Thursday, October 9, 2014

Art Quilter

My brain's in a whirl because I spent from 9:30 - 3:30 today in class with Nancy DiDinato, a most amazing art quilter.  This was a class to which we were instructed not to bring our sewing machines.  Instead we had pencils, rulers, graph paper, paper scissors.  We learned how to incorporate things like Tyvek (yea, the stuff that wraps houses to insulate them), glimmery fabrics from places like Jo Ann's, flannel instead of batting, gray thread instead of black thread in stained glass window quilts, the thread to use for the "lead" in those windows (four layers of thread!), wires, notions, yarns, and well, you name it!  

We folded paper origami style to make boxes that could be covered with fabric, filled with insulation, covered, and embellished, folded kimonos from fabric, learned how to weave fabric strips, and even shown the difference between weaving rotary cut fabric strips and torn fabric strips.  The difference was significant, and one could immediately see the different ways to employ each method.  

The uses of silk flowers, tulle, men's ties, pipe cleaners, and . . . well, the list goes on and on.  She is full of ideas and each idea gives rise to another; her brain never stops.

Tomorrow there will be another class in the afternoon after the quilt guild meeting, and I can't wait to see what she'll show us then!

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