Improvisational Fabric Stitching and Collage
- May 15, 2021
- 2PM - 4PM EST
Live from Los Angeles, United States
On Saturday May 15th at 2PM EST, join VAWAA and textile artist Debra Weiss to intuitively and experimentally, re-interpret images through textiles.
Debra has always worked with her hands. Her process is very intuitive and she rarely uses a sewing machine. As a textile artist, she composes with color, much like a painter does, but works in fiber processes: crocheting, stitching, knitting, knotting, layering and weaving.
Participants will be sent an image as a prompt to think of layers and abstract images in the world. By transferring this image to fabric, we will consciously feel our way through different layers of perspective. Through the practice of stitching through these fabric layers, we learn to create a new harmony.
We will work with a 10" x 10" square of fabric, fabric scraps, needle and thread to compose our interpretation of all or part of the image. With Debra's expert guidance, you'll gain a better understanding of how best to use your scraps for collaging, and she'll demonstrate a few different stitches.
All levels are welcome and there is no prior experience required. There will be plenty of time to share, get feedback and meet other participants from around the world.
Joining us from a different time zone? Be sure to convert the time.
What you'll need
- 10" x 10" square of fabric
- Fabric scraps
- Needles for both embroidery and sewing
- Thread (quilting thread and embroidery thread)
- An iron handy to use
You also have the option to purchase the kit online.
How to join
We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send the link and details to join via email 1 day and again 30 mins before it begins.
Debra is a Los Angeles based textile artist who has been fabric collaging and stitching for over 15 years. Prior to this, she ran a handbag and apparel line. For her, the concept of layers and transparency are symbolic of our being – she loves that she can find these qualities inherent in textile scraps. She believes we collect experiences throughout our lives. These experiences mold and change us; they sway our character. When all is said and done we remain the same person, however changed we may seem. Our integrity, our soul, our being that was birthed into this lifetime remains unchanged. Through stitching layers upon layers, she creates unity and celebrates life. She makes objects of color and beauty while thinking about what life means to her and what she has seen in the world.
"Debra's work is so inspiring. She was engaged and encouraging. She made the session so fun, many of us are hoping for a follow up!" - N. Walter
"Debra's art is wonderful. Love the layers, and the detailed stitching! This technique is fascinating, meditative and fun. I see many possibilities, and am excited to continue exploring!" - Lynn Adamo
"I loved the group experience and would like to expand on the class. Debra is a very clear teacher! Really liked working with her!" - Jen Loew
"I enjoyed the class very much. It was presented well, the teachers show and tell was helpful as well as her quick response to our questions." - Janet Hasselblad
"Debra creates a nice classroom environment virtually." - Laura
"Terrific teacher whose art work I love and admire. She was so friendly and generous in the way she shared information and accessible. I think a little more information prior to the class would have better prepared me better. I wound basting too big a piece and missed the stitching talk." - Robin Strauss
"Enjoyed the class and learning the techniques. Looking forward to more classes with additional stitches." - Denise
"It wasn't long enough, but I felt totally comfortable the whole time." - Heather Myler
Sessions are ticketed to support artists, makers and our small team. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please reach out. We may have a generous participant who has paid it forward. We would ask that you pay the love forward by sharing online sessions with 3 new friends.