Thursday, January 5, 2012

For Will's Pub Ladies' Night: Quilting Fractals

What Will Happen:
We will meet at 8pm at Will's Pub to learn a few traditional stitches that lend themselves to the concept of fractals. It's most exciting to see the way fractals are interpreted, in thread, by new minds. Even if you've never threaded a needle, it will be a fun time. A few of the stitches we will concentrate on are: (a)Russian Chain Stitch, (b) Closed Buttonhole Stitch, and (c) Arrowhead Stitch

What You Need:
Thread, Needle (or 2), Scrap Fabric
What You Might Also Want:
Embroidery Scissors, Embroidery Hoop

  • You might want to consider bringing an embroidery hoop, so that your fabric is taut while you are stitching, and you can stitch more evenly. (These are between $2-$5 at JoAnns or Michaels)
  • It's best if the color of your thread contrasts with your fabric, so if you have a dark fabric, choose a light thread color and vice versa.
  • Try to stay away from decorative threads for your first time. They're usually not as strong, and you don't want the thread snapping on you while you're learning!

If enough ladies are interested, I hope that we will stick together and create a quilt based on the concept of a fractal as a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts. "The satellites are approximations of the entire set, but not exact copies"


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