Heather Thomas

Learning to Stitch Free Motion Script

Heather Thomas
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Learning to Stitch Free Motion Script
  • In-depth Instruction; over 66 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $19.99

Come check out the possibilities as quilt artist, Heather Thomas, shows off several of her art quilts that feature beautiful free motion stitched script. Find out vital information about her process and the basics of her technique.

Choose a favorite quote, a short poem or important sentiment then grab some paper and a pencil and let Heather walk you through several practice techniques as you begin to learn how to fit your selected words and letters on the surface of your quilt. Feel like a kid again as you practice your cursive, playing with tall letters, dangling tails, dotting your “I’s” and crossing your “t’s”.

Learn to use Heather’s only choice for marking on the surface of your quilts; the Hera marker, as you section out the area of your quilt that you plan to write on. Then Heather will show you how quick and easy it is to baste your quilt with silk pins. After this segment, you’ll be ready to start stitching!

In this segment you will begin by learning all about creating beautiful, complex monograms that can be used as standalone designs or as the first letter at the beginning of a sentence. Discover what it means to “thicken” a line. Learn to add loop d’loop flourishes and how to make your finished letter “neat and tidy. Once you’ve practiced with a capital letter, Heather will lead you through stitching out the first pass of your entire selection of script.

Now, you’re ready to add all the extras to your stitched words. With your second pass of stitching, Heather will show you how to thicken up the lines, where to widen the letter for thread painting, where to add curly-q’s and other flourishes. Then with the third pass of stitching, she’ll show you how to use thread painting techniques to fill in the widened areas of each letter and thicken up other areas of the letters and the flourishes even more. With the fourth and final pass of stitching, Heather will help you tidy up the lines and edges and add any additional flourishes as desired. After all this practice you will be all set to write on your next quilt and able to do with beauty and ease.

5 Lessons
1  hrs 6  mins

Learn how easy and satisfying it can be to write in beautiful cursive or script on the surface of your quilts. Whether you simply want to sign your quilts in the stitching, tell your personal story or share your world view, writing on your quilts using easy to master, free motion stitching techniques will give you the opportunity to add very personal touches to your work.

In this class, quilt artist, Heather Thomas, will teach you:

  • How to determine the size, scale and spacing of your lettering.
  • How to quickly and easily determine how to fit your selected words on the surface of your quilt.
  • How to accomplish beautiful results using a four pass method that will yield “neat and tidy” results complete with tight edges, fancy little curls, areas of deep thread painting and lots more.
  • After stitching through this class with Heather, not only will you be able to write beautiful sentiments in the borders and body of your quilts, you’ll be able to stitch out beautiful monograms too.

    For any skill level and any stitcher who want to add more pizazz to their work. As a bonus you will also receive a PDF document with sample alphabet lettering for your next project using free motion script.

    Heather Thomas

    Heather is a mixed media fiber artist with a passion for color and a dedication to teaching. After a decade of making original yet traditional work, she began venturing out toward art quilting, embellishments, and mixed media work. With more than 12 years of studying and teaching color and design under her belt, she wrote her second book, A Fiber Artists’ Guide to Color & Design, which came on the heels of her very popular first book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics & Beyond. In 2011 Heather was a guest writer for Quilting Arts magazine with a multi-part feature on Free Style Machine Quilting. She also participates in group and individual instructional DVDs produced by the Creative Crafts Group. You can visit Heather’s blog at heatherthomasblog.blogspot.com.

    Heather Thomas

    Bonus materials available after purchase

    Learning to Stitch Free Motion Script Purchase this class for $19.99.