Fusible fun – creative textile techniques with Christine Chester

Art textiles

Ref: S1D11614

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About this course

Fusible materials have revolutionised applique but can also be used to generate fabulous surfaces for creative textiles. Spend the day playing with paint, foils, papers and scissors, combining your experiments into a small project.

Course Description

During this one day course you will work with two types of fusible fabric and appreciate their individual strengths and weaknesses for particular uses. The small projects created could be used later as a book cover, a patch for the back of a jacket, bag or cushion, or simply as a sample to show the different uses for fusible materials.

You will learn:

To use bondaweb to apply shapes

To appreciate the requirement for mirroring when tracing off and what types of shapes require this

To appreciate the use of fusible materials to seal edges when using for applique

To explore different types of materials that can be bonded together

To be introduced to the different types of paint suitable for painting bondaweb and to appreciate the potential for changing the nature of the fusible material with some of those paints.

Health and safety aspects of using fusible materials with a steam iron and use of correct settings with the variables of materials, fabric type and foil will be discussed. Alongside the care and maintenance when using the iron with fusible materials to protect the iron and the ironing surface, and how to use a sewing machine to help stabilise and apply shapes created with fusible material.

The limitations of fusible materials when working with small amounts, with functionality, and the ways of mitigating these limitations will also be explored.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including a pack of fusible materials with the following:
  • 1/2m bondaweb
  • 20cm mistyfuse
  • 12” square Stitch n tear
  • These materials will be supplied for general use:
  • Foils
  • Gilding flakes
  • Silk paints (or a set of screen inks plus the metallics)
  • Thermofax screens and squeegees – minis and smalls
  • Baking parchment
  • (You will need to bring your own choice of fabric – see what to bring)

What students need to bring

  • Fabric – Plain (or mottled) coloured fabric – fat quarter (18” x 18”) – preferable a cotton or polycotton
  • Small piece (12”x 12” approx.) contrasting cotton/polycotton fabric
  • Small scraps of fabric – ribbon/velvet/shiny/lacy
  • Sewing machine cottons to match your two main fabric pieces
  • Small amounts of tissue paper/interesting craft papers
  • Photocopy of vintage photograph
  • A sharp pencil
  • Sewing machine and accessories (free motion foot if you can do free motion stitching – don’t worry if not – a straight stitch foot will do – the College will also have some machines available in the course, if you are not able to bring your own)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sewing machine cotton
  • Available from tutor:
  • Extra bondaweb and mistyfuse

Tutors

Christine Chester

Christine Chester is an artist and teacher working from a textile studio in Eastbourne, having previously worked for 20 years in the Adult and FE sector. After being accepted into several juried competitions, Christine has a solo gallery at Festival of Quilts this year, alongside working to complete her Masters degree.

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