The course will involve:

  • Following the pattern provided to cut the abaca to leverage the grain of the fabric
  • Learning how to paint the petals to give a natural effect
  • Creating delicate thread stamens
  • Understanding and practising forming the flowers and subsequently creating a vine

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Required  – Any level

Student Supplies (Minus sewing kit):

  • .5 m silk Abaca in natural colour
  • PVA stiffener
  • 2 – 3 Small pots of different coloured acid dyes.  A good one is  Easifix ALLinONE Acid dye crystals – available here.  coloucraft-ltd.com No added fixatives needed, or Jacquard Acid dyes work well (you may need some malt vinegar to ensure the dye is fixed)
  • 3 – 5 Small paintbrushes. Small flat artists brushes are good or small household paintbrushes will do
  • 3 – 5 glass jars to hold water and liquids
  • Old newspapers (this is a necessity as other paper is not as good)
  • Paper covered wire 22 / 26 gauge, this can be florist or cake making wire
  • Glue (this can be a Uhu or fabric glue)
  • 2 Threads, similar colours to your choice of dyes
  • Pattern template (supplied by us)

Prep work

  • Stiffen abaca with pva diluted 1:3, paint it onto the abaca on both sides and then wipe off any excess with a paper towel making sure it is all covered. Then either hang up to dry or dry with a hair dryer.  Follow by ironing it flat again, the shine of the fabric will come back.

Required Classroom Amenities (sink, sewing machine, etc):

  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Hairdryer
  • Water spray

Course outcomes:

You will leave with:

  • Knowledge of painting on silk abaca
  • Practice at how to mix dyes to make colours and shades
  • An understanding of how to create flowers from silk abaca
  • The ability to vine flowers and leaves together
  • The know how to create fine and delicate stamens

To see more photos of our students work on this course, please link to the following facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/jrmillineryschool/photos/?tab=album&album_id=410445582974921

Course Dates

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd October 2020