F15 - Shirred Rugs - Aug 9-11, 2018


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F15 - Shirred Rugs - Aug 9-11, 2018

Dates: Aug 9-11, 2018

Class Times: Thurs-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm

Instructor:  Mary Delano

Open Studio:  Thurs-Fri 7-9pm

Amazing textural pieces can be made by combining heavy fabrics with several old sewing techniques, including bias, patch, and caterpillar shirring. Shirred rugs are cousins of hooked and standing wool rugs and are both similar to, and distinct from, both of these techniques. Like standing wool rugs, shirred rugs are sewn with a long needle; like hooked rugs, shirred rugs have a backing and therefore are one sided. Shirred rugs can be made of almost any fabric which means this is a great opportunity to upcycle old clothes or to use up that piece of fabric you bought but never figured out how to use. Even upholstery sample books make a great place to find interesting textures. In this class we will make a tree that incorporates patch, bias and caterpillar shirring with basic fabric “beads.” You may make a lollipop tree (like the one seen in the photo), a fruit tree (apple, lemon, orange), a flowering spring tree, a vibrant fall tree, or any sort of whimsical tree you decide to design. Each student will be provided a piece of fabric with the outline of a basic tree, and then will learn how to build the trunk, and add leaves, grass and sky. While we will primarily work with wool, we will incorporate other types of fabric, ribbon, ric rac, and even knitted strips, to add to the textural complexity.

Materials Fee:  $60

About the Instructor:

Recently retired from a demanding professional career, Mary now devotes most of her time to a variety of needlework techniques. She is a big f

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