Portland, OR 2024 Fall Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Helene Knott
9:00 - 4:30
Sun Aug 18

Trapunto Quilting

$ 185  


Please note this project needs a sewing machine with a free motion and a zig zag foot, the venue will have a few loaner machines to share. You may bring your own if you live locally.

Trapunto is a method of making stitched quilts with extra padding to raise specific areas of the design and create a sculpted texture to the surface of the quilt. Trapunto originated in 14h Century Italy, the word ‘Trapunto’ means ‘to quilt’ in Italian. The craft spread to other parts of Europe and America in the late 1700s. The original method involved hand quilting motifs and then a painstaking process of slashing the backing and inserting small wisps of wool or cotton fluff. In this class, you will learn a contemporary machine stitched method that is nowhere near as labor intensive as the traditional technique. There will be several design options for a small sample to learn the technique.Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies. Contact me at 503-888-9784 or helene.m.knott@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Materials Fee $25 paid at beginning of class includes:

fabric squares, batting, threads, freezer paper for templates, and a selection of motifs to try.

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

 Scissors: Small craft scissors.
Safety or long straight pins: About a dozen will be adequate.
Pencil with a good eraser
Thread snips
 Sewing Machine: With a free-motion presser foot. NOTE: The event will have several machines available to borrow. Contact the organizers if you would like to reserve a machine.

Other Incidental Supplies: You may or may not need these things; they are mainly for comfort.

 Lighting: additional lighting may be helpful; a portable Ott light would be appropriate.
 Extension cords and plug strips (if bringing additional lighting): check to see if these will be provided or if it’s advisable to bring your own.
 A Pillow: Many venues have less than comfortable chairs, a pillow may help.