Beginner | 43 min 59 sec
Whether used to attribute your quilt or explain the circumstances of its production, a personalized quilt label is a thoughtful addition to a quilt. In this class, Milwaukee artist and quilter Heidi Parkes teaches how to embroider text in your own handwriting, both printing and cursive, using the back stitch so that you can leave yourself or someone else a special fabric note. The sentiment can be personal or practical, mundane or historical; this embroidered handwritten label can be added to a quilt, article of clothing, embroidered art piece or really anything that can hold stitching. Heidi walks you through the basics of hand-sewing, her easy tracing and transfer technique, and how appliqué the label using a neat trick using aluminum foil. Once you get the hang of it, you can transfer any sentiment onto an embroidered label.
Learn how to:
- Thread and knot a needle with a quilters knot
- Transfer your handwriting in a backstitch
- Use a slipknot to connect thread
- Use a tailor's knot to dot an "i"
- Use aluminum foil to applique a unique shape on your project
- Select words or imagery for stitching
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fabric, or a corner of the quilt itself
- Needle - Heidi likes the Dritz milliners multi-pack
- Size 9 DMC pearl cotton thread
- Tracing paper or tissue paper
- Fine felt tipped pen Pigma marker
- Embroidery hoop to fit the size of your label (4" to 12")
- Straight pins
- Thimbles, both pushing and pulling
- Thin cardboard like a cereal box and aluminum foil, and iron and ironing surface (optional, if appliqueing the label in place)
- Window or light table (optional, but this can help you see better)
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