First we gathered in the morning to learn about drawing with inks and dyes.
For many of Pam's wall hangings, she will draw a picture with a black ink sharpie pen, and fill in with Fabrico markers that are made of dye.
She gave lessons in shading and color.
This little sketch of a pot that Pam drew within a few minutes. I will have to do a lot of practicing!
One technique if you feel you do not draw well, is to take a picture and then outline the design. (That sounds like something even I could do.)
Currently Pam is working on a very large inked sketch of a Rhino.
In the afternoon, we were back at our machines to work more on our collages.
The final step, once all the pieces have been ironed down, is to outline each pieces in black thread with free form embroidery. I had never tried this before and was a little nervous about how mine would turn out. Pam said she has taught thousands of students this technique and everyone can do it. That gave me confidence! Sure enough, it was easy to do. I will show you more of my project later.
Pam always uses MasterPiece (#50/2 extra long staple, Egyptian -grown cotton) because she feels it is the best quality thread to do the job.
We had such a wonderful time having Pam as a guest teacher for the School of Threadology. She even promised she will come back next year and teach again.
If you are interested in coming to one of her classes here in St. George, make sure to sign up for Bob's Newsletter. He will announce class sign-ups as the date gets closer.