Improv Textile Collage

Supplies Students Need To Have

I. Supplies:

1. Fabrics: Cottons, silks, linens, or woolens are suitable for this project. Vintage fabrics are

great. Prewashing is recommended when possible.

a. Fabric for Background:

– 11” x 14”, light or dark, optional silk organza stabilizer is 13” x 16” for this size

Or, if you wish to work larger, the size is dictated by the canvas size you want to use. Do not wash the

silk organza.

– 14” x 18”, light or dark, optional silk organza stabilizer is 16” x 20” for this size

b. Fabric for shapes: assorted scraps to contrast with your background

c. Muslin scraps to practice stitches on

2. Papers:

– Freezer paper for shape templates

– Optional, hand made papers with assorted patterns.

3. Embroidery Floss and Threads, assorted colors to go with your color scheme

4. Regular sewing thread, assorted colors for sewing down your shapes

4. Stabilizer, Optional: piece of silk organza, unwashed. You can buy 42” wide white silk organza at:

Dharma Trading Company

II. Tools:

1.Hand embroidery needles: I use assorted packs that are sizes 5-10

2. Fabric marking tools: this is what I use, but you are welcome to use what you prefer.

– Stabilo white pencil #8052, water erasable marker (from me or art supply stores)

– Frixion Pens # 31557, set of 3 colors (from me, Amazon, or office supply stores) heat erasable

– Fine-grit sandpaper, 1 sheet

3. Basic sewing kit, includes:

Sharp small scissors for embroidery, and scissors for cutting through freezer paper, straight pins, regular

hand sewing needles, regular sewing thread for basting, and beeswax for your thread.

• Blue painter’s tape (3/4” width is fine, or whatever you have)

• Ruler, rotary cutter, and cutting mat

• Color Wheel, available at any art supply store or online