Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Paint and Dye
One key element of quilt design is fabric. Learn to create your own fabrics with paints and dyes for truly one-of-a-kind patterns. First, Marcia Derse begins with techniques for painting fabrics with silk screening paints. Hand painting fabric creates intimate marks and layers of color. Then, we move to unique postcards with Marlene Glickman. They feature dyed sheers, silks, and collaged fabrics. Finally, we move to another method of fabric manipulation with Michele Muska and machine needle felting. She creates felted trees of roving, yarn, and wool onto a premade red tree skirt.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Stitch, Quilt, and Finish
It's hard to define the common elements of an art quilt, but at the most basic level all have stitching, quilting, and finishing plus the added element of a contemporary attitude. This episode begins with a segment taped on location with Valori Wells: fabric designer, sewer, and quilter. She presents a modern quilt featuring paint, embroidery, machine stitching, and specialty fabric-for an integrated design. Then, Luana Rubin, trend expert and chair holder in the Color Marketing Group, returns to the show. Learn about two key trends in the industry today. We finish up-literally-with Jane Davila who shares edge-finishing techniques involving stitch, machine decorative stitching, and stitch and paint-all suitable for small quilts.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
It's A Color Conundrum
Color has the ability to change the look and focus of a quilt, especially when it comes to fabric choices. Our guests on this episode change or modify their initial fabric choice for a brand new look. We begin with Rayna Gillman and a fabric makeover. She shows us how to print on cloth that needs a little help, with the express purpose of slicing it up and using in a free-form quilt. Then, meet color expert Judy Coates Perez for an overview of 500 color recipes. She's creating custom recipes for dyeing fabric based on the weight of the fabric and water to dye ratio. Finally Michele Muska creates felted placemats with Dresden and double wedding ring shapes in a traditional color palette.