August 9, 2016 – Lee McComas – “Thread-Painted Portraits”

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Lee McComas Thread-Portrait-classUse free-motion stitching on a printed fabric foundation to thread paint a portrait. Begin with a basic blending and contour exercises before moving on to the stitching of an actual face. Learn how to select appropriate threads and how stitching lines can be blended and contoured to create a realistic facial image. Additionally, learn tricks for adding detail and ways of manipulating the background to support the overall composition. Kit fees will be paid to the teacher at the time of the workshop.
  • Date: Tuesday August 9, 2016
  • Time: 10 am to 4pm
  • Class Fee: $40
  • Kit Fee: $10.00
  • Limit:  20 Students
  • Location : Goodwill Fire Company, 552 E Union St West Chester PA  19380
  • A sewing machine in good working order with a free-motion foot
  • Machine needles (size 90/14 is recommended, but bring some 80/12’s and 100/16 if you have them)
  • Several bobbins filled with a neutral or medium gray thread (4-5 recommended). Lea suggests you use a thinner thread, 50-60 wt., or a thread specifically designed for use in the bobbin, such as Bottom Line or Mettler Bobbin Fil. Some bobbin threads come in only black and white. If you use these, Lea suggests 2 bobbins of each.
  • 150-250 yd spools of thread (40-wt recommended) in the following colors

Light gray
Medium gray
Dark gray

  • Spool(s) of thread to refill bobbins.
  • Scissors for cutting thread
  • A power strip/extension cord for your machine
  • Pen and paper for notes
  • Mechanical pencil or fabric marking pen (frixion pen works great) for marking on portrait panel
  • Small trash bin, bag, or box for collecting loose threads

These items are suggested, but not required:

  • Laptop with photo editing software
  • 2-3 digital photos of people you adore
  • Free motion sewing gloves
  • Teflon sheet for sewing plate (Supreme Slider)
  • Thread Painted Portraits by Lea McComas