Make a Brooch: Free Form Stitching and Layering
- November 06, 2021
- 2:30PM-4PM EDT
Live from Los Angeles, United States
On Saturday November 6th at 2:30PM EDT, join VAWAA and textile artist Debra Weiss to create your own textile brooch through free form stitching techniques. With all the talk of buying gifts early because of shipping issues, why not make your own?
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.
We'll be learning the best way to make a circle and layer scraps of fabric to form a brooch. Embracing spontaneity and intuition, our brooches will truly be creations of the moment, as we embellish them with free form stitches. Enjoy this calming, tactile practice and let your imagination run wild as we experiment with color, form and texture.
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.
If you are not in EDT time zone, be sure to convert the time.
What you'll need
- One 2" linen circle
- Small scraps of felt in various colors
- Thread - possibly variegated or metallic
- Pin back
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 1 hour 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.
Visit her artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.
"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 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
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