Cheesecloth Explorations 1: Windswept Pine

Welcome to the wonderful world of cheesecloth. 

This workshop will introduce you to a unique method of manipulating hand-dyed cheesecloth to create art quilts that are filled with delightful texture. You’ll learn my secrets for sculpting cheesecloth into a simple tree shape, reminiscent of the windtossed pines in works by Canada's Group of Seven painters. Plus, learn how to paint a colourful background with easy-to-use Neocolor II crayons on the fabric you will stitch the tree to. You’ll be delighted at how easy it is to get painterly effects.

No experience painting landscapes required—we will cover the basics and you will be provided with a pattern that you are free to adjust according to your whim! You will learn all these techniques and the quilt top can be finished in a day.

You will also have an opportunity to join a private Facebook group to meet other students who are using cheesecloth for sharing ideas, and to participate monthly in a group zoom call with me so you can ask any questions you might have and see what others in our community are creating.

**For this class you will need** two pieces of clear .005 Dura-Lar at least 19 x 24 inches, available in pads of 25 or rolls at art supply stores or from online shops like Dick Blick or Amazon.

What You Will Learn

  • how to add colour to your background fabric and cheesecloth with paint, ink or dye
  • how to incorporate texture into your fibre art landscapes with cheesecloth
  • specific techniques for different cheesecloth effects and textures 
  • free-motion machine appliqué using monofilament ("invisible" thread)
  • some easy finishing and mounting options for your finished art quilt

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Table of Contents

About Mary
Why Cheesecloth?
Supply List
(Do I really need to get Dura-lar?)
1. Getting Started
Introducing ... Cheesecloth!
Using Dye, Ink or Paint to Add Colour
Creating a Dura-lar Pattern
Assembling Your Sculpting Supplies
2. Making a Cheesecloth Tree
Shaping the Tree
Pine Boughs
Shaping the Grasses
3. Painting a Simple Landscape Background
Using Neocolor II Water-soluble Wax Pastels
Using Commercially Printed Fabric
4. Putting it All Together
Threading Your Machine
Machine Appliqué

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long do I have access to the course?

Once you've enrolled and paid, you will have access to all of the course material for at least one year. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

Do I need to have a sewing machine to make this project?

Generally, fibre art is created by sewing fabrics together, but it is possible to glue your finished tree to a painted stretched canvas, a method I describe in the Finishing section.

Can I take this class if I haven't taken the other classes in the series?

Yes, you can. Even if you have never worked with cheesecloth before, you can make this project. The series was designed as a complete introduction to using cheesecloth, but everything you need to know is included in both introductory courses.

What do I need to know about using a computer?

You'll need to be able to save the URL and your login/password information for the CourseCraft site. They have an online chat Help button on the lower right of your screen and are super friendly and helpful.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Since all of the information is available at the time of purchase, the class is not refundable.

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