gcc spring splendorFinally, after that long cold winter and the long cold drizzle that melted the gray snow and rinsed the earth clean, comes the time of generous sun. Blossoms exuberantly play in the golden light and spring walks among us again. The foundation for this bouquet is Dupioni silk and the silk fibers used are soft twist silk and silk sewing thread. These threads combine with pearl purl, check purl, Japanese twist, Grecian twist, passing thread, and Japanese golds to create the butterfly, blossoms and leaves. The stitches include vertical, radiating, horizontal, voided, and diagonal satin; long and short over padding and split stitch; normal and pattern couching. Students will also learn how to transfer their own patterns and twist flat silk. The focus of the class will be on couching, filling areas with purls, and blending long and short over padding.


Teacher: Kay Stanis

Project: Framed picture 

Size: 8" x 10" design on 13.5" x 18" silk foundation

Fabric: Dupioni silk

Threads: Silk: five skeins of soft twist silks, four values of red, one of gold; Silk sewing thread. Metal: #1 Pearl purl; #6 Bright check purl; #1 Gold, SterlingTM 07; #5 Passing thread; #5 Japanese gold; #3 Japanese twist; medium Grecian twist; #8 braid, preferably Coronet BraidTM

Colors: Student's choice, sample is in reds

Proficiency Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisites: Some experience working with silk

Time: Twelve months, six working sessions

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $30, 50+ pages, all color

Supplies (approximate): $72, if provided by teacher; click here to download the supply list for this course


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