Create a charming sheep quilt with this new pattern developed in 2012, with realistic details. Learn to how to felt appliques, by pushing wool fibers into wool appliques fused to wool backgrounds with a needle felting tool. Complete your sheep with 3-D ears and tails, textures and sculptural faces. Transferring details onto the appliques without drawing ability is an easy trick. You will be inspired by all the information, knowledge and encouragement Debora shares with you, so you can complete the quilt at home. In this jam packed class, we will set aside some time to discuss how hand embroidery adds so much to the appeal of this quilt. There are only 6 simple stitches used, but oh, what an impact you can make, by creating trees and flowers in embroidery threads. You will look at your environment with new eyes.
The great advantage to this new technique, Felted Applique, is its portability, as no machine is required. Think about how many times you could be working on your quilt instead of wasting time waiting, commuting, or watching TV. That is the way things get done.
My quilt in the photo above measures 37" wide x 31" high. To give you a sense of scale, the border is 5" wide.
Background on this class and technique development:
I've been doing machine applique since forever. My passion for realism in my appliques has grown since I made my first pattern for sale in 1989.
In 2007 or so, I started a quilt in menswear wool fabrics, just to see what sheep looked like in pinstripes. Then I discovered needle felting and it was love at first sight. My animal appliques were becoming little bas-reliefs and they had texture. My first quilt, Crazy Sheep, took two years to make because I was inventing my technique for felted applique. At that time, people were felting with a single needle, making mini animals in 3-D, but nobody was doing applique with fibers.
Since I am a pattern designer, I needed to figure out how to teach people who couldn't draw, to make a sheep or a sheep portrait. A light bulb went off in my head when I stumbled on how to transfer the details of my applique drawings to wool because a lightbox won't work.
My second wool quilt, Sheep Wannabees, has all felted animals. There are 48 animals (not all sheep) in the center. of the quilt. It only took ten months to design and make and it is twice the size of the Crazy Sheep. Both of these quilts have won blue ribbons at national quilt shows and now each of them has a viewers choice ribbon too, and the Wannabees got a Judge's Choice in Paducah.
Class supplies list:
Supplies Participants Should Bring:
1/2 sheet Lite Steam-A-Seam (9" x 6".). NOT NEEDED...I just discovered this in August 2013...The process of poking with the felting needles sticks the appliques and the backgrounds together. Yay!
Scissors, small to cut out appliques.
Felting tool...bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with three needles) $14.50 available at Critter Pattern Works booth before class or in class if the event is not at a show.
A piece of upholstery foam or a brush for felting (Clover makes them) to felting into.
Replacement needles optional (5 for $7.75) available in class.
Pins to pin the appliques to cut them out.
For the full day class bring theses as well:
Embroidery threads, pearl cotton size #5 or 8 or floss in colors like medium gray, greens, for plants, browns for tree trunks, and colors for flowers. This is not essential, so don't bring a lot. The focus of the class is felting the sheep.
Needle for embroidery.
$25.00 Kit includes:
A New Flock of Sheep pattern (value $19.95)
Two baggies of wool rovings (value $6.00) in different colors for sheep and backgrounds and textures. Your choice...they are all different.
Four or more pieces of wool fabrics sewn together in a 12" x 12" square for backgrounds and scraps for appliques (value $16.00)Your choice...they are all different. (Having these fabrics sewn saves you from lugging your sewing machine to class to work on something you already know how to do.)
Beads for eyes (value 10 cents)
Debora Konchinsky will be offering this class at these different locations this Spring:
If you are interested in having Debora Konchinsky come to teach at your guild, give her a call 610-395-2679 or email her at Info@critterpat.com.
A new class is now available, exploring Debora's new interest in her hand dyed wools and adding felting and embroidery.
This class can be offered as a 1/2 day or full day class depending on the distance needed to travel from Allentown, PA area. A trunk show lecture could also be offered at the same time.
Debora Konchinsky earned a BFA degree in Fabric Design from the Philadelphia College of Art. She has won a Viewers Choice ribbon her felted applique quilts, Crazy Sheep, and Sheep Wannabees, and many blue ribbons for both quilts, and a Judge's Choice for the Sheep Wannabees. The New Flock of Sheep quilt has not been entered into any quilt shows. The second New Flock quilt will be entered in future quilt shows when it is finished.