Class Details for Still Life

Number of Lessons: 4
Price: US$ 40.00
Tutor: Ruth Blanchet
Start Date: To Be advised
Weeks Open: 6.5

I am sure you have all heard of the Masters in art, such as Alfred Sisley, Renoir, Dario Campanelli and Monet with their famous still life paintings. In this class we will learn to transform similar still life using textiles.

We begin by learning to make templates from a photo, which I have supplied or you may use your own. Step by step instructions guide you how to do this with ease using the free graphic program, GIMP. Use graduates of color to create dimension in your still life and then enhance it with thread work. Our final lesson includes enhanced features that you can add to your still life images such as shadows and reflections. We attach your still life form to a suitable background and then finish it off by stretching it over stretcher bars or bind it off like a regular quilt.

There are many possibilities and everyone will create a unique masterpiece for their self.

Watch this video to see some previous student's creations.

Supplies and Outline

There are various options throughout the class to decide on. I supply some photos to create your still life, however you can also choose to take your own photos and work from those.

For your own photography you will need: (optional)

  • Digital camera
  • Tripod
  • Spot light or lamp for extra light if necessary
  • Possible still life objects such as fruit, vases, bottles, jars, shells etc

Software: This class uses GIMP, which is a free download graphic program. There are full details for downloading this in lesson 1. Note: I give step by step instructions for using this and can help you when you need assistance.

First sample (vase) requires:

  • A collection of SEVEN fabrics ranging from light to dark in ONE color. Eg light to dark blues Note: Only small amounts of fabric are required – usually a fat eighth is sufficient. Hand dyed fabrics are ideal.
  • Machine embroidery threads to match the above fabrics
  • 1-3 background fabrics (fat quarter if only 1 background is use, less if 2 or 3 are used)

Your own templates:

  • Fabrics ranging in colors to make your own still life project. These may be collected during class when you have a better understanding of suitable fabrics, templates are created and amounts calculated.
  • Machine embroidery threads to match the above fabrics.
  • Suitable background fabrics – usually a fat quarter will be sufficient.

Other requirements:

  • Bobbin Thread – bobbinfil, bottom line or similar 60 weight thread.
  • Fusible wedding
  • Teflon sheet, baking paper or parchment paper
  • Safety pins or basting spray
  • Sewing machine and suitable feet such as free motion foot etc
  • Batting and backing for each project
  • Fabric paints or crayons, or water colors pencils or crayons (optional)
  • Stretcher frames and staple gun (optional)

Lesson One outline:

  • What is Still Life?
  • How to create dimension
  • Learn about Photographing an object
  • Learn how to develop templates
  • Discover Solarize photos
  • Download and install GIMP
  • Learn simple procedures in GIMP
  • Discover Posterize
  • Draw your templates
  • Displaying your Still Life

 In Lesson Two we will be:

  • Talking about color and fabric
  • Values and textures in fabrics
  • non suitable fabric verse suitable fabrics
  • fussy cutting fabrics with high value change
  • Fusible webbing
  • Transferring templates
  • Cutting out and building appliques
  • Developing a simple background

Here is what we will be covering in lesson three:

  • Layering
  • Thread selections
  • embroidery threads
  • bobbin threads
  • Learning free-motion
  • Soft-edge Applique
  • Continuing with free-motion
  • Creating a background
  • Stitch your project

In the fourth lesson we will be:

  • Developing advanced enhancements
  • Shadows with stitching
  • Shadows and shading with paints
  • Adding reflections
  • Bordering or not
  • Mounting on Stretcher bars
  • Framing and hanging