I want to take a moment and share a short story about creativity.
For the past three years, I have taught Modern Broderie Perse at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. I love this workshop because while everyone starts with basically the same materials, the end results are wildly different.
While the idea behind the class is cutting images out of fabric (which is broderie perse), it is confusing for students. I am not teaching the fundamentals of Broderie Perse and/or new Broderie Perse techniques. That’s my bad, and I am fixing it.
What the class is really about is being open to creating without a pattern.
I prep sheets of fabric (approximately 8’’ wide by 18’’ long) with 805 Wonder-Under heat activated fusible. Every time I teach the workshop, I add new prints to the stash. I like geometrics, florals, textures, and so on.
The students bring in a “table cloth” fabric and a background fabric. I provide the rest of the materials. You could use the technique to build other things—cars, owls, fish, and so on. But a floral bouquet is an excellent place to start.
Some students use the images printed on the fabric to build their flowers. Others do not.
Each time I teach the class, my students show me new ways to create flowers. Each and every composition is beautiful and original.
And with just a tiny bit of encouragement, my hope is that we can bring what’s inside—outside for everyone to celebrate.
Last year, I wrote a blog post called Holiday Gift Ideas–From Me To You about my favorite handmade gifts to give and get.
Many of you responded by sharing your favorite handmade gifts. I gathered your ideas and photos and created a blog post called Handmade Holiday Gifts.
What you are making? Post a comment, and I will get in touch with you so we can share your work here.