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Velvet Strawberries

Velvet Strawberries taught by Arlene Baker

Savvy gardeners know strawberries are one of the most popular soft fruits for growing at home. Little effort yields delicious and attractive results. The only problem is that the growing season is all too fleeting. After this workshop, you'll have plump luscious berries to enjoy year round. Problem solved!

Luxurious silk and rayon velvet, sized and laminated to silk organza, is heated to form between petal and leaf molds. After the "petals" are molded, they are cut and trimmed. The petals are supported by a molded crinoline foundation, stuffed with cotton, and glued together to form the berries. Tiny bead "seeds" stitched to the velvet lend a touch of whimsy. Paper stems, colored with alcohol inks, look natural and appealing. A hand-cut cloth calyx tops each berry. Leaves are molded, trimmed and stemmed with wire. The sample strawberries and leaves are gathered together and hand-stitched to a cloth covered finishing medallion. The finished composition is worn as a pin. With your creativity though it could have a mulitutitude of uses.

Class Time: 1 session, 6 hrs

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: ** Supply list will be sent via email after registration

Prerequisites: Threading a needle and basic hand stitching

Fee: $75