Have you ever wanted to make a portrait of your own pet in fabric? Through 80+ minutes of video, text, and photos Jane will guide you through selecting your image, making an enlargement, drawing your pattern, choosing fabrics, making your collage and some tips for free motion quilting.
This addictive raw edge fabric collage technique uses glue instead of fusible to create a portrait and is very forgiving. In this course we are not aiming for photo realism, but instead are open to creative freedom.
This workshop is great for all levels - whether you are a sewist, quilter or just ready for an art project using fabric. A free PDF pattern is included at the end of the course.
Even if you have no pet, you can work with a photo of any animal and the technique used is perfect for your favorite pictures of flowers, birds, etc. Just remember to use your own photos or copyright free photos.
For those wanting feedback on their projects;
Each lesson has a comments section where you can write in questions or feedback. I also have a Facebook group called Fabric Collage School where you can post and I can interact with students.
What you will learn
Selecting and cropping your photo
Making a photo enlargement
Creating your pattern
Learning the fabric collage technique
Tips and tricks for fabric collage
Finishing your portrait and free-motion quilting techniques
So this is Buddy Seinfeld, a golden doodle and beloved pet to one of my former students.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!
What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at email@example.com. There is a comment box at the end of each lesson that you could post your question and then the answer I could share with all students. I also have a Facebook Group called Fabric Collage School that I would love people to join, ask questions and share their work.
I can't decide which photo to use?
If you are having trouble deciding on the right photo to use for your collage I am happy for you to email them to me and I can give you some advice firstname.lastname@example.org
My pet is all black or all white is this a problem?
When a pet is all one color it is harder when you are working on making your pattern as there is little contrast when drawing the pattern. Don't let this put you off, it just takes a little more time. When choosing fabrics don't be afraid to really stretch what you see in that range, i.e. for white include grays, yellows and for black include a variety of black fabrics, blues, purples and even adding green can look good. Remember you still need a range of values.
I don't have a pet and wnat to make a quilt of a bird or flower?
The method I describe in this workshop will work for almost any photograph of any subject. It would be harder for a landscape photo but the techniques would be the same.
I have never done free-motion quilting before?
Free-motion quilting is used to hold the fabric pieces together. The glue is a temporary hold. This project is very forgiving when you are stitching as its about creating texture. So if you are new to FMQ I would say practice on a quilt sandwich first but then then don't be afraid of jumping in. The more you practice the better and the more comfortable you will become.
Do I have to stick to the colors in the photo?
Many paintings or portraits you see are made in a bright, abstract color palette. This is a great way to go, a fun project but my advice would be to use a black and white photo as reference and stick with the values that you see there. I usually keep the eyes and nose realistic colors.