Class and Retreat Supplies

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Class Supplies

General supplies list – Useful things to bring:

A small cutting mat, ruler and cutter if you have them *.
A travel iron (plus cloth for ironing on) if you have one.
A good pair of fabric scissors, small embroidery scissors, and paper scissors.
seam ripper, pins, thread, needles, etc.
If you are bringing your sewing machine don’t forget your power cord and foot pedal, and your manual!
Other sewing machine essentials: spare bobbins, machine needles and 1/4” guide foot.
* These items are essential for some workshops, please see individual class lists. However we will bring along a few of everything in the list above for attendees to share, so if you don't have something, or can't bring it then don't worry.

If you have been allocated a class that requires a sewing machine and you have told us that you are not bringing one then we will be providing a machine for you.

It would also be useful if you could label your equipment especially things like cutters/mats/rulers to stop them getting mixed up with similar items.

Improv Flowers – Jo Avery

You will need:
Bring along a few fat quarters of suitable background fabric (I used low-volume but solids would work fine too) and a lot of scraps for the flowers and leaves, or a selection of different coloured fabric from your stash, both printed and plain.
You will need some slightly bigger pieces of fabric for the green stems, approx 15in square x 2. I will have scraps to share too.
You will also need your basic sewing kit and rotary cutting equipment (mat, ruler and cutter) if possible.

Screen Printing – Karen Lewis

You will need:
inspiration/doodles/sketches
pencil
eraser
paper scissors
fabric scissors
plastic spoon
old towel that you don’t mind getting paint on
old newspaper to practice print on
apron/old shirt that you don’t mind getting paint on.
fabric to print on - this doesn’t need to be pre washed
general purpose masking tape
cutting mat

The following are needed but will be available to purchase as a kit, or individually, shortly…please look out for an email!
A5 cutting mat
craft knife
6” embroidery hoop
FQ cotton gauze
water based acrylic fabric paint for screen printing

FPP Kitchen Trio – Kerry Green

You will need:
Selection of quilting cotton scraps (e.g. 10” squares, fat eighths, fat quarters) to complete your block.
One plain or all over non-directional print FQ for background (should be enough for all three blocks)
Sewline fabric glue, or other water based temporary fabric glue stick
Quarter inch sewing foot

Optional Extras:
Pencil crayons (if you like to colour your pattern)
Hera marker or blunt knife for creasing
Add-a-quarter ruler
You will need extra background fabric (a further FQ) if they want to make the blocks into a runner

Lino Printing – Karen Lewis

You will need:
inspiration/doodles/sketches
pencil
eraser
transfer paper/tracing paper
old towel that you don’t mind getting paint on
old apron that you don’t mind getting paint on
old newspaper to practice print on
plastic spoon
paper plate/old small tray
fabric to print on - this doesn’t need to be pre washed

The following are needed but will be available to purchase as a kit, or individually, shortly…please look out for an email!
carving tools
craft knife
3”/4” brayer/roller
two 4 x 6” easy cut blocks for carving
water based ( preferably) acrylic fabric paint for block printing

Overall FMQ – Jo Avery

You will need:
Two ready basted quilt sandwiches (fabric, wadding, fabric), each around half a metre x width of fabric. Basting can be by spray or safety pins.
Suitable gloves. I recommend Machingers or similar, but a clean pair of gardening gloves will work also.
Good quality thread, I recommend Aurifil 50wt.
Sketching paper and pencil or pen.

Your sewing machine must have a suitable Free-motion quilting foot (also sometimes called a darning or a free-motion embroidery foot), please check it fits and works on your machine before the class. You will also find FMQ easier if your machine has an extension table.

Small Piecing

You will need:
Selection of quilting cotton scraps (e.g. 10” squares, fat eighths, fat quarters) to complete your blocks. Multi directional designs or solids are the easiest option as well as fabrics with strong contrast.
If you want all blocks to have the same background, at least 1 FQ of background fabric
Quarter inch sewing foot
Quilt ruler with a 45 degree diagonal line
Tailor’s Awl/ Sewing Stiletto – this is so useful for accurate piecing, and cheap to buy (£1.50 upwards). Look for one with a cover/safety cap as it is very sharp, just the sort of tool you don’t want to drop on your foot!

Optional Extras:
Two quilting rulers to use together
If you have a really useful tool that you would like to show, please bring along! I’ll be bringing a mini rotating cutting mat, seam roller, non-aerosol starch/pressing spray, a selection of quilt rulers and anything else that I can find!

Tendrils Project Pouch – Jo Avery

You will need:
Two quilted panels (made prior to the class). These should be a finished size of 13in wide by 11in high. You can either make these from patchwork or just plain fabric. Baste wadding to the wrong side of fabric using 505 spray or safety pins (no need the use a 'backing fabric'), turn your stitch size up to 3.5 or 4 and sew lines close together backwards and forwards along the width of the panels. Variegated thread works very well for this. If you prefer you can bring your panels without quilting (just plain fabric), in that case you will need twice as much interfacing as the amount below.
1 x 12 inch zip
2 pieces of fabric for lining measuring 11 x 13in each (or same as front panel)
1 piece of fabric for tendrils and leaves measuring 16in square
Iron-on interfacing (approx quarter of a metre).
Scraps of fabric for zip ends.
zipper/piping foot for your machine.
Wonder clips (optional).

Techniques and Tips Class – Karen Lewis

You will need:
A few fat quarters and large scraps of fabric, including a variety of low volume and contrasting fabrics. They can be solids or patterned. The maximum size you will need to cut will be 6 3/4” squares, along with a few other sizes including 6 1/4”, 4 1/2”, 2 1/2” squares. You will also need your basic sewing kit and rotary cutter including small mat, ruler and cutter.

Japanese-style Cross-back Apron – Kerry Green

You will need:
Brown parcel paper for the pattern
Tape measure
150cm of 150cm wide fabric, medium to heavy weight, e.g. canvas, linen, denim, upholstery/décor fabric. It needs to be wide width.
Fat quarter of quilting cotton for the front pocket- this can face out or be a lining
Gutermann Sew-All polyester thread in co-ordinating colour (bring a bobbin for this too)
Sewing machine needle size 90
Standard sewing foot