Portland, OR 2022 Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Helene Knott
9:00 - 4:30
Mon March 21

Hand Stitched Transitions

$ 170  


This project employs Slow-Stiching; the process of hand stitching in a meditative freestyle approach. In this project, you will select a series of fabrics that will be stitched to a foundation in a progressive sequence. The sample shown, represents the
tide line of a beach as seen from above. You can choose a representational theme or
choose a simple sequence of transitioning colors, values or texture. The instructor will have a variety of fabric strips to purchase as an addition to your own selections or you can purchase an optional kit with a sea theme like the sample. Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies.
Contact me at 503-631-8806 or helene.m.knott@gmail.com if you have any

Optional Materials Fee $25 paid at beginning of class includes:

foundation fabric, transitional fabric strips, embroidery thread, Crewel needle,
and sea shells. Note: fabrics may vary from those shown in sample. 

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

A piece of ‘stable’ base fabric approximately 5” x 18”: This can really be anything from a quilter’s weight cotton to a piece of denim, canvas, upholstery weight fabric, or burlap (keep in mind that denim or upholstery weight fabric will be a little harder to stitch through). You may turn and hem the edges if you wish or leave them rough (this is particularly attractive with canvas or denim if you wash and dry the raw edged piece as this will ‘fluff out the edges). If the base fabric is lightweight and flimsy add a little body with a piece of Form-Flex or other fusible stabilizer ironed onto the backside.
 A selection of fabric scraps in strips and squares in various sizes: These can range from 2” squares to longer narrow strips. They can be in strips, squares, or odd shapes if you prefer. You can stick to quilter’s weight cotton if you wish or explore other fibers and types of fabric – homespun, linen, denim, silk even wool if you wish. These will be used as ‘patches’ on your base fabric.
Thread or floss for hand sewing: Pearl cotton, six-strand floss, buttonhole twist, Sashiko thread I’ve even seen threads that were pulled from fabric utilized in Slow-Stich projects. The colors should coordinate with your fabrics but with contrast if you want your stitched visible as part of the design.
Hand sewing needles: Crewel embroidery needles in a range of sizes are recommended as the choice of needle may vary depending on the fabrics chosen. Basically, you needs to have an eye that will accommodate the thickness of the thread or floss yet still pull through the fabrics.
Needle ‘grabber’ (optional): This is a little rubber disk that gives better traction when pulling a needle through bulky or heavy materials. Depending on the fabrics and threads you choose, you might find this very helpful to pull a stubborn needle through.
Scissors: for cutting threads, trimming fabric etc.
Embellishments (optional): these can be buttons, beads, drilled gemstones, sea shells, bits of jewelry or other ‘found’ objects.
 Strong polyester or beading thread: Beading thread like Nymo or Silamide would be the best choice for attaching embellishments with sharp edges like bugle beads but a strong polyester button and carpet thread would be suitable for most other objects. NOTE: if you have beads with small holes like seed beads, you will need a
slender needle capable of going through the beads with the appropriate thread.
 Rotary cutter, 6” square cutting ruler and small mat: You can trim the scraps to the shape and size you want with scissors but you could also use a rotary cutter to trim the patches if needed.
 Small embroidery or craft scissors
A thimble (optional): Some stitchers prefer a thimble for hand sewing, others do not – it’s a personal choice.