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. 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

Course Dates

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd October 2020