Heather Thomas

Mixed Media Assemblage

Heather Thomas
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Mixed Media Assemblage
  • In-depth Instruction; over 132 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $19.99

In this segment Heather will show you lots of different items that can be used in a quilted assemblage. She will help you understand what types of items would be easy to use and what types of items may be too difficult. Next she'll talk about different types of glues and when and how to use them. She'll also take you on a quick walk through of the various methods she uses to artfully attach the pieces and parts to the surface of her quilt. The segment will end with information on how to finish the edges of your quilted assemblage.

Before beginning an assemblage piece it is important to bring all of the elements you hope to use together and play with their arrangement for a while. In this segment, Heather will show you how to lay out your base fabric and play with the arrangement of your selected items. Using the elements and principles of design, she will help you build a composition that is pleasing to the eye and tells a coherent story.

Once you have a good idea of what items you are going to include and where they are likely to be placed, you're ready to put together a quilted base to hold all the bits of your story. Here, Heather will show you what and how to layer and quilt to build a quilted base that is strong enough to hold all of the items you plan to use but also easy enough to stitch through. Heather will help you with stitching choices, thread colors and types and what products work best for this technique and why.

Here is where the real fun begins! In this segment Heather will show you lots of different ways to attach your relics and found objects to the surface of your quilt so that they are both attractive and stable. With each new addition, she'll help you understand how, when and where to add visual interest and when to leave things as simple as possible. To add extras visual interest, she'll use some bits and pieces of specialty fabrics, trims, ribbons and other embellishments. These items will be added to augment the relic pieces and make them more cohesive.

In this final segment Heather will go over various ways of finishing the edge of your quilt and discuss the possibility of finishing the surface of the quilt with a clear coat finish. Then she'll offer up a few different ideas and ways of hanging your finished work. Whether it's done with coiled wire or a model airplane propeller, she'll help you discover a hanging apparatus to bring a perfect finish to your quilted assemblage.

5 Lessons
2  hrs 12  mins

In the art world most assemblages are free standing or are mounted on a wood base. They often include bits and pieces of broken items or personal relics that are brought together to tell a new story.

In this class, art quilter, Heather Thomas will show you how to build a three dimensional art assemblage on a quilted base with a sturdy layer of the heavy stabilizer, Timtex.

Heather will show you how to use quick and easy machine quilting to build a fabric base to support your found objects with. Then she will help you explore lots of different ways to attach a myriad of fun and unusual objects to the surface as you bring your own story to life including:

  • Glues
  • stitching with floss
  • pin weaving
  • caging with fine wire
  • using brads
  • Grommets
  • and more

This is a wonderful technique that will allow you lots of creative freedom to create art quilts in a new way. In addition you will also receive a number of downloadable class resource documents to help with your next project.

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

Mixed Media Assemblage Purchase this class for $19.99.