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Workshop: Creating a Collage Portrait from a Photograph, With Josh Chernoff

  • September 07, 2024
  • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Lutheran Church of the Ascension



Doors Open at 9:00 am and the workshop begins 9:30 am until 1:30. This is a half-day workshop. Bring a snack if you wish as there will be no break for lunch.  The workshop will be hands-on, with participants working on pieces of their own making. We will start by transferring the image from the black/white photo to craft cellophane, and then onto the muslin backing. Participants will then begin building their collage portraits using scrap fabrics and Steam-A-Seam Lite2. We will cover picking fabrics, using a color value finder, and working effectively with Steam-a-Seam. We will focus on eyes, noses and other critical features, along with choices on what to use fabric for vs. what to use thread painting and quilting for. We will cover how to bond the appliqué for the backing fabric, and then how to plan and execute the quilting and thread painting.  A level of sewing competency is assumed; this workshop will not cover sewing basics.  Appliqué portraiture is time-consuming, so some participants may not finish their projects in the workshop. But all will have the skills they need to complete their portrait at their own pace.

Supply List and Required Kit Information:

$70  registration includes supply kit.

Supply Kit: which will include the following: a 16" by 20" foam work surface; a box of pins; a fine point Sharpie; a sufficient quantity of Steam-a-Seam Lite2; a 16" by 20" piece of muslin; 16" by 20" sheet of craft cellophane; a spool of clear or smoke monofilament, 16" by 20" batting; 16" by 20" plain backing fabric; and a gray scale/value finder card,

Participants should bring the following supplies and equipment:

Ideally, a sewing machine with zigzag capability (but a straight stitch machine can also be used);

2 sets of scissors - a larger pair and small detail scissors;

A variety of fabric scraps (fat quarters or smaller scraps are usually sufficient - I recommend a box of 30-40 different fabrics in a range of colors and color values that the participant wants to work with);

A photograph they want to work with as a portrait that is approximately 12" by 16"( it can be smaller than this, but not too small or the details will be hard to apply). The photo should be in Black and White, and it should be the reverse of how they want the image to appear in their final piece.

Meetings and Workshops:

Lutheran Church of the Ascension

460 Sunset Ridge Road

Northfield, IL  60093

Contact Information:

Illinois Quilters, Inc.

P.O. Box 39

Wilmette, IL  60091

Service Quilting:

Immanuel Lutheran Church

School Building (2nd driveway)

1850 Chestnut Avenue

Glenview, IL  60025

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