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Houses - Two Days

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A class with Larkin Jean Van Horn:

Houses - Two Days

Time: Two half days, six classroom hours, with homework
Skill level: All, must be familiar with own sewing machine
There is no additional kit fee for this class

Here’s a chance to let your inner architect and designer run free! Build a sturdy little house using your quilting, collage, and embellishment skills. Students will learn how to draft their own patterns so that any size and shape is possible, and will learn some easily mastered construction techniques. Explore color, texture, and fun details as you design your dream house.

The most important thing you will do is choose your color scheme. This will make assembling your materials much easier. Your house will have a door and possibly a window, so you can choose, for example, greens for the outside and yellows for the inside. We’ll be working with fabric collage, so bring a nice selection, but yardage will not be necessary.

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Supply list:

Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies: Don’t forget your owner’s manual, cords, feet, and cleaning supplies.

Machine Feet: Zigzag and Free Motion

Machine Needles: Microtex Sharps 80 and Topstitch 90

Paper AND Fabric scissors

Ruler 6” x 12”

Pencil and Paper for drafting pattern

Ballpoint Pen

Glue Stick

Timtex – non-fusible – 22” wide x 1-1/2 yards

Matboard – 20” square – color does not matter

X-Acto knife with new blade and cutting mat (you can use the back side of a rotary mat)

Fusible Web – 2 yards – Misty Fuse or Wonder Under 805 preferred

Parchment or Teflon sheet for fusing

Fabrics: For fabric collage, you want variety but don’t need large amounts. Be sure that any fabric you choose will stand up to the heat of fusing.  See note below about pre-class prep.

Threads: Decorative threads for free motion work and basic sewing thread for construction. If you want to do some beading, bring beading thread. Perle Cotton size 12 is used for construction. Choose a color to blend with your house’s exterior color scheme.

Hand sewing needles: Beading needles, if you plan to do some beading.  Chenille needles for construction – size 22 or 24 work well.

Needle-nosed pliers (trust me, you will want these for construction)

Thimble (optional, but recommended)

Embellishments: yarns, fibers, beads, found objects, etc. to decorate the exterior of the house. Photos on fabric are an option for the inside walls of the house.

Optional: task light (optional, but highly recommended), extension cord

Other preparation:

You can avoid some long lines for the iron by pre-fusing some of your collage fabrics. Start with those you want on the outside of your house. Also, if you wish to have some art hanging on the interior walls of your house, you should print them onto fabric before class. Images should be no larger than 5” in either direction.