13 April 2019, Hand Stitch Quilting with Abigail Booth, London, UK
Saturday 13 April 2019 11-5, £130 including lunch
Taught by Abigail Booth
Forest + Found, is the joint venture of Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge. For now, Booth has focused on quilting and Bainbridge on woodworking and their approach could not be more organic. The wood shavings left over from Bainbridge’s practice are used by Booth to dye the cloth she then quilts – she explains that the natural tannins found in different types of wood can create an array of delicate tones, from black and grey to soft purples.
“Her quilts have a simple gravitas; strong graphic motifs based around traditional quilting techniques reflecting chevrons, scallops, crosses and triangles. Machine pieced and then hand-quilted using English waxed linen thread, they often express the tonal subtleties of the natural dyes.” – Ptolemy Mann
On this course you will learn the art of traditional hand-stitched quilting. You'll be taught how to layer a quilt in preparation for hand stitching. Once ready you can choose to either learn the traditional technique of Baptist Fan quilting (used by Amish quilt makers) or how to transfer a stitch design of your own onto your quilt sample.
During the class you will be taught how to use various quilting techniques including burying your threads to give a clean finish on the surface of your quilt. Finally you'll learn how to finish your sample by binding using a blind stitch.
Students will need:
- 2 pieces of cloth, 60cm x 60cm (one piece for the front and one for the back) This can be plain or patterned, but be aware that the busier the pattern, the more difficult it is to see the stitch design
Your own spool of thread to match your fabric. For fine hand-quilting thread: https://www.empressmills.co.
uk/shop/sewing-threads/ quilting-patchwork-thread/ hand-quilting/ or if you prefer a thicker perle cotton thread that will stand out more: https://www. theknittingnetwork.co.uk/ products/dmc-cotton-perle- thread-size-12?gclid= EAIaIQobChMIya_C- 9i93QIV67DtCh3OIQOKEAMYAyAAEgK CHfD_BwE&variant=3515360129
- A sewing kit including needles, scissors, thimble, pins etc. (If you don't have this it's not essential).