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Leather or Felt Tortise Shell Applique

Helene Knott
6:30 - 9:30
Sunday Eve Feb 21

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$ 95  

NOTE: Sewing machine experience required. If you are traveling, we will have 5 machines available to share. Please contact glenny@artandsoulretreat.com if you live locally, and can bring your machine so we can reserve the five for others!

This is an exercise in creating raised texture for a bas relief effect. A tortoise shell is formed by layers of keratin (the same material that makes our fingernails). A new layer of keratin forms at the base of the old ‘plate’ increasing in size each year resulting in a steppe texture over time (see photo at right). In this class we will explore recreating these layered tiles or plates on a small project in either leather (requires a sewing machine) or hand stitched felt.

Materials fee $  paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
includes background fabric panel, leather or felt for the Tortoiseshell plates, thread and a pattern.

Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:
For the Leather version you will need:
• Sewing Machine: this project can be carried out with a regular presser foot but a zipper foot makes it much easier to stitch the layers.
• Leather or Jeans needles: size 14 or 16.
• Scissors: A pair of sharp bladed craft scissors
• Ball point pen

For the hand-stitched felt version you will need:
• Scissors: A pair of sharp bladed craft scissors
• Sewing pins
• Hand embroidery needle: size 3 or 4.

Other Incidental Supplies:
• Lighting: additional lighting may be helpful; a portable Ott light would be appropriate. 
• Extension cords and plug strips (if bringing additional lighting)
• A Pillow: Many venues have less than comfortable chairs, a pillow may help.

Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies. Contact me at helene.m.knott@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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