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Thread Painting with Chris Eichner - Orchid Fancy

Supply List:

•1 Orchid Fancy Panel, in any of 3 colorways, available at Asheville Cotton Co.
• Free motion foot, check your manual for correct foot this is a must to sew free motion
• Muslin 1⁄2 yard
• Sulky “Cut away Plus” or similar non fusible medium weight stabilizer
• small sharp scissors, such as EZ Snip curved scissors
• straight pins
• temporary spray adhesive like 505 to adhere the stabilizer to wrong side of panel
• Microtex machine needles 90/14 and Topstitch 90/14 or Microtex metallic needle 90/14
• Bobbin Fill; Cotton & Steele 50 weight thread, or Aurifil 50 weight, or Sulky 60 weight Poly for machine embroidery to fill bobbin. These threads are lighter weight which prevent pulling of top thread to underside.
• Optional sewers aid lubricant
• Optional thread director allows the thread to come off spool in a straight line, you
may have that option already on your machine.
• THREADS FOR EMBELLISHING THE PANEL, your choice; suggested; Polyester 60 weight, Sulky 40 weight rayon, Cotton &Steele 50 weight, Mettler silk finish cotton 50 weight your favorite threads for machine embroidery. Choose your colors to embellish petals, 3-4 shades of fuchsia to pink to purple, 3 shades of green for leaves and petals edges, rust brown for branch, cream or white for petals.
• Metallic thread; Mettler Fuchsia, Sulky Sliver #8040 opalescent, Sulky PolyStar use to embellish with sparkle on leaves or petals, or anything else you would like to add embellishment and sparkle with!
• Border Fabric of your choice
• Batting, light weight
• Backing fabric of your choice

To be prepared before class, this will ensure everyone can begin promptly!

• Cut one of the panels away from second panel
• cut (2) 4 inch pieces of muslin the length of the sides of panel and baste stitch, cut (2) additional 4 inch muslin pieces to stitch to top and bottom, so you now have a larger square to work with.
• Cut stabilizer to the size of this piece (the panel plus the extra muslin, approx 30" square)
• Spray the wrong side of the panel with temporary spray adhesive and pin the four corners.

Your panel is now ready to begin thread painting!
Instructions will be given out in class.
Please make sure your sewing machine is serviced, is capable of lowering feed dog, and you know how to adjust upper thread tension, and fill the bobbin.

I’m happy to answer all questions regarding any of the supplies on list please call anytime
Chris 828-421-6562 or email

What you will be learning is how to free motion embroider, adjust tension, using metallic thread with correct tension and movement avoiding breakage. Join us to be creative and paint with thread!

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Confident Beginner
Instructor: Chris Eichner
Instructor Bio: Chris Eichner

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.