Letter by Letter,
Stitch by Stitch:
From basics to embroidered narratives
April 23 and April
30, 2016 10:00 – 3:00
Two Saturdays with
fiber artist Iviva Olenick.
Learn a vocabulary of basic
to more complex stitches. Apply these in varying combinations to
render your name, and longer, more ornate phrases, or to create
banner-like, decorative text.
Through the process, explore
text as art, and stitching as a form of linear drawing.
Become familiar with
unconventional techniques and applications, including ways to
transfer words and/or images onto fabric (rather than freehand
stitching), and interpreting images as stitched drawings—either
linear or more robust.
Potential additional activities depending on time and student
interests: appliqué and fabric collage; fabric markers and paints;
3D fabric book covers.
Students must bring to class:
Some text to render
in stitch, and/or a copy of an image to interpret through
Embroidery hoop –
Iviva will bring a few for those who need it.
fabric.1 yard should be more than enough.
Embroidery thread –
we will have some on hand to share, but please bring your own if you
Needles - Note: I
sometimes use tapestry needles as the tips are blunter and I'm less
likely to prick myself. In general, eye of needles should be big
enough to thread preferred threads.
recommends that everyone buy a water soluble fabric marker. The
brands she most often finds are Clover or Dritz.
To find out more about Iviva