Length of Class: 4 days (24 hours)
Proficiency Level: Advanced
Class Description: Ascending into the pale light of morning, just as the sun is rising, your balloon takes you to new heights of experience in silk and metal threads that take your breath away. Montgolfiére, the French word for hot air balloon, is the name of the pioneer of flying these ethereal aircraft. With the montgolfière as a guide, the world of silk and metal threads will open out before you.
The foundation for this craft is silk Sha. The silk fibers used include Ping Ling, Soie Platte, Waterlilies, and silk sewing threads. These combine with Kid, metallics braids, twists, check purl, Jaceron, and Japanese Colorful and Dull golds to form elaborate borders and elegant fillings. The stitches included are Upright Satin with Lattice Holding, numerous couching variations, Radiating Buttonhole, Herringbone, Outline, diagonal Chain Filling, Burden, and a darning pattern.
The student will learn a new way of framing up to facilitate working on the transparent silk Sha and how to work with some of the newest and the oldest materials in the silk and metal threads repertoire.
Size: 9" X 8.5" design on 12" X 14.5" countable silk foundation
Kit Includes: All materials necessary to complete the design including the working frame
Materials the Student should Bring: One set of Koma. Metal cutting scissors, thimble, straight pins, devise for holding the frame steady and flat, laying tool (tekobari recommended). Lamp and magnifier if needed. The usual needlework tools.
Classroom equipment: Floor easel with flip chart