer, just an interfacing), and how a couching foot makes couching way easier (she recommends Creative Feet's Pearls and Piping foot) but tells you that a non-couching foot can work too. We are then encouraged to couch all different types of materials to our projects, paying attention to texture and color.
After couching lessons, decorative machine stitches are done.
Then, a short lesson on hand embroidery follows, and the project is further decorated.
Carol does not believe in "less is more" and says that if you are wondering if you should add something, the answer is probably yes- that's my kind of style!
Then we learned how to back the project and to quilt it (not really a traditional quilt), how to apply a rat-tail binding, how to make a frame and mount it as a piece of art.
The final lesson, she talks about different ways to use the fabric other than mounted artwork: ipad covers, pillows, even on shoes! She also shares many examples of previous student work. Every piece she showed looked like it should belong in a museum. This is SUCH a neat technique.
As with other craftsy classes, the platform is easy to use. The videos are clear and I did not experience any technical difficulties. Carol answered all questions in a very timely manner, and requested that we share all stages of our work with her. In addition to being able to leave comments that are timed to spots in the video, craftys also allows you to take personal notes.
I viewed most of this class on my phone and the comments and notes are not available there (so I would log into a desktop to leave them), but the videos ran very smoothly.
Of all the things I learned in this course, these three are the biggest
1) Wow- there is a great use for all those decorative stitches on your machine.
2) There are no rules and no mistakes. But if you make a mistake, you can always fix it.
3) You can never have enough thread.