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A class with Larkin Jean Van Horn:

Treasure Boxes

Time: One full day, six classroom hours
Skill level: All, must be familiar with own sewing machine
There is no additional kit fee for this class

Create a small box for storing special mementos, grandma's pearls, or fortunes from the Chinese restaurant. Students will use fabric collage, free motion stitching, and embellishment techniques to decorate their sturdy containers. We will also talk about design, structure, and color in the course of the day.

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Supply list:

Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (don’t forget your owner’s manual, cords, feet, and cleaning supplies.

Machine Feet: Zigzag and Free Motion

Paper AND Fabric scissors

Needle-nosed pliers (trust me, you will want these for construction)

Matboard – 20” square – color does not matter

Xacto knife with new blade and cutting mat (you can use the back side of a rotary mat)

Glue Stick

Machine Needles: Topstitch 90 are recommended

Rotary cutting equipment: smallish mat, cutter, 6X12 ruler

Assorted decorative and construction threads: Decorative threads for free motion work and perle cotton size 12 for construction. If you want to do some beading, bring beading thread. Perle cotton size 8 or 12, choose a color to blend with your box’s exterior color scheme.

Size 20 chenille needles for hand sewing

Timtex – non-fusible – 22” x 36"

Fusible Web – 2 yards – Misty Fuse or Wonder Under 805 preferred

Parchment or Teflon sheet for fusing

Fabrics: Nothing larger than a fat quarter will be required, but include some variety for fabric collage. Be sure that any fabric you choose will stand up to the heat of fusing. Also select a fat quarter for lining the box. See note below about pre-class prep.

Embellishments: yarns, fibers, beads, found objects, etc. to decorate the exterior of the box.

Beading needles, if you plan to do some beading.

1 small shank-style button if you wish to have a closure for the box

Pencil and Paper for drafting pattern

Thimble (optional, but recommended)

Optional: task light, extension cord

Other preparation:

You can avoid some long lines for the iron by pre-fusing some of your collage fabrics.