The Hand Stitch as Brush Stroke

In quilting, the Wabi Sabi sentiment allows us to set aside perfection and focus on the organic nature of the hand stitch.  This workshop focuses on using the stitch as if it were a brush stroke.  This is not a technique workshop where you learn how to hand stitch.  The focus is on using the stitch line as mark making on cloth.  The stitch marks are treated as if they are brush strokes in a painting.  The Gee’s Bend Quilter’s stitching practices will be examined.  Students will explore personal mark making preferences, with the power of parallel play in groups.  Workshop includes a presentation and a discussion of stitching possibilities.  We will be working small, so yardage is not needed.  No machine is necessary.S

Supply List:

3–5 days

  • Bag of scraps
    • Bring your own
    • Another option is to look online & buy a packet of like fabric pieces
    • Fabric stores often have small packages of like fabric
    • We do not need yardage
    • Bring a few fat quarters that read as a solid.  Make sure to include light, dark & medium
  • 1 yd. of natural color 7 oz. unprimed canvas duck cloth & 1 yd. of black duck cloth
  • 3 yds. muslin
  • One gallon Ziploc of scraps to go in the share pile
  • Clothing you would like to add some stitching
  • Art paper that can be stitched through
  • Linen, cotton, silk clothing to cut up & use as scraps
  • A variety of small amounts of sheer fabric
  • Sewing tools:
    • Scissors
    • Needles that fit your thread
    • Pearl cotton—size 8 or 12 works well (I don’t recommend embroidery floss.)
    • Needle threader
    • Needle grabber
    • Straight pins
    • Any other tools you enjoy using