Debora Konchinsky
Breinigsville, Pennsylvania

Debora earned a BFA in Fabric Design from the Philadelphia College of Art where she learned how to invent by thinking outside the box. When she discovered the Clover felting tool that she uses, Debora found that her appliqués became more realistic. Recently Debora has entered her large wool felted appliqué quilts, Crazy Sheep, and Sheep Wannabees into national shows and they have both won blue ribbons, Viewer’s Choice ribbons and a Judge’s Choice ribbon.Visit www.critterpat.com.

A New Flock of Sheep, Half Day
Thursday, 9/18/2014 - 9/18/2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn to how to felt appliqués by pushing wool fibers into wool appliqués fused to wool backgrounds with a needle-felting tool. Complete your sheep with 3-D ears and tails, textures and sculptural faces. It is an easy trick to draw the details, even if you have no prior experience. We will set aside some time to discuss how simple hand embroidery adds so much to the appeal of this quilt. The great advantage to this new technique, Felted Appliqué, is its portability, as no machine is required. All levels. Materials List: Supplies Participants Should Bring: Scissors, small to cut out appliqués. Felting tool - bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with three needles). Available at Critter Pattern Works booth before class, $14.50. A piece of upholstery foam (available at CPW booth) to felt into. Replacement needles optional (5 for $7.50, available in class). Pins to pin the appliqués to cut them out. Embroidery threads, pearl cotton size #5 or 8 or floss in colors like medium gray, greens, for plants, browns or grays for tree trunks, and colors for flowers. This is not essential, so don’t bring a lot. The focus of the class is felting the sheep. Needle for embroidery. Class kit, $25 payable to instructor, includes “A New Flock of Sheep” pattern (value $14.95); Two baggies of wool rovings (value $6.00) in different colors for sheep and backgrounds and textures. Your choice, they are all different. Four or more pieces of wool fabrics felted together in a 12” x 12” square for backgrounds and scraps for appliqués (value $16.00) your choice, they are all different. (Having these fabrics sewn saves you from lugging your sewing machine to class to work on something you already know how to do.) Seed beads for sheep eyes.
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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers