- paper - if you always use A4 then try A3
- charcoal sticks - they come in different sizes - you can't do small detailed pictures with a piece of charred wood!
- something to draw; preferably (but not essential) something bigger than the paper you are going to drawn on.
It’s a useful skill to be able to draw on all different scales and this exercise will help you expand your drawing to fill the page – whatever the size!
You will need:
Before you start, spend a few minutes looking at the item you have chosen to draw – look at its overall shape, its relationship to other items on the table and/or the back ground etc
This week was the second session of our ever popular Introduction to free motion quilting course. As well as teaching many different patterns we also share lots of tips and advice and one of the ones this week was how to finish the thread ends.
It's always a good idea to do this at either the beginning or end of every session or even as you go along. There's nothing worse than finishing a quilt top only to realise you have countless ends of thread to deal with!
One of the easiest way to do this is the lasso method using a large eyed embroidery needle and a double length of thread.
Take the two lengths of thread (ie: the top and bottom threads) and tie using an over-hand knot, running it down the needle to the end of the stitching. This knot will anchor itself in the wadding when pulled through.
Push the threaded lasso needle into the work, at the end of the line of stitching. Go through the top layer, into the wadding but not through to the back. Travel the needle about an inch and pop it out: do not pull through!
With your other hand grab the stitching threads and pull them through the lasso, then pull the needle, allowing the lasso to pull the thread right through. The thread tail can then be carefully snipped.
We made a little video to show you here:
Click on the image below to see the video Subhashini made when I taught it in class!
Until next week,
Hazel & Terry
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