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This class concentrates on using value to make simple objects appear realistically three-dimensional.
Students will learn how to interpret a photograph as a nine-step value gradation and make it into a fused mini-quilt. There will be a demonstration on dividing a fabric stash into a nine-step value scale and another on fusing as an appliqué method.
Participants have three choices for the in-class time: to make a quilt from the instructor's patterns, to practice making patterns from the instructor's photographs, or to bring their own photographs with which to make their own design patterns.
Note: General instruction for this class will result in a fused quilt top, no sewing machine is needed.
Iron: Teflon-coated or a Teflon protective mat or cover, if you have either.
Pellon Wonder-Under, regular weight, at least two yards. Check it before purchase: the web should adhere well to the paper and should not be torn or stiff at the edges. Keep it wrapped in a plastic bag. Please do not bring other brands. (I will have some for sale.)
Cotton batting 18" X 22"
INSPIRATION: You may work from one of the five patterns that I will bring to class. But, I suggest that you bring your own subject matter. You will need a good photo of a single 3-D object that is mostly monochromatic, for instance: pear, boat, adobe building, cactus, etc. It should have good value contrasts of light and dark, but not a lot of cast shadows. The best method is a digital photo, changed to black-and-white on the computer and printed as large as possible on an accurate printer. Then, use a true-value Xerox (Kinko's, Office Depot, Staples) to enlarge the photo onto 11" x 17" paper (or larger) so that the image touches the sides (you may have to adjust the light/dark setting to get a readable enlargement). I suggest 3 or more different photos done this way to ensure you have something that will work for the class.
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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,