StanisKay 407 AppalachianSpring 2by Kay Stanis
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Working over a laid silk foundation, flowers, buds, leaves and branches of Mountain Laurel and Dogwood are stitched using raised and detached techniques and stitches. The class will work on three separate frames: one for silk-over-linen and two for organzas.

 

Technique: Silk and Metal embroidery with detached elements
Proficiency: Intermediate- Advanced
Kit Cost: $130
Design Area: 7" x 9" x 3"
Kit Contents: Instructions, fabrics (silk/linen and organza), fibers (silk, flat silk, silk/metal), metal and covered-metal wire, invisible thread, beads, sequins, needles, lacing thread, transfer paper

Materials the student should bring:
• stretcher bars, 2 sets: 10˝ x 10˝; 14˝ x 14˝
• tacks
• beeswax
• Fray Check™ or glue stitch, archival
• pencil
• scissors: one for cutting metal threads, one for cutting silk
• laying tool (tekobari recommended) • a thimble if you’re used to working with one
• bead tray, instructions for making this are provided in the student letter
• a devise to hold the frame steady and flat. There is a devise on the market called a "quick release clamp" that is very popular with students. This clamp holds the frame flat against almost any size table and has cushioned grips that won't mar the furniture. It is lightweight, easily adjustable, and you don't have to have a lot of strength in your hands to operate it. It's sold in hardware stores and cost around $13 locally. It is not at all required, just one of those "I don't know how I got along without one before" things.
• other items that will be useful are:
• small tweezers, e.g., Uncle Bill’s
• a set of frame magnets. These magnets are usually small and are used so that there is one on each side of the fabric, they are advertised to hold needles and I have found other uses for them.
• mellour, optional

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