Sunday, October 29, 2017
Flower Pounding WorkShop
My quilt guild hosted Lesley Grey, of Andes, NY to teach a Saturday day workshop on Flower and Leaf Pounding. You can find a lot of this on the web from preparing your own fabrics or you can buy it ready to go. We had Lesley purchase the prepared fabrics, enough and plus, for our class usage.
After a demonstration on using various flower and leaf types, placing them on the fabric, various technique steps - we were set off to experiment.
We are into our cold Fall weather and some members had a few items from their gardens and some bought from local shops for variety.
Supplies were basic - the prepped fabric, hammer, painters tape, towel (to help with the noise level), wood board, and vegetation of all kinds to play with.
And you can see there were all kinds of hammers - we shared items brought to as we found some things pounded out 'muddy', while others really had texture and/or color we liked.
Somehow I missed a table of members??? , we had 14 in the class. But after our play time (and some lunch), we concentrated on making a more artistic piece from what we learned. Everyone had a great time in learning a new technique and getting our feet wet with a little bit of fabric dyeing info as well.
Lesley , also, shared tips and techniques on adding detail to the piece with micron pens, stitching, and setting into finished miniatures.
These are the three small pieces (of course I went small) that I completed during the workshop. They need some finishing details and then put into wallhangings. We each received 1/2 yard of the prepared fabrics, so I have a lot left and have stored in a zip-lock bag marked PFD (prepared for dyeing) and want to revisit this technique in the Spring when we have some fresh new flowers, ferns, and grasses to use.
It was a fun workshop on our last good weather day of the season. Many of the members talked about how they were planning to incorporated their pieces into works and I look forward to seeing them as part of a guild meeting Show & Tell.