Making Faces: Beginning and Advanced Portraits (Video Download)

Create dramatic fabric portraits for your art quilts.
SKU: EP1421

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Learn several techniques to create dramatic fabric portraits for your art quilts. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and advanced quilters. Discover how to manipulate your photos with computer software to easily fashion portraits of your loved ones with fused appliqu??. Then learn how to use a photo to draw faces on fabric with colored pencils, pens, fabric paints, or inks. Extra bonus: basic lessons on how to draw faces freehand.

  • Computer with photo editing software
  • Digital photo
  • Lite Steam-A-Seam 2® cut 3 pieces 81???2" x 11"
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Large scissors (optional)
  • Small scissors (essential)
  • Red gel pen
  • Silver (or white) gel pen
  • Four shades of fabric (light, medium light, medium dark, dark), each cut into 1 piece 8.5 inches x 11 inches
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Computer with photo editing software
  • Digital photo
  • Freezer paper, cut 8.5 inches x 11 inches
  • Light colored fabric, cut approximately 10 inches x 12 inches
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Light table
  • Pigma® Micron® 005 pen or a mechanical pencil
  • Choice of mediums: pen, pencil, pastels, crayon, paint, ink, thickened dye
  • Photo
  • Drawing paper and drawing pencil
  • Light colored fabric, cut 8.5 inches x 11 inches
  • Light table
  • Pigma® Micron® 005 pen or a mechanical pencil
  • Choice of mediums: pen, pencil, pastels, crayon, paint, ink, thickened dye
  • Heavy, clear plastic (like tablecloth material from a sewing store or template plastic, transparency film, or a report cover)
  • Dry erase marker (or a Sharpie® with rubbing alcohol to remove lines later???test first)
  • Quilt top, sandwiched with batting and backing
  • Chalk pencil for marking quilt top
  • Fine thread (such as invisible thread, 100-weight silk, or 60-weight polyester)
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EP1421
Product Type Video Download
Author/Designer Maria Elkins
Customer Reviews (9)
She makes it easy!
Love it! Maria is the best! Review by Becky (Posted on 7/31/2016)
Excellent instructions
I found the tutorial very clear and was able to follow along and complete my project without difficulty. I recommend this video to anyone who is interested in making portrait quilts. I am very impressed with my first attempt. Review by Carole (Posted on 11/25/2015)
Excellent Tutorial
This instructor clearly presents the various steps to produce a quilt from a portrait. She also presents four category levels. I hihgly recommend this download. Review by Jocelyne (Posted on 10/23/2015)
I watched a segment on Quilting Arts with Maria, and I was so impressed with the portraits. This class did not disappoint. Everything a beginner needs & also plenty of challenge later as the technique is mastered! So glad I made this purchase! Review by Nichole (Posted on 4/10/2014)
Excellent Video
I have rated this video five star because it covers everything a beginner needs to know and then some more, much much more.
Absolutely top value. Thank you for all the techniques and inspiration.
Very easy to understand, brilliant tutor. Thank you for bringing this service to us via downloads it is a very convenient way of taking a class. I am playing around with the techniques and hope to use some of them in the contemporary dolls I make.
Review by Cecilia (Posted on 1/24/2014)
Portaits made easy (or at least easier)
Step-by-step on how to make beautiful portraits. Easy to follow, lots of tips and really encouraging. My first attempt looks good so far. Money well spent! I would love to see a follow-up on how to quilt and finish your portraits! Review by Asa (Posted on 7/16/2013)
Excellent video
Several techniques, all explained very well. I made a small 8 x 10 portrait quilt using instructions from this video and it turned out great! Review by Mary Pauza (Posted on 6/10/2013)
Very informative video
This video is jam packed full of ideas and techniques, catering to different levels of quilters. The instructions are very clear and easy to understand . The artistic work shared throughout the video really gets the creative juices flowing ! Im inspired ! Thank you for creating such a wonderful video. Review by Kyna Campbell (Posted on 7/20/2012)
Making Faces: Download
Very well done video with lots of techniques and information. I intend to try all of the techniques. Review by Helene Holwerda (Posted on 1/23/2012)
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