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Art Play - Thread Painting

Thread painting is a free-motion sewing technique used to create lines, areas of color, and texture with your domestic sewing machine the way an artist would use a brush and paint. It can be used to add detail to applique and printed designs or to create an image on fabric where none exists. Very dense stitching can even give the appearance of hand or machine embroidery. Threads in various colors and weights are used to stitch on top of a base fabric, adding layers of fabric, lace, and other materials to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Your basic thread painting kit is included with your class fee.
This includes a hand-dyed base cloth.

You will need to bring

  • Sewing Machine in good working order with the ability to do free motion.
  • Extension table, doesn't have to be large, most modern machines come with one large enough for this class.
  • 90/14 Sewing Machine needles
  • Thread, in various colors, weights, and materials. You will want at least 30 different colors/shades. I use 100% cotton, but metallic, rayon, and poly all work for varied effects.
  • Darning foot and spare bobbins
  • Pencil and black fine-line marker
  • Assorted cotton print fabrics for appliqueing (Kaffe Fassett and Liberty of London-type print fabrics are
    good choices). Brings as much as you like. You can also bring lace, motifs, and very fine crochet to cut
    up for added texture
  • Paper scissors
  • chalk pen/pencil or dressmakers chalk
  • Small/fine glass head pins
  • Basic sewing kit

Because it's still a pandemic, we've made some changes to how we run in-person classes:
  • We will be following all state and local COVID-19 guidelines and mandates.
  • You may be asked to wear a mask for the entire duration of the class.
  • We are following the rules established by WA DOH.

Before signing up for class, please check your schedule and read our class policy carefully. To be fair to our teachers and other students we must remain firm on our registration and cancellation policies

  • For any class where the fee is more than $100, 50% is due when you sign up. The other 50% of the fee is due 60 days before the class begins. To sign up with a deposit only, please call or stop by the store; we can only process full payment enrollments on the website. 

    • If you need to cancel more than 60 days before the start of class, any fees paid are refundable except for an administrative fee of 10%. If it is less than 60 days, the fee (less admin fee) can be refunded only if your space in class can be filled.

  • Classes, where the fee is less than $100, must be paid in full when you sign up for class. Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to class and you will be issued store credit.

  • Our guest teachers reserve the right to cancel 48 hours prior to any class if the participation level is below any stated minimum.
  • We will issue a full refund for any class we fully cancel. We will reschedule classes as quickly as possible, rescheduled classes are not subject to a full refund, if you cannot attend the new dates you will receive a store credit. 
  • Your registration in class implies your agreement to adhere to all the above-stated cancellation and refund policies. 
  • Your registration in class implies your agreement to adhere to our current mask policy. No refunds will be given if you choose not to attend class based on any expectation of a relaxed mask policy. 
  • In the event of inclement weather, classes could have a delayed start time or be rescheduled for another day. If we are experiencing snow and icy conditions please check social media including Facebook and Instagram. This will be the quickest way to receive updates as the stores might not be open if road conditions are too dangerous for staff to get to the store to call or email you.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Requirements: You must be comfortable with your machine. You will be changing your needle and thread often. You must know how to drop your feed dogs. You must use your foot control.
Instructor: Jessie Davis
Includes instruction, basic thread painting kit, lunch, and 20% off the day of class.

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