Supplies Students to Have:
Fabrics – the following list of fabrics is designed to fit with the exercises we will be doing. Some, like the selection of solid fabrics, are fairly integral to class activities. Others, like the batiks and prints should be used if you have them and you love them anyway. Use what you have and purchase what you can afford or have time to buy. A couple of good, comprehensive fat quarter assortments are a great solution. I love having all the colors and my ideal is an infinite selection of options. In reality, whatever you end up having at hand, you will be able to work with the concept and come up with something amazing.
•Solid fabrics – Selvedge to selvedge cuts or fat quarters. Solids will be our first resort because the plain colors will give us the opportunity to experiment with color only and build combinations independent of patterns.
• 1/4- 1/2 yard (or more) of black
• 1/4 -1/2 yard cuts of white or off-white, and at least 3 to 4 grays in between so you have a good gradation from white to black.
• 1/4 -1/2 cuts of 5 to 8 solids in 2 or more other color families so that you have a good gradation. This could be brown to red, blue to green, or whatever colors you like best. I always try to work with at least one combination that is not my favorite. Fat quarter bundles are great. Jellyrolls can be awkward if you are precision cutting, but great if you’re going more free form.
•Optional Batiks – Selvedge to selvedge cuts or fat quarters. These are great to use if you like them because they offer a little more visual texture and pattern than the solids, but the patterns are not overpowering and the colors are true and available in great variety. Totally optional.
• Optional Graphic or Geometric Prints – Selvedge to selvedge cuts or fat quarters.
• A selection of commercial fabrics from your stash. Stripes, polka dots, graphic black and white prints are good choices to blend with your color studies. It would be good to have at least one of these fabrics in mind when you choose your color families of solid fabrics. This will help guide your choice of solids.
Don’t worry too much about what to buy. We have a nice long two days to work with and loads of fun to be had with whatever you have on hand!
• Basic sewing supplies including rotary cutter, ruler and mat, thread, snips, etc.
• Sewing machine in good working order
• Notebook or paper for taking notes.
• Digital camera or smartphone